Shroud of Turin Can't Be Fake

Researchers think you'd need lasers to reproduce it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2011 1:06 PM CST
Updated Dec 24, 2011 7:20 AM CST

(Newser) – The Shroud of Turin must be real rather than a medieval forgery, an Italian study has concluded, because the markings on it could not possibly have been created with medieval technology. Scientists tried to recreate the sepia image of a crucified man that graces the shroud, and found its physical and chemical characteristics “impossible to obtain in a laboratory,” they wrote, according to the Telegraph.

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The scientists were ultimately able to replicate the marks using bursts of light from ultraviolet lasers, but those weren’t exactly around in the 13th or 14th century—the era that a (since disputed) 1988 carbon dating study suggested the shroud was actually created during. Their conclusion: The image must have been created by "some form of electromagnetic energy (such as a flash of light at short wavelength)." The findings replicate the results of a 1978-1981 study in which American researchers concluded that "no chemical or physical methods known" could have produced the image. (Read more Shroud of Turin stories.)

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