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Old 15th December 2015, 09:31 AM   #2030
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Originally Posted by Jabba View Post
- According to Jay, observation "trumps" inference.
- I would point out that this word doesn't really apply -- and confuses the issue -- when we're considering "preponderance of evidence."
- Do I need to explain?
Well, there is no inference, only unfounded conjecture, as opposed to expert observation.

The sample that was carbon-dated is not patched. Even if it were, the patching threads would have been from the same material, and any contamination from the patching process would have been insufficient to affect the date and would anyway have been removed by the cleaning process.
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