The pieces of wood recovered by the miners were examined and photographed, as too was the leaf imprint, but access to the ventilation shaft was not possible, nor were samples of the enclosing basalt available, having long been dumped with all the other rubble and waste rock.However, an exploratory hole had been drilled close to where the shaft was eventually dug.Pieces of the basalt samples from the outcrop and the drill core were also sent to analytical laboratories, for major, minor, and trace element analyses to establish the character of these rocks, but mainly for radioactive ‘dating’ analyses.Potassium-argon (K-Ar) ‘dating’ was performed on the two outcrop samples by the AMDEL laboratory in Adelaide (Australia), while one of the two outcrop samples and two drill core samples, one being in contact with the fossil wood, were ‘dated’ by Geochron Laboratories. When subsequently questioned regarding the limits of the analytical method for the radiocarbon and any possibility of contamination, staff at both laboratories (Ph. scientists) were readily insistent that the results, with one exception, C results (last column in Table 1), consistent with the carbon being organic carbon from wood, and indicating no possibility of contamination.After visiting the mine site, nearby outcrops of the same basalt flows were investigated and sampled.This was to make sure we at least had some samples of the basalt, just in case permission to have the drill core wasn’t forthcoming.
This drill core was subsequently sent to us once permission was granted by the mining company.
the 30k y/o dates for the wood become more in line both with the Bible and previous fossil C-14 dates.