New Method Could Revolutionize Dating of Turin Shroud - Seeker
New scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin, which was on display Many experts have stood by a carbon dating of scraps of the cloth. University of Rochester, Rochester, New York ABSTRACT. An assessment is made of the credibility of the radiocarbon dating of the shroud of Turin. The. The Shroud of Turin is much older than suggested by s radiocarbon dating, a new chemical study suggests.
The gas slowly and gently oxidizes the surface of the object without damaging it to produce carbon dioxide for carbon analysis. The Turin shroud already underwent carbon dating in At that time, three reputable laboratories in Oxford, Zurich and Tucson, Ariz.
However, the radiocarbon dating did not prevent many scholars from formulating various hypotheses over the validity of the carbon tests, including the possibility that they were conducted on a sample taken from a medieval patch.
Rowe's method could finally put aside such speculation since it could place the date for the entire shroud. So far Rowe and his colleagues used the technique to analyze the ages of about 20 different organic substances, including wood, charcoal, leather, rabbit hair, a bone with mummified flesh attached, and a 1,year-old Egyptian weaving.
The results match those of conventional carbon dating techniques, they say. They conceded, however, that it would take a significant amount of data to convince museum directors, art conservators and possibly the Vatican that the new, non-invasive method indeed causes no damage. Kept rolled up in a silver casket, the Turin linen has survived several blazes since its existence was first recorded in France inincluding a mysterious fire at Turin Cathedral in It has been on display only five times in the past century.
What is your reaction to the new evidence? Do you believe the Turin shroud is Christ's burial cloth or do you think it is a hoax?
You sent us your comments. I think it would be better if it remained a mystery Benjamin, Pittsburgh The new research is quite fascinating. However, I wonder why nobody considered the patch idea earlier. And even though I want to believe that it belonged to Jesus, I think it would be better if it remained a mystery.
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There are always two sides to every story. This debate will only be solved after UFOs and the Kennedy assassination. The human nature and nature of humanity that allows us as a mammal to have such relics to debate over is the true miracle. Richard, Edmonton, Canada While I find the discussion on this article, and its age, interesting historically, it has no effect on my faith.
Trusting that Jesus was the Son of God come to earth to take on a human body, and then crucified taking on the sins of the world, to return from the dead and then to be resurrected to heaven is enough. God does nothing without reason or plan, and I can't fathom His leaving something confusing like this.
Unfortunately, some people seem to need or want more. The Bible isn't enough for them.
Even if it is proven that the shroud dates to c. It simply proves that you have a year-old burial shroud. Historically interesting, yes, and relatively unique, but the connection between this cloth and Jesus Christ is stretching the imagination so far as to be ridiculous.
Only the faithful will believe it anyway, and those people who need their faith to be bolstered by something as trivial as this need to question why they believe in the first place. The altars of Catholic Europe are full of the interred bones of saints who, if their existence is to be believed, must have had 7 legs and 97 ribs.
Frank Wognum, Duffort, France I think that regardless of whether it is or is not Christ's burial cloth, testing should still be allowed to take place. They only way any truth can be gained from the shroud is through testing it's age again - to get some measure of certainty. David Appleyard, Halifax, UK Tradition has often been confirmed by scientific investigation Nancy Robinson, Pittsburgh The Shroud is one of the most intriguing antiquities in the world.
I am excited by this new information. Tradition has often been confirmed by scientific investigation.
Maybe, some day, we'll find that the 'story' was true! Instead of wasting resources trying to prove what will not add any value to the body of Christ, I feel such resources should be channelled to orphanages and homes where it will help humanity to the glory of God. Patrick, Nigeria The shroud of Turin is a masterpiece whether or not it is the image of Christ.
I work with fibres and dyes, and the beauty and skill of the image from so long ago is a wonder to behold. How did it happen chemically? Treasure it, study it, and enjoy it as any great masterpiece. While science continues to disprove and now prove the Shroud of Turin to be older than the previous results, people's believes get stronger each day, by absorbing science findings as part of the foundation of their religion.
Turin Shroud may date from time of Jesus - Telegraph
Claudia Costa, Fairfax Virginia I believe the most interesting fact concerning the Turin Shroud is that it bears blood stains.
If so, this would show that Jesus was not actually dead when he was wrapped in it, and that Christian theology has been based on a false premise, and it would enable us to analyse his DNA and identify his descendants.
J S Walker I would like to look at who sponsored the research - but even if this evidence is correct, it in no way substantiates that the image is that of Jesus.