There have been numerous scientific attempts to date the Shroud of Turin, one of which in 1989 controversially used carbon dating techniques that may have been flawed to date it to the fourteenth century. The Catholic Church had the shroud ‘restored’ in 2002 in such a way that much scientific study is now impossible, but Dr. John Jackson, who conducted the original studies on the Shroud, is doing tests that are designed to evaluate whether or not the original carbon dating was flawed. A BBC documentary aired on March 22 says that the past studies were seriously flawed, and that the Shroud remains a true enigma. Despite many attempts to replicate the image, none have done more than create a vague shadow on similar cloth. The incredible detail that appears on the Shroud remains a significant mystery of science. To view a video of a story about the new study, click here.

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