December 23, 2011
Shroud Of Turin Could Be The Real Deal
Italian researchers at the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy, and Sustainable Economic Development have been doing research on the origins of the Shroud of Turin, the supposed burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
They have discovered a process that can duplicate the depth of the dye and the color by using Ultraviolet laser pulses, which is beyond the technology of Jesus´ time and Medieval times.The scientists said, “The results show a short and intense burst of UV directional radiation can color a linen cloth so as to reproduce many of the peculiar characteristics of the body image on the Shroud of Turin.”
Their report concludes that the image may have been created by a brief flash of light, but they have no scientific explanation as to how it occurred.
Professor Paolo Di Lazzaro, leader of the study, said, “When one talks about a flash of light being able to color a piece of linen in the same way as the shroud, discussion inevitably touches on things such as miracles. But as scientists we were concerned only with verifiable scientific processes.”
Doubts about the origin of the cloth have been cast around for years. In the 1980´s a group of scientists from the University of Oxford, the University of Arizona, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology radio-carbon-dated a section of the famed cloth and found that it dated between 1260 and 1390.
The carbon dating test has been disputed, though, because some researchers claim the section of the shroud that was tested was a patch put on in the medieval time period.
More recently a group of archeologists from Israel discovered the first known burial shroud in Jerusalem from the time of Jesus. Its weave and design are different. The Shroud of Turin uses a twill weave, introduced around 1,000 years after Christ while the newly discovered shroud uses a simple two-way weave.
The Shroud of Turin is revered because the image is that of a man who has nail holes in his hands and feed, thorn wounds around his head and a spear wound in his side. These are the same marks that Jesus Christ received during his crucifixion.
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