New book claims Shroud of Turin dates to time of Christ
posted at 11:30 am on March 29, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Giulio Fanti is not exactly a disinterested observer, but he claims the science used in his 15 years of investigation into the ancient relic is objective. Despite previous carbon-14 testing that dated the Shroud of Turin to the medieval period, the latest tests put the origin of the cloth to somewhere between 300 BC and 400 AD. Or at least that’s what Fanti argues in his new book:
Scientists, including Prof Fanti, used infra-red light and spectroscopy – the measurement of radiation intensity through wavelengths – to analyse fibres from the shroud, which is kept in a special climate-controlled case in Turin.
The tests dated the age of the shroud to between 300 BC and 400AD.
The experiments were carried out on fibres taken from the Shroud during a previous study, in 1988, when they were subjected to carbon-14 dating.
Those tests, conducted by laboratories in Oxford, Zurich and Arizona, appeared to back up the theory that the shroud was a clever medieval fake, suggesting that it dated from 1260 to 1390.
But those results were in turn disputed on the basis that they may have been skewed by contamination by fibres from cloth that was used to repair the relic when it was damaged by fire in the Middle Ages. …
He said his tests backed up earlier results which claimed to have found on the shroud traces of dust and pollen which could only have come from the Holy Land.
The Catholic Church has taken no position on the famous relic. Instead, it takes a custodial role in protecting it while occasionally presenting it for public viewing. That will happen tomorrow, the first time in 40 years that the shroud will be displayed, when Italian TV will broadcast images of the shroud along with an introduction from Pope Francis. There is also a new app for smartphones and tablets called “Shroud 2.0,” which will allow people to peruse high-resolution images of the relic:
For the first time, an app has been created to enable people to explore the holy relic in detail on their smart phones and tablets.
The app, sanctioned by the Catholic Church and called “Shroud 2.0”, features high definition photographs of the cloth and enables users to see details that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.
“For the first time in history the most detailed image of the shroud ever achieved becomes available to the whole world, thanks to a streaming system which allows a close-up view of the cloth. Each detail of the cloth can be magnified and visualised in a way which would otherwise not be possible,” Haltadefinizione, the makers of the app, said.