Shroud of Turin from time of Christ, scientists hypothesize


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Some have long suspected that the Shroud of Turin, which seems like an X-ray of a Christ-like figure, is a medieval forgery. After all, when Oxford University researchers tested a piece of the shroud in 1988 with radiocarbon dating, results showed it was  little more than 700 years old.

Not so fast, say Italian scientists, who have provided an interesting theory to explain the problem with radiocarbon dating and how the ghostly image appeared on the burial cloth.

Alberto Carpinteri of the Politecnico di Torino and his team suggest that an earthquake in Jerusalem in A.D. 33 — the time of the crucifixion — released neutron particles that could have fixed the picture on the shroud.

The Italian hypothesis would concur with a study conducted by geologists investigating seismic activity in the Holy Land, who in 2012 offered a theory on the date of the crucifixion: Friday, April 3, 33.

The Italian scientists say that radiation from the earthquake could have elevated the levels of carbon-14 isotopes in the shroud, which would interfere with radiocarbon dating.

“We believe it is possible that neutron emissions by earthquakes could have induced the image formation on the Shroud’s linen fibres, through thermal neutron capture on nitrogen nuclei, and could also have caused a wrong radiocarbon dating,”  Carpinteri says.

h/t The Telegraph