Carbon dating of shroud of turin


01-Oct-2016 09:29

The Shroud has attracted widespread interest ever since Secondo Pia took the first photograph of it in 1898 which showed details which could not be seen by the naked eye.Last year scientists at the University of Padua in northern Italy dated it to between 300BC and AD400 – still hundreds of years after Christ, who is believed to have died between 30-36AD.Many papers on it have recently appeared in important scientific journals.Scientific studies on the relic until today fail to provide conclusive answers about the identity of the enveloped man and the dynamics regarding the image formation impressed therein.Many books on the theme have been already published, but none of them contains such a quantity of scientific news and reports.

The Vatican has never said whether it believes the shroud to be authentic, although Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI once said that the enigmatic image imprinted on the cloth "reminds us always" of Christ's suffering.A powerful earthquake could achieve the same effect, generating neutron radiation from stresses in the Earth, it is claimed.