Study: Shroud of Turin Created by Huge Earthquake
Italian researchers believe that also explains the radiocarbon dating results
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2014 7:00 AM CST
Updated Feb 16, 2014 10:34 AM CST
In this Aug. 12, 2000 file photo, The Holy Shroud, a 14 foot-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, is shown at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)

(Newser) – It's been a long-running debate: Is the Shroud of Turin a fake? A new entrant in the "no" category emerges from the pages of the journal Meccanica, where Italian researchers suggest that an 8.2-magnitude earthquake that rocked Jerusalem in 33AD both formed the image and distorted the results of radiocarbon dating that was done on the shroud in 1988, which indicated it was just 728 years old. The Telegraph reports that scientists have previously floated neutron radiation as the way the shroud, said to be the burial cloth of Jesus, came to purportedly bear his image; similarly, Heritage Daily reports neutron radiation has been suggested as interfering with the dating of the shroud. But no legitimate source of such radiation had been identified.

But Professor Alberto Carpinteri's research into piezonuclear fission reactions has led him to believe the earthquake would have produced high-frequency pressure waves in the Earth's crust that would have caused those neutrons to be emitted; the particles then "induced the image formation on the Shroud's linen fibers" by interacting with the nitrogen atoms in the fabric, explains Carpinteri. Further, he says the radiation would have raised the shroud's level of carbon-14 isotopes, giving it an artificially youthful age when carbon-14 dating was done on it. But skeptics abound, reports LiveScience. Asks one, why is "the material here ... affected, but other archaeological and geological material in the ground is not?" Click for more on the Turin Shroud, including a story on Hitler's obsession with it.

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whawell
Oct 26, 2015 10:53 AM CDT
Surely the cloth bears the image of a man who was crucified. Whether this man was Jesus Christ himself will likely never be proven. If it can be shown however that it dates back to the time of Christ's crucifixion, then those who claim it is his burial cloth will have good evidence - not proof - that it is indeed the image of the crucified Christ.
Firewaliker
Oct 26, 2015 4:18 AM CDT
Funny, these so called contributors to Meccanica lost their grant and I heard the editor at Meccanica lost hhis job as a result of this pseudo-science babble. Hilarious that it is still refered to by other articles.
Don
Oct 25, 2014 2:51 PM CDT
I wish that Christians would not get bogged down by the shroud. It is an interesting artifact, to be sure, and if it is causes folks to explore their faith more closely, then its great. But there is a reason that religion is about "faith" and not about things. There will never be the proof that so many seek to prop up their uncertain faith, and there will never be proof to support the claims of the aithists that there is no God. Its all in what you decide. I have decided to believe. The shroud is a silly distraction that fails on so very many levels - for instance, lay down, lay a cloth over your face and mark where your ears are - then lay that cloth out like the shroud and measure the distance from ear to ear. Then measure the distance by looking straight on like depicted in the shroud. It doesn't work. Sure there are ways to imagine the shroud being held board flat above and below a body that is radiating light only forward and back and only perfectly liniearlly from the skin's surface and so on. But as Jocob Brownoski once said, " “Einstein was a man who could ask immensely simple questions. And what his work showed is that when the answers are simple too, then you can hear God thinking.” I just don't think that God was thinking about making a shroud when He raised Son from the dead.