HolyCoast: Scientists: Shroud of Turin Couldn't Have Been Faked

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Scientists: Shroud of Turin Couldn't Have Been Faked

This doesn't mean it's the burial shroud of Jesus, but it does mean the shroud is an authentic item and not a faked relic:
Has the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin finally been proven?

That’s what a new study by Italian scientists claims.

Experts at Italy’s National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development have concluded in a report that the famed purported burial cloth of Jesus Christ could not have been faked.

According to the Vatican Insider, a project by La Stampa newspaper that closely follows the Catholic church, the experts’ report says, “The double image (front and back) of a scourged and crucified man, barely visible on the linen cloth of the Shroud of Turin has many physical and chemical characteristics that are so particular that the staining which is identical in all its facets, would be impossible to obtain today in a laboratory … This inability to repeat (and therefore falsify) the image on the Shroud makes it impossible to formulate a reliable hypothesis on how the impression was made.”

The centuries-old shroud contains a faint impression of the front and back of a human body, along with blood, dirt and water stains from age.

Many have long questioned the shroud’s authenticity, and others have suggested that it was faked during medieval times.

The Italian researchers, who conducted dozens of hours of tests with X-rays and ultraviolet lights, said that no laser existed to date that could replicate the singular nature of markings on the shroud. They also said that the kind of markings on the cloth could not have come from direct contact of the body with the linen.

Previous investigation has determined the markings could not have come from pigments or dyes.
The Italian scientists said the marks could only have been made by “a short and intense burst of VUV directional radiation.”

Such technology did not exist in the time the skeptics claim the shroud could have been forged.
Some theorize that the "intense burst of VUV directional radiation" could have occurred during the resurrection should this garment actually be the burial shroud of Jesus. No matter what, it's an interesting item.

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