The Lead Codices are Forgeries – If the E-Mail is Authentic

Daniel McClellan shares an e-mail allegedly from Peter Thonemann at Oxford, staking his career on the lead plates being forgeries, and explaining why.

Here’s the catch: Daniel can’t verify the authenticity of the e-mail. And verifying the authenticity of e-mails can sometimes be harder than verifying the authenticity and antiquity of lead plates!

If only Daniel had left posting on this until tomorrow, I would have found it more amusing…

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  • Daniel O. McClellan

    I've got some pictures up now of the plate discussed in the email. The iconography and lettering looks suspiciously like the other plates we've seen in the past few days.

  • James F. McGrath

    Yes, the artwork is very similar and the text clearly indicates these as forgeries, and so this may indeed be enough to settle the matter. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Daniel O. McClellan

    Dr. Thonemann emailed me to confirm that he did write that email and has sent it out to several colleagues.