Scientist Reproduces 'Fake' Turin Shroud
Nothing miraculous about his creation, says Italian researcher
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2009 3:30 AM CDT
The Museum of the Holy Shroud, Turin, Italy.   (©Jim Linwood)
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(Newser) – The Shroud of Turin is definitely a medieval forgery, according to an Italian scientist who made one himself to prove the point. The chemistry professor made the reproduction of the shroud—believed by many to represent a miraculous image of Christ after crucifixion—using materials and techniques available during the Middle Ages. The scientist rubbed pigment on a volunteer who lay in the shroud then artificially aged it by baking it in an oven.

The reproduction defies claims that the Turin shroud "has unexplainable characteristics that cannot be reproduced by human means," said the scientist, who will present his findings at a paranormal conference this week. He added that he expects his work to be challenged. "If they don't want to believe carbon dating done by some of the world's best, they certainly won't believe me," he told the BBC.