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Such an inordinate spread did not occur among the other three cloths tested as controls. In the 17 years since then many theories have been proposed (for brief descriptions and analyses, see Chapters 18 and 19 of Frederick Zugibe’s ), but until recently scientific testing of those theories has not produced much promise.

When he read Benford and Marino’s paper he was skeptical of their conclusions, but soon changed his mind.

However, those who had followed closely Shroud research in the 20th century realized there were too many reasons from science, history, art history and medicine to accept those results at face value.

Especially strange was the wide divergence of dates for Shroud samples among the labs (each lab ran numerous tests on the sample they received), so wide that the results could not pass a standard statistical analysis called the Chi Square test (Marino and Benford, 2000:4).

Having acquired Shroud material both adjacent to the C-14 site and threads from the sample area, he was surprised to find “colored encrustations (or coatings) on their surfaces” that were present nowhere in the main body of the cloth.

After considerable testing he concluded, “the color and distribution of the coating implies that repairs were made at an unknown time with foreign linen dyed to match the older material.” He also opined, “The radiocarbon sample was thus not part of the original cloth and is invalid for determining the age of the shroud” (Rogers, 201,193).

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