Carbon dating and the shroud of turin


One test indicated that a copious amount of human blood had saturated the fabric after oozing from the gruesome wounds on the head and torso of the body that the shroud had covered.

The summary of conclusions reached by the STURP team included this statement: We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin.

He said the claims of Benford and Marino were absurd and promised to prove they were wrong by testing material from the original sample still in his possession.

Interestingly, the STURP experiments produced a puzzling mix of results.

Tests and analysis eliminated any possibility the image on the fabric had been painted.

AD 1260-1390"[2] was the result of a computer hacking, allegedly by Arizona radiocarbon dating laboratory physicist Timothy W. [#10(2) & #1] Attempts by Shroud pro-authenticists to explain by conventional means the discrepancy between the Shroud being 1st century, yet its radiocarbon date is 1260-1390, all fail.• Carbon contamination.

Linick (1946-89)[3], aided by Karl Koch (1965–89)[4], on behalf of the former Soviet Union, through its agency the KGB. All carbon contamination explanations of why the 1st century Shroud has a 1260-1390 radiocarbon date fail, because "79% of the shroud would have been composed of such carbon contamination," but this "is preposterous, as anyone viewing the shroud samples before they were cleaned can attest"[27].

But it sounds like it really is going to this time.