Today (12-06-17) I spoke once again with Howard at M.S.U. diagnostic services in Lansing, Mi. It was encouraging to hear that the specimen he received was in the same condition as when I sent it; however, he went on to announce that his associates are even more puzzled than when they only had the jpgs and mpegs. Secondly, after briefly discussing the known elements, he said, “There is the possibility that these objects are not as rare as we think but it could be that no one has ever seen them before.” As soon as he has time, Howard plans to personally deliver the object to the geological department rather than send it through campus delivery services. He agreed that in January I should phone for an update.
Right now, if I do not have this issue resolved by spring I might consider starting a dig in the back yard.