Skip to comments.New experiments on Shroud show it’s not medieval (dates to 1st century)
Posted on 03/26/2013 8:14:48 PM PDT by NYer
Professor Giulio Fanti and journalist Saverio Gaeta have published a book with the results of some chemical and mechanical tests which confirm that the Shroud dates back to the 1st century
New scientific experiments carried out at the University of Padua have apparently confirmed that the Shroud Turin can be dated back to the 1st century AD. This makes its compatible with the tradition which claims that the cloth with the image of the crucified man imprinted on it is the very one Jesus body was wrapped in when he was taken off the cross. The news will be published in a book by Giulio Fanti, professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of Paduas Engineering Faculty, and journalist Saverio Gaeta, out tomorrow. Il Mistero della Sindone (The Mystery of the Shroud) is edited by Rizzoli (240 pp, 18 Euro).
Whats new about this book are Fantis recent findings, which are also about to be published in a specialist magazine and assessed by a scientific committee. The research includes three new tests, two chemical ones and one mechanical one. The first two were carried out with an FT-IR system, so using infra-red light, and the other using Raman spectroscopy. The third was a multi-parametric mechanical test based on five different mechanical parameters linked to the voltage of the wire. The machine used to examine the Shrouds fibres and test traction, allowed researchers to examine tiny fibres alongside about twenty samples of cloth dated between 3000 BC and 2000 AD.
The new tests carried out in the University of Padua labs were carried out by a number of university professors from various Italian universities and agree that the Shroud dates back to the period when Jesus Christ was crucified in Jerusalem. Final results show that the Shroud fibres examined produced the following dates, all of which are 95% certain and centuries away from the medieval dating obtained with Carbon-14 testing in 1988: the dates given to the Shroud after FT-IR testing, is 300 BC ±400, 200 BC ±500 after Raman testing and 400 AD ±400 after multi-parametric mechanical testing. The average of all three dates is 33 BC ±250 years. The books authors observed that the uncertainty of this date is less than the single uncertainties and the date is compatible with the historic date of Jesus death on the cross, which historians claim occurred in 30 AD.
The tests were carried out using tiny fibres of material extracted from the Shroud by micro-analyst Giovanni Riggi di Numana who passed away in 2008 but had participated in the1988 research project and gave the material to Fanti through the cultural institute Fondazione 3M.
The Shroud will be on display and televised worldwide this Saturday, March 30. This is only the second time, the first being in 1973.
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Scientists have also found pollen in the Shroud that are local to Jerusalem:
“Some 96 percent of the 28 flower species identified on the shroud grow between Jerusalem and the Qumran Caves. Add the southern Dead Sea area to the equation and 100 percent of the species can be found, said Danin.”
Dec. 9, 2009 on the side of a mountain, during a snow storm, bleeding out after a fall explained everything I ever needed to know, and told me how strong my faith was.
Glad I got to see one “good news” thread today.
Interesting to know. Any network information? Worth it to me to go somewhere and try to watch in HD. Maybe will be streamed.
You don’t realize what kind of an epic oxymoron is embedded in your comment.
I certainly don’t need a piece of cloth to confirm my faith, either. However, it is so wonderful that we continuously find evidence and validation for the Scriptures on a nearly daily basis.
Really? Sounds like an interesting story. Tell us more!
Christianity is based on historical facts that can be investigated. People typically come to Christ in two ways, by pure Faith (your case and mine) and purely by Reason, (C.S. Lewis for example). Then of course there is everyone in between. The Shroud is just another means by which to bring more souls into the fold that might not otherwise get there. God will take you any way He can.
Name one person who needed/needs the Shroud to confirm his/her faith.
I laughed when I read your tag line. May we all be so fortunate. :-)
I said that I didn’t, but I imagine you could run across someone who would fall into that category.
This is actually a very good statement.
JR, the contradiction I saw was professing your very strong faith yet showing an almost hostile rejection of direct evidence for it, rather than the awe and wonder which would be expected (as in MNGal's statement above).
The existence of The Shroud, left as a great gift for us, makes me feel very good, and I don't know why you would react as you do.
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