> Why the sarcasm? And why are you ignoring the
> other far more realistic possibility? You must
> have missed the very logical comment by Jon that
> simply suggests the likelihood that the mortar is
> younger at the bottom levels because that's where
> most of the restorations have occurred in more
> recent years. This is exactly the point I made in
> my review of the '95 study. In that report the
> authors automatically assumed the sample data
> represented a homogeneous population rather than
> considering the possibility that the data was
> multimodal. The two quotes you posted (above) are
> consistent with each other. Your excerpt from
> Onvlee quoted above logically suggests that such
> restorations are a very real possibility. In fact,
> Onvlee agrees that the C14 data support the notion
> that the OK timeline is too compressed.
> > There is only one escape for you on
> > Philip, and it is your proof beyond doubt the
> > had a time machine. I don't have time for your
> > childish games. There's your answer.
> It is not the only "escape". You seem fixated on
> your own timeline and are not considering the
> other possibilities that are consistent with the
> evidence. Calling it "childish games" won't make
> that go away.
> Meanwhile, you evaded my question. I didn't ask
> whether there was a problem with C14 methods. I
> only commented on the logical flaws in the '95
> paper which are real and which you didn't address.
> My review of that paper had nothing to do with the
> validity of C14 dating, itself. It was about the
> faulty way the investigation was conducted and
> reported, just about every step of the way,
> regardless of the accuracy of the C14 method.
This is what happens when an attempt is made to shoehorn the data into a preexisting tenet instead of accepting the data at face value and following the science.
The earlier dates trend toward the higher courses, and if memory serves me correctly the earliest date is close to the summit.
Evidence at face value of top down working .. repair/refurbishment.
Best to start at the top and then not constantly trampling all over the repair work.