Hall, the Oxford University professor whose scientific analysis helped to expose the Piltdown Man hoax and determine the age of the Shroud of Turin, has died at The cause of death was not announced. Hall was a leading authority on archeometry, a discipline that employs radiocarbon dating and other techniques to authenticate archeological discoveries. His laboratory helped to uncover many frauds.
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A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries: Earth and Life Sciences
The Piltdown fossils, including a portion of the skull, a jawbone, and a few teeth, were found in and This "Piltdown Man" was believed by many to be "the earliest Englishman," and in fact, the missing link between apes and humans. But in , the jawbone was found to be that of a modern ape -- orangutan, most likely -- that had been treated with chemicals to make it look as though it had been lying in the ground for hundreds of centuries. The cap of the skull was still thought to be a genuine fossil, but far more recent than originally believed.
The Great Holy Shroud Dating Fraud of 1988
The following is a digest from reports compiled by a team of investigators for a French traditionalist group called "The Catholic Counter-Reformation of the Twentieth Century", and published in April Between and , at the initiative of one John Jackson, an American physicist of the U. In the entire STURP team, with seven tons of equipment, journeyed to Turin where from midnight of Sunday 8 October to midnight of Friday 13 October they spent a full hours studying the Shroud, experimenting, photographing and compiling data which they studied over the next three years. At a highly technical Symposium held at New London, Connecticut, on 10 and 11 October , STURP published in detail their main conclusions: not the least trace of paint had been detected on the Shroud, but instead the cloth had been stained with real human blood from a real human body which had suffered all the torments of Christ's Passion.
It appeared to be one of archaeology's most sensational finds. The skull fragment discovered in a peat bog near Hamburg was more than 36, years old - and was the vital missing link between modern humans and Neanderthals. This, at least, is what Professor Reiner Protsch von Zieten - a distinguished, cigar-smoking German anthropologist - told his scientific colleagues, to global acclaim, after being invited to date the extremely rare skull. However, the professor's year-old academic career has now ended in disgrace after the revelation that he systematically falsified the dates on this and numerous other "stone age" relics. Yesterday his university in Frankfurt announced the professor had been forced to retire because of numerous "falsehoods and manipulations".