Carbon dating of the shroud of turin
Again, this is all published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.We simply do not have enough reliable information to arrive at a scientifically rigorous conclusion.Chemical analysis, all nicely peer-reviewed in scientific journals and subsequently confirmed by numerous chemists, shows that samples tested are chemically unlike the whole cloth.It was probably a mixture of older threads and newer threads woven into the cloth as part of a medieval repair.Years ago, as a skeptic of the Shroud, I came to realize that while I might believe it was a fake, I could not know so from the facts.Now, as someone who believes it is the real burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth, I similarly realize that a leap of faith over unanswered questions is essential. Recent robust statistical studies add weight to this theory.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.
We now have Barberis saying another C-14 test should be done. Louis conference, there is a lot of debate among researchers whether it should be done.Many experts have stood by a 1988 carbon-14 dating of scraps of the cloth carried out by labs in Oxford, Zurich and Arizona that dated it from 1260 to 1390, which, of course, would rule out its used during the time of Christ.The new test, by scientists at the University of Padua in northern Italy, used the same fibers from the 1988 tests but disputes the findings.If it is done, a lot would obviously depend on the background study and the various entities involved in the testing.Heaven forbid if it would be anything like the 88 testing.
I love these kinds of mysteries on the borders of the explicable, the sort of stuff you find in books such as Paul Badde’s 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.