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Did an earthquake create the Turin Shroud ?


Posted on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 | Comment icon 37 comments

The shroud is thought to bear the image of Christ. Image Credit: CC 3.0 Mogadir
Scientists in Italy believe that the image of Christ on the shroud may have been caused by an earthquake.
For years the Turin Shroud, a length of linen cloth thought to bear the image of Christ after his crucifixion, has been at the center of controversy and debate. Some maintain that the shroud is likely to be the genuine article while others are more skeptical, believing it instead to be a medieval forgery.

Now a research team from Italy has weighed in on the debate by claiming that a powerful earthquake that took place in 33 AD triggered a release of neutron particles, effectively imprinting the image of Jesus' body on the cloth like an X-ray.

In addition to explaining the origins of the image, the research also suggests that a corresponding increase in the level of carbon-14 isotopes in the cloth could have fooled radiocarbon tests that indicated that the shroud was only 768 years old.

"We believe it is possible that neutron emissions by earthquakes could have induced the image formation on the Shroud's linen fibres, through thermal neutron capture on nitrogen nuclei, and could also have caused a wrong radiocarbon dating," said Professor Alberto Carpinteri who led the study.

Source: Independent | Comments (37)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #28 Posted by toast on 13 February, 2014, 11:25
Wash+tumble it!
Comment icon #29 Posted by davros of skaro on 13 February, 2014, 11:44
You know that the Corinthians were actually Greeks, right? And that the book 1st Corinthians was probably written like 30 years after Jesus died, right. You can't take a religous document written for Greeks and apply it backward to prove 1st century BC Judeans did not have long hair. The Christians were considered a Cult by the Romans and the Jews at this point, so it seems to me unless you can find something in Deuderanomy, or one of the other books about short hair, that Jesus could easily have had long hair. Jews were all over, because they were merchant traders.Philo lived in Alexandria, a... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Sundew on 13 February, 2014, 16:27
Jesus as per ure was a Nazerene, and not a Nazirite like Samson. You never answered my question on wether you think "The Flinstones" are a loosely based historical documentation. The town of Nazareth has nothing what-so-ever to do with a Nazirite vow, it is merely a place name like New York or London. The Flintstones were directly based on the old black and white TV show "The Honeymooners" staring Jackie Gleason.
Comment icon #31 Posted by davros of skaro on 13 February, 2014, 23:48
The town of Nazareth has nothing what-so-ever to do with a Nazirite vow, it is merely a place name like New York or London. The Flintstones were directly based on the old black and white TV show "The Honeymooners" staring Jackie Gleason. Well ure never mentions Jesus taking a vow, and no mention of a shroud with his full body image.There have been supposed cloths with Jesus's face on it.Not untill the middle ages does this Shroud get mentioned, and is mentioned as a forgery. John 20:6-7 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 And... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Leonardo on 14 February, 2014, 18:37
I'd want to know what research backs that up. Did they actually try to replicate the result using neutron irradiation? Use a modern piece of cloth, irradiate it, then see if there's an image and see what date the C14 test shows. It shouldn't be hard to come up with some tests that replicate the hypothetical process. Doug It's not even been shown that earthquakes produce neutron radiation - that in itself is only a hypothesis. So, the hypothesis that the Shroud is a result of such 'earthquake-induced neutron radiation' is even further removed from being a sound observation.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Decemberwriter70 on 22 February, 2014, 21:36
It's not real. Can we move on now?
Comment icon #34 Posted by DieChecker on 24 February, 2014, 5:51
Jews were all over, because they were merchant traders.Philo lived in Alexandria, and he made the pilgrimage to Judea for Passover at least once.There were Jews in Rome too. "Under the Romans, Corinth was rebuilt as a major city in Southern Greece or Achaia. It had a large mixed population of Romans, Greeks, and Jews." http://en.wikipedia....Ancient_Corinth Leviticus 19 27 “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. What is "at the sides of your head" mean, and did Jesus clip off edges of his beard in defiance of his father? I suppose some of the Corint... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by DieChecker on 24 February, 2014, 5:54
A convenient excuse that doesn't hold up under investigation. http://www.shroud.co...fs/n65part5.pdf https://journals.uai...ticle/view/3419 The one links goes on about how the corners are dirty and that is how they appeared to be a different color, rather then due to a repair. How clean does a sample have to be to get an accurate C-14 test? Would the "greasy dirt" have been hard to get off, and would they have seriously chemically treated the bit of cloth to get the dirt off before doing the C-14 test? Wouldn't even using some kind of soap have affected the test somewhat? Basically what I read... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by Rlyeh on 24 February, 2014, 10:48
The one links goes on about how the corners are dirty and that is how they appeared to be a different color, rather then due to a repair. How clean does a sample have to be to get an accurate C-14 test? Would the "greasy dirt" have been hard to get off, and would they have seriously chemically treated the bit of cloth to get the dirt off before doing the C-14 test? Wouldn't even using some kind of soap have affected the test somewhat? Basically what I read was not that there was no repairs done, but that it is the articles opinon that there should never have been a need for such a repair. I th... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by DieChecker on 24 February, 2014, 21:13
I thought it was pointing out rather than using the claim the piece was dirty to explain the discoloration, the repair excuse was used, even though there was no signs of repair to the part that was tested. It said in the one article that they didn't know why the excuse of a repair was even used, when the dirt and grease alone would ruin the C-14 test. The presence of the greasy dirt deposit at the "removal site" alone would be sufficient to demonstrate the uselessness of the carbon-14 method, without having to construct an untenable "mending theory". http://www.shroud.com/pdfs/n65part5.pdf (pa... [More]


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