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New test dates Turin Shroud to the time of Jesus

By T.K. Randall
April 26, 2022 · Comment icon 82 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 (82)

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Comment icon #73 Posted by stereologist 7 months 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 7 months ago
You mean, for instance, calibrating using a proven method like C14 plus dendrochronology?
Comment icon #75 Posted by stereologist 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
Almost proof of jesus???
Comment icon #78 Posted by locomekipkachelfantje 7 months 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 7 months 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.
Comment icon #80 Posted by Piney 7 months ago
Yes because Bibles and being preached to is far more important than food, medical or mental health treatment. I quite enjoy the homophobic bent too.  Here's my credentials Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) AFSC/Red Cross/VOA Cadburyite Seminarian under Emma Peaslee Engle who's doctrine is Bibles for the needy are about as useful as teets on a bull. 
Comment icon #81 Posted by TripGun 2 months ago
Solving the world again over here boss.
Comment icon #82 Posted by Desertrat56 2 months ago
It all boils down to people craving proof that their myth is real and even if they could actually identify remains of someone named Jesus with the wounds that were described it would still not prove anything except some man called Jesus or Yeshua or what ever was crucified by the Romans, and guess what, they crucified a lot of people in that time, it was their way of getting the population under control.  They were building an empire and needed the people to be compliant.  It is the main reason they made friends with the leaders of the area first.  It was how they operated.   They even convert... [More]

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