'Jesus-Era' Shroud Suggests Turin a Fake

First-of-its-kind find in Jerusalem casts further doubt
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2009 4:20 AM CST
Updated Dec 16, 2009 5:46 AM CST

(Newser) – An ancient shroud found in a Jerusalem tomb confirms that the Turin Shroud, which supposedly wrapped Jesus, is a fake, according to a team of archeologists. The shroud, which they believe is typical of burial cloths of the time, is very different from the Turin version and involves a much simpler weave. The tomb and its contents have been conclusively dated to the time of Christ, the archeologists say.

The tomb was found in a cemetery known as the Field of Blood, where Judas Iscariot was said to have committed suicide. Its occupant's identity is unknown, although DNA analysis found that he suffered from leprosy—the earliest proven case, according to Israeli researchers—which may have been the reason why the tomb was sealed off, preserving the shroud for 2,000 years.
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