The Shroud of Turin: A new study has rekindled debate




Shroud of Turin — that Christians worship Christ and funeral cover one of the most important relics of the church — was in 1988 declared a forgery by three different scientific institutions. However, interest in it is preserved, and the new work gives reason to believe that the Shroud is worthy of more attention.

• The Shroud of Turin is always in the midst of controversy

Raymond Rogers, a former head of group research and development of explosives at Los Alamos National Laboratory, suggested that the samples used for the dating of the shroud in 1988 were fake, and that the experiment should be repeated. His conclusions are based on the results of a recent chemical analysis of the shroud and the results of previously made (in 1978) a visual inspection. Rogers was one of two dozen American scientists in 1978, took part in the Shroud of Turin Research Project — a five-day survey conducted in Italy. In 1988, the Vatican allowed to cut three pieces the size of a postage stamp from one corner of the shroud and handed them to the three laboratories — University of Arizona, Oxford and the Swiss Federal Institute in Zurich for radiocarbon dating, which showed that the cloth was made between 1260 and 1390.

In December 2003, Rogers received a sample of tissue from the Shroud of his colleagues — physics, who also participated in the survey in 1978. A sample was taken from the same lane as the material for the carbon dating. After spending a chemical analysis and examination under a microscope, Rogers indicated that madder (dye) and kamednaya stain were manually marked on the angle of the shroud — which indicates repainting tissue. Moreover, it is a combination of dye fixative and came to Europe and France, until the XVI century. That is, apparently this portion was painted to match the color of the rest of the fabric. Rogers also found evidence that this angle was woven anew, and that the restoration was done in the Middle Ages. Hence, the analysis was conducted in 1988 precisely enough to analyze only the selected sample was significantly different from the rest of the shroud.

However, if it is produced by a new carbon dating and it will show that the Shroud was woven in the first century, to prove her relationship to Jesus will be virtually impossible.


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