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New test dates Turin Shroud to the time of Jesus

April 26, 2022 | Comment icon 79 comments

Is the Shroud of Turin genuine ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Dianelos Georgoudis
A new type of scientific testing technique has reportedly dated the iconic relic to the 1st Century.
Believed by many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus himself, the Turin Shroud - which is today situated in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy - has long been the subject of intense scrutiny, controversy and debate.

One of the biggest points of contention regarding its authenticity is its age. If it were genuine, it would be expected to date back 2,000 years to the time of Jesus, however a prominent study conducted in 1988 using radiocarbon-dating seemed to suggest that it was in fact only 700 years old, leading to suggestions that it was most likely a medieval forgery.

Now, however, a new test using a technique known as Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS) has contradicted the 1988 findings by indicating that the shroud really is 2,000 years old.

According to Italian scientist Liberato De Caro, radiocarbon-dating is not a reliable technique for dating fabric and the newer X-ray scattering method provides a more reliable result.
"Fabric samples are usually subject to all kinds of contamination, which cannot always be controlled and completely removed from the dated specimen," he told NCR.

"If the cleaning procedure of the sample is not thoroughly performed, carbon-14 dating is not reliable."

In addition to dating the shroud to the time of Jesus, the scientists also discovered traces of pollen on the fabric that can be found only in the Middle-East.

If confirmed, it would add further evidence that the shroud was in fact the genuine article.

Source: CBN | Comments (79)

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Comment icon #70 Posted by stereologist 17 days ago
It' amazing how little people know about the shroud of Turin. Like so many other medieval forgeries this one was deemed a fake right from the beginning. Yet, some people back then as some people do now they think it is in some sense real. The only true dating method ever applied to the shroud was C-14 and it places the shroud's date to the time when it was "discovered". Since the C-14 dating there have been now 3 attempts to date the shroud to an earlier time period. This being the latest. There was the vanillin dating BS, there was the fiber strength BS, and now we have the WAXS BS. The probl... [More]
Comment icon #71 Posted by locomekipkachelfantje 17 days ago
Quote from my link: "The mechanical multi-parametric method, based on an analysis of five parameters, including the breaking load and Young’s modulus and the loss factor, after an adequate calibration based on the results of two dozen samples of known age, dates TS as 400 AD ± 400 years old [12]."
Comment icon #72 Posted by locomekipkachelfantje 17 days ago
I didn't know of this reproduction. Here's a video about how Luigi Garlaschelli made it:  
Comment icon #73 Posted by stereologist 17 days ago
That's not how a dating method is calibrated. You need to learn what that means. This is just another case of someone pretending to calibrate a dating method.
Comment icon #74 Posted by locomekipkachelfantje 17 days ago
You mean, for instance, calibrating using a proven method like C14 plus dendrochronology?
Comment icon #75 Posted by stereologist 16 days ago
In that case there is an external standard that can be used to determine values and error bars for those values. C-14 dating has been calibrated under a large number of circumstances. The error bars are well known. The problem with the proposed dating methods which are applied only to the shroud of Turin is that the methods are not calibrated in the sense that they have been tested against well established known sources in a variety of conditions to determine the error bars. Radioisotope methods are well studied. So is dendrochronology. So is thermoluminescence dating. These shroud methods cou... [More]
Comment icon #76 Posted by stereologist 16 days ago
What appear to be blood stains have been tested. They do seem to be real blood byproducts. The issue is that the stains appear to be done by someone external to the person we see on the shroud.    
Comment icon #77 Posted by bigjonalien 15 days ago
Almost proof of jesus???
Comment icon #78 Posted by locomekipkachelfantje 15 days ago
Even ìf the shroud was 2000 years old, it still would be only a 2000 years old shroud.
Comment icon #79 Posted by MyOtherAccount 2 days ago
Well, here is an answer to one of your questions: BR started out titled "Bible Review" and then transitioned to "BR". I am/was a charter member and also have every issued published. Here is a link that includes additional information. And some of my chrentials: Scripture Information Standard (OSIS,commentaries%2C and other related literature.

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