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Doubts cast on 1988 Shroud of Turin study

Posted on Tuesday, 6 August, 2019 | Comment icon 48 comments

Could the Shroud of Turin be genuine ? Image Credit: CC 3.0 Mogadir
A new analysis has cast doubt on the findings of a controversial study into the authenticity of the shroud.
During the original study back in 1988, radiocarbon dating was used to determine that the Shroud of Turin - which is believed by many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus himself - dated to between 1260 and 1390, suggesting that it was in fact a medieval forgery.

Now though, by obtaining the original data through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, a new team of researchers has determined that these results may in fact be unreliable.

"For almost 30 years, scholars asked in vain for the raw data from the three laboratories and the supervising institution, the British Museum," said study leader Tristan Casabianca.

"I graduated in law, so I had the idea to make a legal request based on the Freedom of Information Act. The British Museum was the only institution to fully and quickly answer my request."

It turned out that the original tests had been conducted only on the very edges of the cloth and that the results may have been affected by a fire at the Sainte-Chapelle in 1532.

"The tested samples are obviously heterogeneous from many different dates," said Casabianca. "There is no guarantee that all these samples, taken from one end of the shroud, are representative of the whole fabric."

"It is, therefore, impossible to conclude that the Shroud of Turin dates from the Middle Ages."

Source: NC Register | Comments (48)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #39 Posted by Piney on 24 August, 2019, 0:04
Semitic people look nothing like Indo-Iranians nor do they have the same genetics. Iranians came from the same PIE people Europeans did and originally were fair. The Shroud doesn't look at all like a Semite. It looks like a Northern European. 
Comment icon #40 Posted by Dejarma on 24 August, 2019, 0:14
FOI? is the info government owned? i'm confused 
Comment icon #41 Posted by eight bits on 24 August, 2019, 0:19
The information was stored in the collections of the British Museum, which is publicly funded and as such is covered under the UK FOI laws.
Comment icon #42 Posted by Dejarma on 24 August, 2019, 0:30
when an article uses FOI it gives the impression it's all weird & wonderful/ info hard to obtain etc..... I was always under the impression (via scientific research) that the Turin shroud is the result of Leonardo da Vinci playing around with urine-soaked cloth.. Is this research wrong?
Comment icon #43 Posted by DieChecker on 24 August, 2019, 15:44
Early pictures, I believe showed the corners as fire damaged and patched. The sample was taken from an area that was adjacent to one of the known patches.  The arguement being it was not the first time it was patched. Records, I believe, seemed to show several times it was repaired, so it would seem possible. I'll see if I can find one of those old pictures.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Desertrat56 on 24 August, 2019, 18:39
I know, I just get frustrated with people making those kinds of ignorant comments. 
Comment icon #45 Posted by brian100 on 13 September, 2019, 8:17
The shroud caught on fire in its silver box in the 13th i think.  The story was the nuns couldn't find the keys and when they did they dumped water on it to put the fire out and then magically some stains appeared on it that now can be used to identify the person in the shroud. I started a topic on it but it got closed.  They patched the holes and either re-weaved the edges or repaired them and the carbon dating is bogus.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Aquila King on 13 September, 2019, 20:15
The fact they even wasted time doing a study on this just lends credence to the fact that there's way too many studies.
Comment icon #47 Posted by Davros of Skaro on 15 September, 2019, 2:42
Comment icon #48 Posted by brian100 on 15 September, 2019, 15:38
Here's a new video that cast doubt on the carbon dating. After the fire the nuns reweaved the edges to repair it, so anyone saying its a fake is so busted.    

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