Radiocarbon 14 dating of the shroud of turin

Philip Ball, the former physical science editor for Nature when the carbon dating results were published, recently wrote: “It’s fair to say that, despite the seemingly definitive tests in 1988, the status of the Shroud of Turin is murkier than ever.” If we wish to be scientific we must admit we do not know how old the cloth is.But if the newer thread is about half of what was tested – and some evidence suggests that – it is possible that the cloth is from the time of Christ.It was probably a mixture of older threads and newer threads woven into the cloth as part of a medieval repair.Recent robust statistical studies add weight to this theory.New scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin, which was on display Saturday in a special TV appearance introduced by the Pope, dates the cloth to ancient times, challenging earlier experiments dating it only to the Middle Ages..The Shroud of Turin, shown in 1979, is a 14-foot linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus.

Francis, reflecting that careful Vatican policy, on Saturday called the cloth, which is kept in a climate-controlled case, an "icon" -- not a relic.The latest findings are contained in a new Italian-language book — Il Mistero Della Sindone or The Mystery of the Shroud, by Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at Padua University, and Saverio Gaeta, a journalist.Fanti, a Catholic, used infra-red light and spectroscopy – the measurement of radiation intensity through wavelengths -- in his test.No one has a good idea how front and back images of a crucified man came to be on the cloth.Yes, it is possible to create images that look similar.

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