Shroud of Turin Facts

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Tests That Prove The Shroud Was Not Painted

The following tests prove that paint pigments were not used to create the images or the bloodstains.

  • visible light spectrometry

  • ultraviolet spectrometry

  • infrared spectrometry

  • x-ray fluorescence spectrometry

  • thermography pyrolysis-mass-spectrometry

  • laser microprobe Raman analyses

  • microchemical testing

More significantly, we now know a great deal about the images that was not known when McCrone did his microscopic examination. The faint images, golden-brown in color, are the result of complex conjugated double bonds within a super-thin film of starch fractions and sugars.

  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

Shroud of Turin Facts Check: 2005 Facts