Radiocarbon dating controversy

New scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin, which was on display Saturday in a special TV appearance introduced by the Pope, dates the cloth to ancient times, challenging earlier experiments dating it only to the Middle Ages..The Shroud of Turin, shown in 1979, is a 14-foot linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus.The Pope provided the introduction for a TV appearance of the cloth on Holy Saturday.

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A new app, called Shroud 2,0, display images of "The Shroud of Turin" along with scientific and theological interpretations prepared with the Diocese of Turin and the International Center of Sindonologywhich is the scientific study of the shroud.The burial shroud purports to show the imprint of the face and body of a bearded man.The image also purportedly shows nail wounds at the man's wrist and pinpricks around his brow, consistent with the "crown of thorns" mockingly pressed onto Christ at the time of his crucifixion.Many experts have stood by a 1988 carbon-14 dating of scraps of the cloth carried out by labs in Oxford, Zurich and Arizona that dated it from 1260 to 1390, which, of course, would rule out its used during the time of Christ.The new test, by scientists at the University of Padua in northern Italy, used the same fibers from the 1988 tests but disputes the findings.The new examination dates the shroud to between 300 BC and 400 AD, which would put it in the era of Christ.

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