A recent series of articles in the Daily Mail focuses again on the authenticity of this remarkable relic and draws some striking conclusions.
In an article by Mark Prigg three main points are highlighted;
Researchers at an Italian University- Politecnico di Torino- have claimed the following;
.The Turin Shroud is REAL
.A Magnitude 8.2 earthquake occurred in Old Jerusalem in 33AD
.The Flood of neutrons released by this event could have confused carbon dating results.
. Neutron radiation produced by earthquake may have been responsible for imprinting an ‘x-ray’ image on the cloth.
Strangely, carbon dating tests conducted in 1988 suggested that the cloth was only 728 years old, therefor could not be linked to the resurrection so was most likely a forgery.
This new research is published in the journal Meccanica.
The article continues;
Previously, scientists have suggested that neutron radiation may have been responsible for the ghostly image of a crucified man, but no plausible explanation had been offered for the source of radiation, up till now that is.
Professor Carpinteri’s team believes earthquake- induced high pressure waves in the Earth’s crust may be an overlooked natural source.
Read more at website below.
Another Daily Mail article by Sarah Griffiths suggests that the many artworks depicting Christ’s death may be inaccurate as scientists studying the shroud claim the victim was suspended from a cross in a Y-shape position: that is hands nailed above the head which would have been even more painful and would have most likely resulted in death by asphyxiation.
The researchers arrived at this conclusion after studying lines of ‘blood’ down the arms.
This was according to researchers from Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Pavia Italy.
A third article titled ‘Is the Turin Shroud genuine after all’ cites one of the scientists involved in the investigation, Dr Raymond Rogers, who died in 2005, in a video made before his death, in which the US chemist reveals his own tests to show the relic to be much older – dating back to between 1,300 and 3,000 years ago.
He was quoted as saying 'I don’t believe in miracles that defy the laws of nature.
After the 1988 investigation I’d given up on the shroud.
‘But now I am coming to the conclusion that it has a very good chance of being the piece of cloth that was used to bury the historic Jesus.’
He found the 1988 sample was a patch of material woven in to repair the shroud after it was damaged by fire. The shroud has been damaged by several fires since it was discovered in France in 1357 and was thought to have been repaired by nuns.
Dr Rogers said: ‘The cotton fibres were fairly heavily coated with dye, suggesting they were changed to match the linen during a repair. ‘I concluded that area of the shroud was manipulated by someone with great skill, it consisted of different materials than were used in the shroud itself. So the age we produced was inaccurate.
Dr Rogers’s video will be broadcast in The Turin Shroud: New Evidence on the Discovery Channel – on BBC probably.