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Textile Experts Identify New Material in C14 Sample Area

Enough newer thread has been identified by numerous textile experts to allow Beta Analytic, the world’s largest and most prestigious radiocarbon dating firm, to estimate that the true date of the cloth’s origin is much older; within a statistically acceptable margin of error to make the first century possible. Ron Hatfield of Beta Analytic estimates that a mixture of 60% of material, from the 16th century, with 40% of material from the 1st century would yield the medieval date that was determined for the Shroud.

  The scientific study of the Turin shroud is like a microcosm of the scientific search for God: it does more to inflame any debate than settle it.”

  And yet, the shroud is a remarkable artefact, one of the few religious relics to have a justifiably mythical status.

  It is simply not known how the ghostly image of a serene, bearded man was made.”

Scientist-Journalist Philip Ball
Nature, January 2005

Nature, that most prestigious of scientific journals, that once had bragging rights to claim that the Shroud was fake, responding to new, peer-reviewed studies that discredit the carbon 14 dating and show that the Shroud could be authentic.


  1. The Shroud of Turin is certainly much older than the now discredited radiocarbon date of 1260-1390. It is at least twice as old and it could be 2000 years old.  FACTS
  2. Though no one knows how it was made, the image is a selective caramel-like darkening of an otherwise clear coating of starch fractions and various saccharides.  FACTS
  3. The blood is real blood.  FACTS
  4. Much of what we think we see in the image is an optical illusion FACTS

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