> Allegations of forgery aside, weren't all these red ochre markings
> placed on the blocks at the same time?
Not according to this statement:
“Faint marks were repainted, some were new.”
You were quite recently inclined to give it credence — and no, we can’t just set aside allegations of forgery, when allegations of forgery are what’s driving all of this. See Erdmann and van Helsing, Die Jahrtausendlüge, book of the film „Die Cheops-Lüge“ (“The Cheops Lie”).
> As Erdmann says: "We have not affected the royal cartouche,
> which is sacred to us."
I’m sure we can all trust Erdmann, who is as honest as the day is long, even if the original (and apparently false) claim was that they had sampled the cartouche:
“A first sample of the cartridge [kartusche] was taken during a first expedition with our camera crew and is now in the hands of a well known institute for lab analysis in Germany.”
> Apparently this science has moved on considerably with only tiny
> samples required to obtain a result.
In the last five minutes? This is a recent claim, not one made years ago. The greater problem by far is that it’s not clear who made it.