According to 3 tests carried out by Dr. Giulio Fanti in , the Shroud of Turin is between 1, and 2, years old. Dating of the cloth has been surrounded by controversy since , when a Carbon 14 test dated it to the 13th century, prompting a flood of articles proclaiming it a fake. Now, most scientists and scholars consider the results of this test worthless due to sampling issues see Section II here. This result prompted an increase in research and generated new data coming from four new testing methods see Section III here. In addition to the new dating tests, there are also three types of external evidence indicating 1st century origin see section IV here. One more external evidence worth noting is that the reflectance spectrometry revealed dirt on the nose, knee, and heel that containing a form of travertine aragonite-a rare limestone identical to that found in Jerusalem see page 16 here.
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May 08, Beer was here! Gove helped to invent radiocarbon dating and was closely involved in setting up the shroud dating project. He also attended the actual dating process at the University of Arizona.
Gove has written in the respected scientific journal Radiocarbon that: "Another argument has been made that the part of the shroud from which the sample was cut had possibly become worn and threadbare from countless handlings and had been subjected to medieval textile restoration. If so, the restoration would have had to be done with such incredible virtuosity as to render it microscopically indistinguishable from the real thing.
Even modern so-called invisible weaving can readily be detected under a microscope, so this possibility seems unlikely. It seems very convincing that what was measured in the laboratories was genuine cloth from the shroud after it had been subjected to rigorous cleaning procedures.
Probably no sample for carbon dating has ever been subjected to such scrupulously careful examination and treatment, nor perhaps ever will again. Instatisticians Marco Riani and Anthony C.
Atkinson wrote in a scientific paper that the statistical analysis of the raw dates obtained from the three laboratories for the radiocarbon test suggests the presence of contamination in some of the samples. They conclude that: "The effect is not large over the sampled region; our estimate of the change is about two centuries. In DecemberTimothy Julla member of the original radiocarbon-dating team and editor of the peer-reviewed journal Radiocarboncoauthored an article in that journal with Rachel A.
They examined a portion of the radiocarbon sample that was left over from the section used by the University of Arizona in for the carbon-dating exercise, and were assisted by the director of the Gloria F.
Ross Center for Tapestry Studies. They found "only low levels of contamination by a few cotton fibers" and no evidence that the samples actually used for measurements in the C14 dating processes were dyed, treated, or otherwise manipulated. They concluded that the radiocarbon dating had been performed on a sample of the original shroud material.
In MarchGiulio Fanti, professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of Paduaconducted a battery of experiments on various threads that he believes were cut from the shroud during the carbon dating, and concluded that they dated from BC to AD, potentially placing the Shroud within the lifetime of Jesus of Nazareth.
He stated that: "The fact that vanillin cannot be detected in the lignin on shroud fibers, Dead Sea scrolls linen, and other very old linens indicate that the shroud is quite old.
A determination of the kinetics of vanillin loss suggest the shroud is between and years old. Even allowing for errors in the measurements and assumptions about storage conditions, the cloth is unlikely to be as young as years". Pictorial evidence dating from c. Others contend that repeated handling of this kind greatly increased the likelihood of contamination by bacteria and bacterial residue compared to the newly discovered archaeological specimens for which carbon dating was developed.
Feb 11, Turin Shroud may have been created by earthquake from time of Jesus An earthquake in Jerusalem in AD 33 may have caused an atomic reaction which created the Turin Shroud and skewed radiocarbon.
Bacteria and associated residue bacteria by-products and dead bacteria carry additional carbon that would skew the radiocarbon date toward the present. Rodger Sparks, a radiocarbon expert from New Zealand, had countered that an error of thirteen centuries stemming from bacterial contamination in the Middle Ages would have required a layer approximately doubling the sample weight.
Pyrolysis-mass-spectrometry examination failed to detect any form of bioplastic polymer on fibers from either non-image or image areas of the shroud. Harry Gove once hypothesised that a "bioplastic" bacterial contamination, which was unknown during the testing, could have rendered the tests inaccurate.
He has however also acknowledged that the samples had been carefully cleaned with strong chemicals before testing. He inspected the Arizona sample material before it was cleaned, and determined that no such gross amount of contamination was present even before the cleaning commenced. Others have suggested that the silver of the molten reliquary and the water used to douse the flames may have catalysed the airborne carbon into the cloth.
They concluded that the proposed carbon-enriching heat treatments were not capable of producing the claimed changes in the measured radiocarbon age of the linen, that the attacks by Kouznetsov et al.
In John Jackson of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado proposed a new hypothesis - namely the possibility of more recent enrichment if carbon monoxide were to slowly interact with a fabric so as to deposit its enriched carbon into the fabric, interpenetrating into the fibrils that make up the cloth.
Jackson proposed to test if this were actually possible. Before conducting the tests, he told the BBC that "With the radiocarbon measurements and with all of the other evidence which we have about the Shroud, there does seem to be a conflict in the interpretation of the different evidence.
The results of the tests were to form part of a documentary on the Turin Shroud which was to be broadcast on BBC2.
Other similar theories include that candle smoke rich in carbon dioxide and the volatile carbon molecules produced during the two fires may have altered the carbon content of the cloth, rendering carbon dating unreliable as a dating tool.
In March Ramsey reported back on the testing that: "So far the linen samples have been subjected to normal conditions but with very high concentrations of carbon monoxide. These initial tests show no significant reaction - even though the sensitivity of the measurements is sufficient to detect contamination that would offset the age by less than a single year. This is to be expected and essentially confirms why this sort of contamination has not been considered a serious issue before.
Jun 08, As part of the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) three different laboratories in Zurich, Oxford, and Tucson performed independent carbon dating tests. They all concluded the alleged fake shroud was supposedly manufactured sometime between and AD, ostensibly for no other reason than to fool a lot of people and legitimize belief. Jul 16, The ensuing paper Radiocarbon dating of the Shroud of Turin, in the peer-reviewed journal Nature, seemed to leave little room for doubt by stating: "The results provide conclusive evidence. Mar 23, The Shroud of Turin may be the real burial cloth of Jesus. The carbon dating, once seemingly proving it was a medieval fake, is now widely thought of as suspect and meaningless. Even the famous Atheist Richard Dawkins admits it is controversial.
He also added that there is as yet no direct evidence to suggest the original radiocarbon dates are not accurate. InRamsey commented that in general "there are various hypotheses as to why the dates might not be correct, but none of them stack up. InJ.
May 20, While a carbon dating test in placed the Shroud's origin in the s, more recent tests indicate the Shroud dates back to the time of Christ. Jul 24, New study suggests Shroud of Turin a fake, supporting study retracted More information: T. Casabianca et al. Radiocarbon Dating of the Turin Shroud: New Evidence from Raw Data, Archaeometry ( Mar 30, Expert says fibers used in tests dating it to Middle Ages were contaminated; Vatican reveres the cloth but stops short of declaring it a relic; A new app allows smartphone users to examine the.
Christen applied a strong statistical test to the radiocarbon data and concluded that the given age for the shroud is, from a statistical point of view, correct. However critics claim to have identified statistical errors in the conclusions published in Nature :  including: the actual standard deviation for the Tucson study was 17 years, not 31, as published; the chi-square distribution value is 8. In recent years several statistical analyses have been conducted on the radiocarbon dating data, attempting to draw some conclusions about the reliability of the C14 dating from studying the data rather than studying the shroud itself.
They have all concluded that the data shows a lack of homogeneity, which might be due to unidentified abnormalities in the fabric tested, or else might be due to differences in the pre-testing cleaning processes used by the different laboratories. Phillip Ball, a former editor of the science journal Naturewrote in that "Nothing published so far on the shroud, including this paper, offers compelling reason to think that the study was substantially wrong - but apparently it was not definitive either.
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