Isn't it funny...I have run many hundreds of tests for owners of self and
family found collections. Sometimes the dating doesn't match the finder's
pre-conceptions, but the authenticity of each scanned artifact was never
called in doubt. I have run as many or more pieces bought from the Internet,
the "Finder", the "old collection", and of course, Granddad's famous and
inexhaustible sock drawer. Somehow many of these pieces keep scanning
as fakes. Those who don't believe the hi-tech approach to authentication
works should definitely spend some time trying to explain this to me.

Let me tell you a true story. I won't name names, just to avoid embarrassing
the parties involved. It involves a multi- day project to catalogue a large self
found collection, the ultimate goal being to rearrange the frames according
to their laser dates. The owner/finder assisted me, and we had a really good
time. We ran hundreds of scans, and while no incredible new insights were
gained a solid foundation of information was built up. The client handed me
a point, one of hundreds. I scanned it, as I had all the others. Boom, dead,
flatline! I did a double take, and scanned it again. Same. I turned to my client,
and exclaimed, "This %*#@!  thing is a fake!" No tact there, but I was so
surprised. The poor guy's face fell. "My wife bought that one for me for my
birthday. She got it from a well known dealer."  Do you think I wasted a lot of
time wondering why that point scanned bad, and the one's he found scanned

So when guy's with a lot of money at stake start hollering "Bad Science/
Snake Oil/ Fraud!" at me, I'm not surprised. Or concerned. I don't work for
them; I work for the clients who pay for my services. My clients (Bosses) are
a very diverse lot of people. They include collectors and avocational
archaeologists of all ages and from all parts of the US. Many are retired
professionals with experience in the sciences or experience with other forms
of instrumentation. All are united by a commitment to the truth. They know
how seriously I take their trust, and the amount of effort I put forth on their
behalf. They are in general a skeptical lot, and I am certainly proud of their
confidence. This is what I focus on, and it leaves me no time to worry about
those Luddite's throwing stones.
A Funny Observation About IR Laser Scans
Bill Breckinridge
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These points average 8" or 9", all made from the same Edwards
Chert. "Ghosts" like this are common Flea Market, Gun Show,
and Antique Store finds. Many of their owners earnestly believe
in the authenticity of these slabbed out monstrosities.