She was my resident Biblical expert and advised me whenever I had questions about either Old or New Testament issues, all of which were far from my own areas of expertise.More than that however, she was a dear friend and supporter of our work.However, we experienced a major computer crash just a few days ago, so many of the materials (books, papers, articles and videos) that I had hoped to include in this update will have to wait until a later update after our computer issues are resolved. Here is the Update Table of Contents: It is hard for me to believe that 40 years have gone by since our team was given the unprecedented privilege to perform an in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud of Turin in 1978.Of course, it also brings with it the sadness of knowing that so many of our team members have passed away in the ensuing years.He is survived by Mary Whanger, his wife of 63 years and a noted Shroud scholar in her own right.He was best known for applying a polarized light overlay technique to compare the Shroud image to images on ancient artworks and coins.In the afternoon and evening of the 10th they will have the opportunity to visit the Shroud and then continue on to Rome.
Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. I visited Alan's home in Durham on a number of occasions where we discussed and studied his Shroud related research in his impressive basement studio filled with Shroud materials.
On one occasion when I was in Jerusalem with the ESSJ expedition Alan tracked me down and asked me to conduct botanical experiments on his behalf with flowers in a tomb complex.
I also sourced for him the mighty botanical encyclopaedia of the Middle East.
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