The Shroud of Turin, believed by some to be Christ’s burial cloth, is much older than previously thought according to a new study in a peer-reviewed journal.
The research paper claims carbon dating tests undertaken on the cloth in 1988, which concluded the linen sheet was an mediaeval fake, were inaccurate because not the actual fabric but patches added at a later date had been analysed.
Microchemical tests demonstrated that the actual cloth is between 1,300 and 3,000 years old, said researcher Raymond N. Rogers from the University of California.
«The radiocarbon sample has completely different chemical properties than the 2_kommentar part of the shroud relic,» he said.
The cloth had been damaged in several fires and nuns had added patches to restore it.
The age of the burial cloth has been disputed for decades. Rogers’ research backs a study by Israeli scientists who found pollen and casts of plants which at the time solely existed in the Middle East. (dpa)