The shroud allegedly was in a fire during the early part of the 16th century and, according to believers in the shroud's authenticity, that is what accounts for the carbon dating of the shroud as being no more than 650 years old.To non-believers, this sounds like an ad hoc hypothesis. The suggestions that modern biological contaminants were sufficient to modernize the date are also ridiculous.[Faux Real: A Gallery of Forgeries] To solve this art historical enigma, scientists from the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) took a tiny piece of the canvas from an unpainted edge of the work.The team used a particle accelerator to measure the concentration of carbon 14 (an isotope of carbon that has more neutrons than normal carbon 12) in the fabric, which would in turn allow them to determine when the canvas was produced, or more specifically, when the cotton was cut to make the canvas.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.With bloodstains on the back, wrists, feet, side and head the image appears to be that of a crucified man.
Karlheinz Dietz, John Markwardt, Mario Latendresse, Rev. Debunking The Shroud: Made by Human Hands by Gary Vikan - Original Article reprinted from Biblical Archaeology Review The Shroud Painting Explained by Walter C.Following Time's lead, we reported that although radiocarbon tests have dated the shroud to 1260-1390 A.D., no one has been able to account for the shadowy image of a naked 6-foot-tall man that appears on the shroud.In the early 20th century experts in the field of archaeology insisted that no civilization even existed in UR of the Chaldeans when the Bible records that Abraham lived there.On the basis that no evidence was currently available they declared Abraham a mythical character.