A study conducted on a sample of the Shroud of Turin confirms that the cloth dates from the Middle Ages.
This ends polemic claiming specialists had previously dated the cloth with a sample taken from a part of the shroud rewoven in the Middle Ages.
A weight of 20th century carbon equaling nearly two times the weight of the Shroud carbon itself would be required to change a 1st century date to the 14th century (see It may interest skeptics to know that many people of faith believe that there is scientific evidence which supports their belief in the shroud's authenticity.
Of course, the evidence is limited almost exclusively to pointing out facts that would be true the shroud were authentic.
Now Carpinteri's team, through mechanical and chemical experimentation, hypothesizes that high-frequency pressure waves generated in the Earth's crust during earthquakes are the source of such neutron emissions.
This is based on their research into piezonuclear fission reactions, which are triggered when very brittle rock specimens are crushed under a press machine.
According to radiocarbon dating done in 1988, the cloth was only 728 years old at the time.It has been noted that if the shroud were really wrapped over a body there should be a space where the two heads meet.It has also been noted that there is a space where the front and back of the head meet, and that what appears to be the outline of the back of the head is a water stain."We cannot say anything more on its origin." The new findings don't rule out either the notion that the long strip of linen is a medieval forgery or that it's the true burial shroud of Jesus Christ, the researchers said. 1390, lending credence to the notion that it was an elaborate fake created in the Middle Ages.Long-standing debate On its face, the Shroud of Turin is an unassuming piece of twill cloth that bears traces of blood and a darkened imprint of a man's body. However, the Catholic Church only officially recorded its existence in A. 1353, when it showed up in a tiny church in Lirey, France. (Isotopes are forms of an element with a different number of neutrons.) But critics argued that the researchers used patched-up portions of the cloth to date the samples, which could have been much younger than the rest of the garment.