Part 1. The Collection and Analysis of Physical Evidence

By Jennie Zeidman
Investigation of UFO events where physical evidence may be present offers the greatest potential for scientific pay off. It is the positive identification of physical evidence which will finally "prove our case." Although some UFO investigators and analysts have argued that certain photographs or artifacts must be genuine, the irrefutable, undeniable, scrupulously documented evidence still eludes us, and the attitude "I'll believe it when they land on the White House lawn" prevails, especially among traditionally skeptical media.

Our quest for definitive answers therefore dictates that we "collect anything collectible," "measure anything measurable," and "analyze anything analyzable!" Specific problems and techniques in the collection and documentation of physical evidence are discussed under their individual categories of:

	a.	Electrical/magnetic effects
	b.	Animal effects
	c.	Physiological/psychological effects
	d.	Landing cases with or without obvious effects
	e.	Artifacts
	f.	Photographic cases
	g.	Radar cases

Irrespective of the type of evidence, however, it is the duty of the field investigator to be thoroughly familiar with the proper techniques of sample-taking, sample protection (packaging and transportation), and documentation. A little paranoia is in order here. Take multiple specimens, and store them in carefully labeled appropriate containers. (The investigator who sets forth without an ample supply of new ziplock type bags is an investigator ill-prepared!) Then retain one set of specimens; not casually tossed onto a shelf in the garage, but inside the house in a secure place. Contact your State Director, who will direct you to the MUFON Coordinator of Technical Analysis or a person or facility to perform the indicated analysis. Get a written receipt from both carrier and recipient. Keep a log for each case: what samples were taken, how packaged, where, when, and to whom sent.

Astounding advances in technology have occurred since the early days of ufology. It is now possible to define DNA "fingerprints," spectroscopically analyze minute samples of material, and enhance blurred negatives into readable photographs. The methods involved are not inexpensive everyday lab tests. However, as respect for ufology grows, opportunities for specialized analysis become increasingly available to UFO organizations. The alert researcher will keep the possibilities for technical analysis in mind as the evidence is pursued.