March, 2008: The Shroud of Turin Through History
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March 26, 2008: International radiocarbon dating experts revisit the Turin Shroud
The Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, in collaboration with an international research team, has carried out further tests to examine the evidence for the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, reputedly Christ’s burial cloth.
March 23, 2008: Shroud of Turin still a puzzle: Questions arise over carbon-dating that traced it to Middle Ages Tonight, Britain's BBC is airing a documentary questioning the carbon dating and detailing a new hypothesis that could explain how genuinely old linen could produce a much younger date in certain conditions.
March 21, 2008: Shroud of Turin Debate Rekindled
Twenty years after radiocarbon dating supposedly proved once and for all that the Shroud of Turin was a medieval hoax, scientists are revisiting their research to see if the tests were erroneous and the shroud really dates back to the time of Christ.
February 29, 2008: Shroud of Turin Gets High-Def Scrutiny
A huge 12.8 billion-pixel image was made of the linen, on which the smudged outline of the body of a man is indelibly impressed. The image was made following a Vatican request to obtain the most detailed reproduction of the yellowing ancient cloth. The technology allows a level of scrutiny of the linen as never achieved before.
April 12, 2006: Shroud of Turin wrongly condemned
"The Rape of the Turin Shroud – how Christianity's most precious relic was wrongly condemned, and violated," by William Meacham, contends the shroud was dismissed as a medieval fake by the general public after poorly planned Carbon-14 dating in 1988. The linen also suffered major damage in 2002 through what Meacham calls an ill-advised and secretly executed restoration "conducted for cosmetic and misguided conservation purposes."
January 31, 2005: Shroud of Turin "Older than Thought"
The Shroud of Turin is much older than suggested by radiocarbon dating carried out in the 1980s, according to a new study in a peer-reviewed journal.
September 24, 2005: Shroud of Turin 'shows future of science,' says local expert
Refuting theories that the figure on the shroud was painted, Piczek declared that the image's strong foreshortening of the body, combined with the lack of a continuous paint medium film on the cloth's surface, are "decisive arguments" that the shroud is not a painting. According to Piczek, the foreshortening of the legs, reflecting the reclined figure's elevated knees, excludes the possibility of a contact image of any kind. "An unknown system obeying laws different from optics created the image with strangely similar visual results," declared Piczek.
April 13, 2004: Turin Shroud 'shows second face'
New research into the Turin Shroud has added to the mystery surrounding the controversial artifact.
April 9,2004: Jesus' Shroud? Recent Findings Renew Authenticity Debate
Raymond Rogers is a retired physical chemist and former leader of the explosives research and development group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He proposes that the samples used to date the shroud in 1988 were flawed and the experiment should be repeated. His conclusion is based on a recent chemical analysis of the shroud and previous observations made during a 1978 examination.
April, 2004: Interview with textile expert Mechthild Flury-Lemberg
"The linen cloth of the Shroud of Turin does not display any weaving or sewing techniques which would speak against its origin as a high quality product of the textile workers of the first century."
September 22, 2002: Restoration of Shroud of Turin is Completed
The figure of the crucified man imprinted on the Shroud of Turin can now be more clearly seen, following its restoration by experts. At the official presentation of the restored shroud Saturday, Cardinal Severino Poletto, archbishop of Turin, explained that the purpose of the work was to guarantee the conservation of the cloth. The work involved the removal of patches sewn on the shroud 470 years ago.
October, 2000: Scientists: Relic authenticates Shroud of Turin; Exhaustive tests show sacred cloth much older than carbon-14 date. New research on the Sudarium of Oviedo, a cloth believed to have been a separate face cloth as mentioned in John's gospel (chap 20) shows a bloodstain pattern matching the Shroud of Turin and has a documented history dating to the year 631. This gives serious ammunition to those critics of the 1988 C-14 dating tests on the Shroud indicating an origin 600 years later (1260-1390). Pollen removed from the Oviedo cloth also match with pollen removed from the Shroud indicating a similar geographic origin in the Middle East.
August 3, 1999: Plants shed light on Turin Shroud
The Shroud of Turin could genuinely be the burial cloth of Jesus, according to analysis of pollen grains taken from the controversial relic.
June 5, 1998: New Evidence in Turin Shroud Mystery
A team carrying out work in some of Rome's ancient catacombs have discovered a ceiling fresco which they believe shows the same man as the image on the holy relic.