The French science magazine “Science and Life” says thatrecent experiments prove that the shroud of Turin is a fake.The shroud, which has an image of a crucified man on it, isthought to be the burial wrapping of Jesus. The authenticityof the shroud has been debated since it first turned up in1537, so what finally clinched it for the Frenchresearchers? They made one themselves.
In 1988, scientists carried out carbon-14 dating on thelinen cloth and concluded that the material was made sometime between 1260 and 1390. But later, contradictory,studies showed that since only the edges of the cloth wereremoved to be carbon-dated, this result could have been dueto bacteria left on the surface by the many hands that haveheld it over the years. Also, samples for the 1988 studywere taken from a piece of cloth that had been sewn into thefabric by nuns who repaired it after it was damaged in afire in 1532.
The French researchers decided to test one of the theoriesabout how the shroud was created. They had an artist create asculpture of a face like the one on the shroud. A damp linensheet was then put over the face and allowed to dry, so thatthe cloth was molded into the shape of the sculptured face.After this, gelatine, a chemical that leaves marks that looklike blood, was dabbed onto the cloth in the correct places.Analysis has revealed that the blood spots on the shroudwere not painted on, because there are no brush marks, butdabbing the collagen-like substance on with a cloth explainsthis mystery.
Researchers have long known that the image wasn’t painted onthe cloth, but had to have been produced by athree-dimensional object?but whether or not this was theface of an actual man was unknown. While the Frenchscientists used a sculpture, the original artist could haveused a corpse.
The cloth was then turned inside-out, revealing ashroud-like image. Gelatine contains collagen, so moderntesting methods would identify it as an organic substance,like blood. In medieval times, it was used as a glue, tobind pigments to cloth. The image on the newly-createdshroud did not fade when washed in hot water.
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