Friday, November 9, 2018

Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Fifteenth century

Chronology of the Turin Shroud: AD 30 to the present
FIFTEENTH CENTURY
© Stephen E. Jones
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This is the tenth (and updates of the sixth and eighth) installment of part #17, "Fifteenth century" of my "Chronology of the Turin Shroud: AD 30 - present" series. For more information about this series see part #1, "1st century and Index." Emphases are mine unless otherwise indicated.

[Index #1] [Previous: 14th century (3) #16] [Next: 16th century #18]


15th century (1401-1500).

[Above (enlarge): "Man of Sorrows"[2] depiction of the Shroud with its distinctive wounds, bloodstains and crossed hands:

"... the wounds of the Christ can be seen to be Shroud-related. Not only are the hands crossed in the Shroud manner and Christ's body peppered with most-Shroud-like scourge-marks, particularly telling are long streams of blood as from the nail-wounds that are depicted running down the front of the forearms"[3]
in 1485 by French miniaturist Jean Colombe (c. 1430-c. 1493)[4], on behalf of Charles I, Duke of Savoy (r. 1482-1490) (left), to commemorate his marriage in that year to Blanche (Bianca) of Montferrat (1472–1519)[5] (right). This miniature was added to the collection, Les Très Riches Heures (the Very Rich Hours) of King John II (r.1350–1364)'s son John, Duke of Berry (1340–1416)[6], by Duke Charles I, John's descendant[7] [See future "1482" and "1485"].]

1407 Marguerite de Charny (c. 1393–1460)[8], eldest child of Geoffroy II de Charny (1352–98)[9] [see "c.1393"], inheritor of her father's properties at Lirey, Montfort, and Savoisy[10], and the Shroud[11], married Jean de Bauffremont (1380–1415)[12]. However the Shroud remained in the Lirey church under the control of its canons[13] [see "1398"], who did not release it to Marguerite until 1418 [See "1418b" below].

1408 Commencement of the building of what would become the Sainte Chapelle, Chambéry[14], initiated by Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoy (1383–1451)[15], who in 1439 became the last Avignon Pope Felix V (r. 1439-1449)[16] [See "1439" below].

1413 Birth of Louis (Ludovico) (1413–65), the future Duke of Savoy (r. 1440-65) [see "1440"] and future owner of the Shroud [see future "1453"], to Amadeus VIII and Marie of Burgundy (1386–1428)[17].

1415 Jean de Bauffremont, first husband of Marguerite de Charny was killed in the Battle of Agincourt[18], which marked the resumption of the Hundred Years' War between England and France[19] [see "1337" and "1389b"]. Their marriage was childless[20].

1418a On 8 June Marguerite de Charny married the wealthy Humbert de Villersexel (1385–1437), Count de la Roche, Lord of St Hippolyte sur Doubs[21]. As his title implies, Humbert, like Geoffroy I de Charny (c.1300–1356)'s wife, Jeanne de Vergy (c.1332–1428), was a direct descendant of Othon de la Roche (c.1170-1234)[22], who brought the Shroud from Constantinople to France, via Athens [see "c.1432"]. Humbert, like Marguerite's father, Geoffroy II de Charny (1352-98) was a Knight of the Order of the Collar of Savoy[23].

1418b Less than a month later, on 6 July, due to danger from marauding bands of English soldiers remaining in France after the Battle of Agincourt[24] [see [1356e], the Lirey canons handed over the Shroud, other relics and jewels to Humbert for safe-keeping[25]. A receipt from Humbert described the Shroud as "a cloth on which is the figure or representation of the Shroud of our Lord Jesus Christ"[26]. Humbert's receipt described the Shroud as being in a chest emblazoned with the arms of Charny[27]. That chest is depicted on a lead badge that had belonged to a pilgrim who had visited the c.1355 exhibition of the Shroud at Lirey, and was recovered in 1855 from the mud below a bridge over the Seine River, Paris [see "c.1355-6"]. Humbert's receipt

[Above (enlarge)[28]: The bottom `third' of the Lirey pilgrim's badge showing the reliquary in which the Shroud was then kept. The coat of arms shields of Geoffroy I de Charny are on the right of the reliquary and that of Jeanne de Vergy is on its left[29]. This alone is proof that the Shroud had been the private property of Geoffroy I de Charny and his wife, Jeanne de Vergy. And on Geoffroy I's death in 1356 [see "1356c"], the Shroud became the property of his heir, Geoffroy II de Charny. And upon Geoffroy II's death in 1398 [see "1398"], the Shroud became the property of his heir, Marguerite de Charny. The Shroud had merely been kept in Lirey church on behalf of Geoffroy II de Charny, and the canons had no right to demand it be returned to them, nor that they be paid compensations for its `loss'. See 16Feb15, 14Mar15, and below on the Lirey church canons' extortion racket!]

promised that when the danger had passed, the Shroud and relics would be returned to the Lirey church's canons[30]. Humbert and Marguerite kept the Shroud in Humbert's castle at Montfort [Right (original)[31].] near Montbard[32], about 63 km (39 mi) from Lirey, as also specified in the receipt[33].

c. 1419 But not long after the Shroud and relics were moved west about 227 km (141 mi) from Lirey to another of Humbert's castles, St Hippolyte sur Doubs[34], and then kept in the chapel called des Buessarts[35]. Expositions of the Shroud were held every Easter Sunday in a meadow on the banks of the River Doubs[36].

1434 Marriage of Louis (Ludovico) I (1413–65) to Anne de Lusignan of Cyprus (1418-1462) [Left (enlarge)[37].] in Chambéry[38]. Anne was the daughter of King Janus of Cyprus (1375–1432) and Charlotte of Bourbon (1388–1422) [39]. Janus' other titles included crusader King of Jerusalem[40] [see "1095"]. Anne was a direct descendant of Aimery de Lusignan (c. 1155–1205), the first King of Cyprus[41] [see "1191"]. It will be Anne in 1453 who negotiates with Marguerite de Charny the transfer of ownership of the Shroud to the House of Savoy[42] [see future "1453"].

1437 Death of Humbert de Villersexel, second husband of Marguerite de Charny (see above)[43]. Their marriage also was childless[44]. Humbert lands were bequeathed to his nephew, François de La Palud (c.1400–1456)[45], but Marguerite was named trustee of the Shroud[46]. So Marguerite left St Hippolyte sur Doubs, her home for the previous ~20 years, taking the Shroud with her[47]. Now in her mid-forties, twice-widowed and childless, Marguerite would have known that she was going to die without a direct heir to pass on the Shroud to[48].

1439 After a bishops' revolt against Pope Eugene IV (r. 1431-1447), Duke Amadeus VIII was elected Pope by the Council of Basel-Florence, and becomes Pope Felix V (r. 1439-1449)[49].

1440 Amadeus VIII resigned as Duke in favour of his eldest surviving son, Louis, who became Louis I, Duke of Savoy (r. 1440-65)[50]. [Right (enlarge)[51].]

1443 Since Humbert de Villersexel's death in 1437 (above), the dean and canons of the Lirey church had been demanding that Marguerite return to them the Shroud and relics that Humbert had taken into safekeeping in 1418 (see above)[52]. Having received no response the dean and canons of the Lirey church sued Marguerite in the Parlement of Dole for the return of the Shroud to them[53]. That is despite the Shroud being her property not theirs (see above)! Marguerite's deposition to the Parlement stated that the Shroud was "conquis par feu messire Geoffroi de Charny, mon grant père'"[54]. i.e. it was her grandfather Geoffroy I de Charny (c.1300–1356)'s by "right of conquest"[55] and therefore was not Humbert's to give away. Marguerite handed back to the Lirey church the relics and jewels, but not the Shroud[56]. In return for various payments towards the upkeep of the Lirey church Marguerite was allowed to keep the Shroud for three more years"[57].

1447 Having shown no sign of being prepared to negotiate the return of the Shroud to the Lirey church, its dean and canons summoned Marguerite before the court of Besançon[58]. In its judgement the court allowed Marguerite to keep the Shroud for another two years, on payment of the Lirey canons' legal costs and further church upkeep[59]. Two years later this agreement was renewed for a further three years[60]. In these negotiations Marguerite was represented by her half-brother Charles de Noyers (c.1401–1460)[61], a son of Marguerite's mother's second marriage[62].

To be continued in the eleventh installment of this part #17 of this series.

Notes
1. This post is copyright. I grant permission to quote from any part of this post (but not the whole post), provided it includes a reference citing my name, its subject heading, its date, and a hyperlink back to this page. [return]
2. "File:Folio 75r - The Man of Sorrows.jpg," Wikimedia Commons, 4 June 2018. [return]
3. Wilson, I., 1994, "A New Finding," BSTS Newsletter. No. 38, August/September, pp.16-19, 17; Wilson, I., 1998, "The Blood and the Shroud: New Evidence that the World's Most Sacred Relic is Real," Simon & Schuster: New York NY, p.285. [return]
4. "Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry," Wikipedia, 24 August 2018. [return]
5. Wilson, 1994, p.17; Wilson, 1998, p.285. [return]
6. "John, Duke of Berry," Wikipedia, 12 October 2018. [return]
7 . Wilson, 1994, p.17. [return]
8. Currer-Briggs, N., 1988, "The Shroud and the Grail: A Modern Quest for the True Grail," St. Martin's Press: New York NY, pp.35, 174. [return]
9. Currer-Briggs, 1995, p.221; Crispino, D.C., 1990, "The Charny Genealogy," Shroud Spectrum International, No. 37, December, pp.19-25, 20; Duncan, H., 2013, "The Shroud in Montfort, 1418-?," BSTS Newsletter, No. 77, June. [return]
10. Wilson, I., 1979, "The Shroud of Turin: The Burial Cloth of Jesus?," [1978], Image Books: New York NY, Revised edition, p.209; Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.37; Currer-Briggs, 1995, pp.16-17; Wilson, I., 2010, "The Shroud: The 2000-Year-Old Mystery Solved," Bantam Press: London, p.237. [return]
11. Wilson, 1979, p.209; Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.44; Brucker, E., 1998, "Thy Holy Face: My 39 Years of Lecturing on the Shroud of Turin," Brucker: Tucson AZ, p.16; Duncan, 2013. [return]
12. Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.174; Wilson, 1998, p.281. [return]
13. de Wesselow, T., 2012, "The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection," Viking: London, p.15. [return]
14. Wilson, 1998, p.281. [return]
15. Wilson, 1998, p.281. [return]
16. Wilson, 1979, p.215; Tribbe, F.C., 2006, "Portrait of Jesus: The Illustrated Story of the Shroud of Turin," Paragon House Publishers: St. Paul MN, Second edition, p.48; Whiting, B., 2006, "The Shroud Story," Harbour Publishing: Strathfield NSW, Australia, p.52; Wilson, 2010, p.243. [return]
17. Wilson, 2010, p.247; "Louis, Duke of Savoy," Wikipedia, 6 April 2018. [return]
18. Wilson, 1979, p.211; Morgan, R., 1980, "Perpetual Miracle: Secrets of the Holy Shroud of Turin by an Eye Witness," Runciman Press: Manly NSW, Australia, p.44; Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.44; Currer-Briggs, 1995, p.221; Wilson, 1998, pp.118, 281-282; Guerrera, V., 2001, "The Shroud of Turin: A Case for Authenticity," TAN: Rockford IL, p.15; Oxley, M., 2010, "The Challenge of the Shroud: History, Science and the Shroud of Turin," AuthorHouse: Milton Keynes UK, p.63; Duncan, 2013. [return]
19. "Hundred Years' War: Battle of Agincourt (1415)," Wikipedia, 8 November 2018. [return]
20. Wilson, 1979, p.211; Guerrera, 2001, p.16; Oxley, 2010, p.63. [return]
21. Wilson, 1979, pp.211, 260; Wilson, 1998, p.282; Whiting, 2006, p.49; "Humbert de Villersexel," Wikipedia, 27 September 2017 (translated by Google). [return]
22. Whiting, 2006, p.49; Wilson, 2010, p.211. [return]
23. Wilson, 1979, p.215; Whiting, 2006, p.52. [return]
24. Wilson, 1979, pp.211-212, 260; Wilson, 1998, pp.118, 282. [return]
25. Wilson, 1979, p.260; Wilson, 1998, p.282. [return]
26. Humber, T., 1978, "The Sacred Shroud," [1974], Pocket Books: New York NY, p.101; Wilson, 1979, pp.212, 260; Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.44; Bonnet-Eymard, B., "Study of original documents of the archives of the Diocese of Troyes in France with particular reference to the Memorandum of Pierre d'Arcis," in Berard, A., ed., 1991, "History, Science, Theology and the Shroud," Symposium Proceedings, St. Louis Missouri, June 22-23, 1991, The Man in the Shroud Committee of Amarillo, Texas: Amarillo TX, pp.233-260, 247; Currer-Briggs, 1995, p.35; Wilson, 1998, pp.118, 282; Whiting, 2006, p.50; Wilson, 2010, p.238; Duncan, 2013. [return]
27. Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.44; Bonnet-Eymard, 1991, p.247; Currer-Briggs, 1995, p.35; Wilson, 1998, p.118; Whiting, 2006, p.50; Duncan, 2013. [return]
28. Latendresse, M., 2012, "A Souvenir from Lirey," Sindonology.org. [return]
29. Wilson, 1979, p.224D; Maher, R.W., 1986, "Science, History, and the Shroud of Turin," Vantage Press: New York NY, p.96; Wilson, I., 1986, "The Evidence of the Shroud," Guild Publishing: London, p.5; Wilson, 1998, p.127; Antonacci, M., 2000, "Resurrection of the Shroud: New Scientific, Medical, and Archeological Evidence," M. Evans & Co: New York NY, p.150; Tribbe, 2006, p.42; Wilson, 2010, p.221. [return]
30. Wilson, 1979, p.212; Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.44; Duncan, 2013; Whiting, 2006, p.50; Wilson, 2010, p.238. [return]
31. "Castle Montfort (Côte-d'Or)," Wikipedia, 3 November 2017 (translated by Google). [return]
32. Wilson, 1979, p.260; Wilson, 1998, pp.118, 282. [return]
33. Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.44; Wilson, 1998, p.118; Duncan, 2013. [return]
34. Wilson, 1979, p.260; Adams, F.O., 1982, "Sindon: A Layman's Guide to the Shroud of Turin," Synergy Books: Tempe AZ, p.33; Wilson, 1998, pp.238, 282; Whiting, 2006, p.50. [return]
35. Wilson, 1979, pp.212, 260; Wilson, 1998, p.282; Whiting, 2006, p.50. [return]
36. Wilson, 1979, pp.260-261; Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.45; Wilson, 1998, pp.238, 282; Whiting, 2006, p.50. [return]
37. "Anne of Cyprus, Duchess of Savoy, by Giuseppe Lavy," c.1758-66, in Royal Palace, Turin. [return]
38. "Anne of Cyprus," Wikipedia, 5 July 2018. [return]
39. Wilson, 2010, p.243; Ibid.. [return]
40. "Janus of Cyprus: Family and issue," Wikipedia, 13 November 2018. [return]
41. Wilson, 1979, p.215; Scott, J.B., 2003, "Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin," University of Chicago Press: Chicago & London, p.13; Whiting, 2006, p.52; Oxley, 2010, p.68; Wilson, 2010, p.243. [return]
42. Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.34. [return]
43. Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.35; Currer-Briggs, 1995, p.35; Wilson, 1998, p.282; Wilson, 2010, p.239. [return]
44. Morgan, 1980, p.44; Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.45; Tribbe, 2006, p.47; Whiting, 2006, p.50; Wilson, 2010, p.239. [return]
45. Sox, H.D., 1978, "File on the Shroud," Coronet: London, p.41; Wilson, 1979, p.213; Oxley, 2010, p.68. [return]
46. Sox, 1978, p.41. [return]
47. Reference(s) to be provided. [return]
48. Wilson, 1979, p.212; Wilson, 2010, p.239. [return]
49. Wilson, 1998, p.282; "Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoy: Election as anti-pope," Wikipedia, 27 August 2018. [return]
50. "Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoy: Election as anti-pope," Wikipedia, 27 August 2018; "Louis, Duke of Savoy," Wikipedia, 6 April 2018. [return]
51. "File:Lodovico di Savoia.jpg," Wikimedia Commons, 28 June 2016. [return]
52. Currer-Briggs, 1995, p.35. [return]
53. Currer-Briggs, 1995, p.35. [return]
54. Currer-Briggs, 1995, p.35; Wilson, I., 1991, "Holy Faces, Secret Places: The Quest for Jesus' True Likeness," Doubleday: London, p.20; Wilson, 1998, pp.130, 132, 282; Oxley, 2010, p.66. [return]
55. Petrosillo, O. & Marinelli, E., 1996, "The Enigma of the Shroud: A Challenge to Science," Scerri, L.J., transl., Publishers Enterprises Group: Malta, p.183. [return]
56. Bulst, W., 1957, "The Shroud of Turin," McKenna, S. & Galvin, J.J., transl., Bruce Publishing Co: Milwaukee WI, p.15; Currer-Briggs, 1988, p.45. [return]
57. Wilson, 2010, p.240. [return]
58. Bulst, 1957, p.15; Wilson, 2010, p.240. [return]
59. Wilson, 2010, p.240. [return]
60. Wilson, 2010, p.240. [return]
61. Wilson, 1979, p.213; Currer-Briggs, 1995, p.36; Wilson, 1998, p.283; Wilson, 2010, p.240. [return]
62. Oxley, 2010, p.70. [return]

Posted: 10 November 2018. Updated: 20 November 2018.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Date index 2017: The Shroud of Turin blog

The Shroud of Turin blog
DATE INDEX 2017
© Stephen E. Jones
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This is my date index to my 2017 posts on this my The Shroud of Turin blog. The posts are listed in reverse date order (more recent uppermost). For further information on this date index series see the Main Date Index.

[Main index] [Previous: 2016] [Next: 2018]


2017

[Above (enlarge): "The surrender of the Holy Mandylion (the `Image of Edessa'), bearing the face of Christ [and behind it the full-length, previously folded, Shroud!], by the inhabitants of Edessa in Mesopotamia to the Byzantines in 944," by John Skylitzes (c. 1040s – aft. 1101)[2]. Note that in the 11th century (c. 1070) Skylitzes depicted the Image of Edessa/Mandylion, at the time of its transfer from Edessa to Constantinople in 944, as full-length and folded[3]! This is from my post of 13-May-17. My other posts which included this work by Skylitzes are: 30Jul15, 25Oct15, 04Oct18 & 05Nov18. The second last is my "Open letter to Professor Christopher Ramsey," where because of space constraints I didn't elaborate, but if I had I would have said that this c. 1070 work by Skylitzes alone (and it isn't alone), proves beyond reasonable doubt: 1) that Ian Wilson's theory that the Image of Edessa was the Shroud "doubled in four" = tetradiplon)[4] is correct; and 2) at c. 1070, this painting by Skylitzes is 190 years before the earliest 1260 radiocarbon date of the Shroud[5], and therefore (yet again) the "mediaeval ... AD 1260-1390" radiocarbon date of the Shroud[6] was wrong!]

18-Dec-17: Obituary: Dr. Alan Duane Whanger (17 July 1930 - 21 October 2017)
11-Dec-17: 18 November 1987: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud
10-Dec-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, November 2017
11-Nov-17: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Thirteenth century
05-Nov-17: No image under blood #25: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
04-Nov-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, October 2017
29-Oct-17: Vignon markings: Shroud's 1260-1390 radiocarbon date is against the preponderance of the evidence (2): Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory #10
22-Oct-17: 10 October 1987: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud
22-Oct-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, September 2017
23-Sep-17: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Twelfth century
18-Sep-17: VT-100 terminal to a DEC mini-computer, Timothy Linick and Karl Koch: Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory #9
13-Sep-17: 29 June 1987: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud
04-Sep-17: Blood clots intact #24: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
03-Sep-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, August 2017
15-Aug-17: Obituary: Rev. H. David Sox (24 April 1936 - 28 August 2016)
13-Aug-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, July 2017
27-Jul-17: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Eleventh century
19-Jul-17: "Atomic resolution studies detect new biologic evidences on the Turin Shroud," Shroud of Turin News, June 2017
07-Jul-17: 15 June 1987: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud
06-Jul-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, June 2017
21-Jun-17: 13th-12th centuries: Shroud's 1260-1390 radiocarbon date is against the preponderance of the evidence (1): Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory #8
19-Jun-17: 6 May 1987: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud
03-Jun-17: Real human blood #23: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
02-Jun-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, May 2017
31-May-17: 27 April 1987: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud
29-May-17: Index: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud
13-May-17: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Tenth century
10-May-17: Dr Jull's and Prof. Ramsey's prompt, misleading and false replies: Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory #7
09-May-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, April 2017
20-Apr-17: X-rays #22: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
19-Apr-17: `Radiocarbon Dating ... error potential when an item is contaminated with newer material'
11-Apr-17: Summary and embryonic statement of my hacker theory: Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory #6
09-Apr-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, March 2017
25-Mar-17: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Ninth century
14-Mar-17: No decomposition #21: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
10-Mar-17: Another form of fraud - computer hacking: Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory #5
09-Mar-17: Odds "one in a thousand trillion" against the radiocarbon dating!: Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory #4
07-Mar-17: My first use of the term "hacker": Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory #3
06-Mar-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, February 2017
24-Feb-17: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Eighth century
21-Feb-17: Fraud a real possibility: Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory #2
05-Feb-17: Three-dimensional #20: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
04-Feb-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, January 2017
24-Jan-17: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Seventh century
23-Jan-17: Hacking an explanation & Index: Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory #1
20-Jan-17: The date of Ian Wilson's tetradiplon = `doubled in four' Shroud experiment
19-Jan-17: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, December 2016


Notes
1. This post is copyright. I grant permission to quote from any part of it (but not the whole post), provided it includes a reference citing my name, its subject heading, its date, and a hyperlink back to this page. [return]
2. "Chronography of John Skylitzes, cod. Vitr. 26-2, folio 131a, Madrid National Library, in "File:Surrender of the Mandylion to the Byzantines.jpg," Wikimedia Commons, 20 December 2012. [return]
3. Scavone, D.C., "The History of the Turin Shroud to the 14th C.," in Berard, A., ed., 1991, "History, Science, Theology and the Shroud," Symposium Proceedings, St. Louis Missouri, June 22-23, 1991, The Man in the Shroud Committee of Amarillo, Texas: Amarillo TX, pp.171-204, 193-194; Scavone, D.C., "Underscoring the Highly Significant Historical Research of the Shroud," in Tribbe, 2006, p.xxvii. [return]
4. Reference(s) to be provided. [return]
5. Wilson, I., 1991, "Holy Faces, Secret Places: The Quest for Jesus' True Likeness," Doubleday: London, p.161; Iannone, J.C., 1998, "The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin: New Scientific Evidence," St Pauls: Staten Island NY, p.155; Wilson, I. & Schwortz, B., 2000, "The Turin Shroud: The Illustrated Evidence," Michael O'Mara Books: London, p.115; Marino, J.G., 2011, "Wrapped up in the Shroud: Chronicle of a Passion," Cradle Press: St. Louis MO, p.53. [return]
6. Damon, P.E., et al., 1989, "Radiocarbon Dating of the Shroud of Turin," Nature, Vol. 337, 16 February, pp.611-615, 611. [return]

Posted: 8 November 2018. Updated: 8 November 2018.

Monday, November 5, 2018

"Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, October 2018

Shroud of Turin News - October 2018
© Stephen E. Jones
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[Previous: August 2018, part #1] [Next: October 2018, part #1]

This is the October 2018 issue of my Shroud of Turin News. I have listed below linked news article(s) about the Shroud in October as a service to readers, without necessarily endorsing any of them.

Contents:
• "New statue of the man from the Shroud of Turin unveiled," Herald Malaysian Online, October 19, 2018

Editorial
Rex Morgan's Shroud News: My scanning and word-processing of the 118 issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, provided by Ian Wilson, and emailing them to Barrie Schwortz, for him to convert to PDFs and add to his online Shroud News archive, continued in October up to issue #113, October 1998 [Right (enlarge).], i.e ~96% completed. Issues in the archive are up to #110, October 1998.

Media release: In October I completed a simplified version of my media release, outlining my hacker theory, which I intended to email to news outlets in anticipation of an upsurge of media interest in the Shroud's radiocarbon dating as the 30th anniversary drew near of the announcement on 13 October 1988 [see 23Jul15 & 30Oct18] that the Shroud's radiocarbon date was "1260-1390". It transpired that there was no media interest in that anniversary and I missed that deadline anyway. As stated in a note above my 28 October simplified version:

"I have today (3 November) made a start converting a copy of this web page to a Word document. I will try to make progress with that every day, so that I can email it to news media outlets that have published favourable (or at least not unfavourable) news article on the Shroud, by Monday, 12 November."

Posts: In October I blogged 5 new posts (latest uppermost): "13 October 1988: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud," - 30th; "Media release: Were the Turin Shroud radiocarbon dating laboratories duped by a computer hacker?," - 28th; "Date index 2016: The Shroud of Turin blog," - 26th; "Open letter to Professor Christopher Ramsey," - 4th; and "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, September 2018," - 2nd .

Updates There were no significant updates in the background of past post(s) in October.

In November I continued to update in the background the simplified version of my Media Release as I prepare off-line a Word version to be sent to news outlets by 12 November.

And on 6 November I completed my "Open letter to Professor Christopher Ramsey," and airmailed it to him. I then sent him an email also on 6 November as follows:

Professor Christopher Ramsey
Director of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit,
1 South Parks Road,
OXFORD, OX1 3TG
United Kingdom

6 November 2018

Professor Ramsey,

Please see my open letter to you on my The Shroud of Turin blog: "Open letter to Professor Christopher Ramsey".

I have today, 6 November 2018, airmailed to you a printed copy of this post.

If you wish to reply, you may do so in a comment under my post, or by return email to me. If the latter, I will post it to my blog.

Regards,

Stephen E. Jones
The Shroud of Turin blog

Comments: In date order received (earliest first). I deleted two comments in October which were both sub-standard and one of them was also offensive. The offensive and substandard one criticised my posting by installments. I realise that is not ideal, and probably most readers don't like it (as I don't), but in my personal circumstance, being the full-time carer of my wife who is a near-quadriplegic with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) [see 04Feb17, 08May18 & 03Jun18], I just don't have long stretches of time to write a long post from beginning to end in one session. I could add the installments off-line and publish the posts once when they are completed, but that would mean that sometimes I would not post anything for days or even weeks. From what I have read elsewhere, blogs that don't have posts appearing regularly, tend to not be visited by readers. So it's either I post in installments, or not at all! Having said that, it is my policy to always delete as substandard comments that tell me what I should, or should not, post. My response to all such commenters is, "If you don't like what I post, or how I post, then don't read my blog! [see 01Jan18 & 02Mar18].

I published a comment from Antero de Frias Moreira of the Centro Português de Sindonologia, under my "Open letter to Professor Christopher Ramsey" post. He agreed that the c. 1070 depiction by John Skylitzes (c.1040s–c.1101) [Left [2].] of Byzantine general John Curcuas (fl. 915–946), delivering the Mandylion/Image of Edessa portrait, behind which is the Shroud Shroud "four-doubled", to Byzantine Emperor Romanos I Lekapenos (r. 920–944), "is one more piece of evidence that the Mandylion and the Shroud are nothing but the same relic ... So, ancient art provides us pieces of evidence against 1988 radiocarbon dating of the Shroud"!

I published an anonymous comment under my post, "Shroud of Turin News - November 2015, which asked, "... if there is copyright on the Shroud photographs please, as I would like to use some for a project I'm working on." My response (as a non-lawyer) included: "My understanding is that as long as: 1) it is only a small part of the original work; 2) you cite the source; 3) you are not charging money for your work the photograph will be in; and 4) it is in the public interest; it is exempt from copyright by being `fair use.' Also some Shroud photos are very old and copyright lapses 70 years after the author's death (although this varies). My blog photos are usually a reduced size from the original, so they aren't an exact copy. If anything they are an advertisement for the original! I also understand that if a photograph has been on the Internet for a long time and the copyright owner has not objected, it becomes public domain. I don't usually (if ever) use photographs from professional clip art sites like Getty Images. There also was a USA court case (which I can't remember right now) where the judge held that the complainant had to prove that he/she/it had suffered real harm, and it was not `fair use'."

Finally, I deleted a comment as offensive that actually made a good point in that I had originally concluded my "Open letter to Professor Christopher Ramsey" with words to the effect (I don't have a copy of what I wrote) that if Prof. Ramsey took no action, it would be a form of "scientific fraud." The commenter made the good point that that would be a "lack of diplomacy" but I took offense at the way he/she worded it. Nevertheless on reflection, I deleted that final paragraph, even though I regarded it as true, because I didn't want to give Prof. Ramsey an excuse to ignore my open letter to him. For that same reason I did not mention my hacker theory in my open letter.

My radiocarbon dating hacker theory As seen above, I blogged two posts on my hacker theory in October: "13 October 1988: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud," and "Media release: Were the Turin Shroud radiocarbon dating laboratories duped by a computer hacker?"

My book: I continued making progress in October, writing a dot-point outline of my book, "Shroud of Turin: The Burial Sheet of Jesus!"

[Right (enlarge): The planned cover of my book.]

on my smartphone using Gmail (see 09May17 and 06Jul17). It became too large, so in October I began breaking it into chapters.

Pageviews: At midnight on 31 October 2018, Google Analytics [Below (enlarge)] gave this blog's "Pageviews all time history" as 972,213. This compares with 813,706 (up 158,507 or 19.5%) from the same time in October 2017. It also gave the most viewed posts for the month (highest uppermost) as: "Shroud News - November 2007," Dec 1, 2007 - 239; Re: Shroud blood ... types as AB ... aged blood always types as AB, so the significance of this ... is unclear," Mar 18, 2011 - 104; "Medieval photography: Nicholas Allen," Aug 7, 2016 - 100; "Open letter to Professor Christopher Ramsey," Oct 4, 2018 - 89; and "My critique of Borrini, M. & Garlaschelli, L., 2018, "A BPA Approach to the Shroud of Turin," Journal of Forensic Sciences, 10 July," Aug 13, 2018 - 89.

Notes:
1. This post is copyright. I grant permission to extract or quote from any part of it (but not the whole post), provided the extract or quote includes a reference citing my name, its title, its date, and a hyperlink back to this page. [return]
2. "File:Surrender of the Mandylion to the Byzantines.jpg," Wikimedia Commons, 20 December 2012. [return]

Posted: 5 November 2018. Updated: 18 November 2018.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

13 October 1988: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud

© Stephen E. Jones[1]

This is the fifth and final (and an update of the first) installment of part #13, "13 October 1988," of my series, "On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud." For more information about this series, see part #1. I have fallen behind again, but since the next significant day is 16 February 1989, I will catch up and then post each significant day in the radiocarbon dating of the Shroud as near to its 30th anniversary as possible. This series won't end with this announcement of the Shroud's radiocarbon dating, nor with the 1989 Nature article. I had always intended to cover the aftermath of the radiocarbon dating for as long as it was significant. Emphases are mine unless otherwise indicated.

[Index #1] [Previous: 03Jul88 #12] [Next: 16Feb89 #14]

13 October 1988 On Thursday 13 October 1988[2], in the British

[Above (enlarge)[3]: From left, Prof. Edward Hall (Oxford), Dr Michael Tite (British Museum) and Dr Robert Hedges (Oxford)[4], announcing on 13 October 1988 in the British Museum, London, that the Shroud of Turin had been radiocarbon dated to "1260-1390!"[5]. Note the triumphant[6], jubilant[7], derisory[8], unprofessional[9] and unscientific[10] exclamation mark[11].]

Museum, London and in Turin[12], it was announced that the Shroud had been radiocarbon dated to 1260-1390[13], or 1325 plus or minus 65 years[14]. The three scientists declared the odds against were "astronomical" that the Shroud could be first century, yet had a radiocarbon date of 1260-1390[15].

As the laboratories were aware[16], 1325 was only 30 years before the Shroud's first appearance in undisputed history in 1355 at an exposition in the village of Lirey, France[17]. Therefore some Shroud sceptics claimed that 1325 was the date of the Shroud[18].

If this date range were true, the Shroud could not be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ[19], but would have to have been the work of a 13th-14th century forger[20].

This result was not unexpected, because in the preceding months there had been leaks in the English news media[21], that the radiocarbon dating had found that the Shroud was "medieval"[22], and that it had been dated "1350"[23]. It later transpired that the secondary source of those leaks was the Rev. David Sox (1936-2016)[see 5Aug17 & 22Nov16], and their primary source was allegedly Arizona radiocarbon dating laboratory physicist Timothy W. Linick (1946-89) [see 30Dec15 & 22Feb16].

The Archbishop of Turin, Cardinal Anastasio Ballestrero (r. 1977-1989), had no option but to announce the results communicated to him[24]. However, he added, "the problems of the origin of the image ... still remain ... unsolved"[25].

This was followed by worldwide news media headlines that the Shroud

[Above (enlarge): Creased newspaper photograph with the headline, "Turin Shroud shown to be a fake," in The Independent, 14 October 1988[26]. The photo is of Prof. E. Hall (Oxford), Dr. M. Tite (British Museum) and Dr R. Hedges (Oxford) outside the entrance of the British Museum, after their announcement the day before that the Shroud's radiocarbon date was "1260-1390!" [see above] But the flip side of the "fake" claim is that since the Shroud is authentic (according to the overwhelmingly weight of the evidence), then it must be the radiocarbon date of 1260-1390 which is the fake[27], e.g. the result of a computer hacking [see 23Jul15 & 28Oct18].]

had been proven to be "a fake"[28] and "a fraud"[29].

However, this one test flew in the face of decades of research across many different fields which pointed to the Shroud being authentic[30].

Moreover the laboratories were unable to explain how the Shroud's image was created in the Middle Ages[31]. The poverty of the laboratories' understanding of this problem was exemplified by Oxford's Prof. Hall's `explanation' to reporters[32]:

"There was a multi-million-pound business in making forgeries during the fourteenth century. Someone just got a bit of linen, faked it up and flogged it"[33].
Hall later showed that he was anything but the impartial, objective, scientist in respect of the Shroud, by declaring that anyone who continued to regard the Shroud as genuine, was the equivalent of a "Flat Earther" and was "onto a loser"[34].

Based on the news media's reports that the science of carbon dating had proved that the Shroud was a medieval fake, those who knew that the preponderance of the evidence supported the Shroud's authenticity[35] assumed that the carbon dating must be wrong[36]. However, the media simply ignored that body of evidence and never questioned the reliability of the carbon-14 test[37]. Turin and the Vatican lent credibility to the test by failing to question its reliability[38]. So from then most people have wrongly dismissed the Shroud as a scientifically proven medieval forgery[39].

To be continued in the next part #14 of this series.

Notes
1. This post is copyright. I grant permission to quote from any part of it (but not the whole post), provided it includes a reference citing my name, its subject heading, its date, and a hyperlink back to this page. [return]
2. Wilson, I., 1998, "The Blood and the Shroud: New Evidence that the World's Most Sacred Relic is Real," Simon & Schuster: New York NY, p.6; Wilson, I., 2010, "The Shroud: The 2000-Year-Old Mystery Solved," Bantam Press: London, p.89. [return]
3. Wilson, 1998, plate 3b. [return]
4. Wilson, I., 1991, "Holy Faces, Secret Places: The Quest for Jesus' True Likeness," Doubleday: London, pp.8-9; Hoare, R., 1995, "The Turin Shroud Is Genuine: The Irrefutable Evidence," [1984], Souvenir Press: London, p.13; Petrosillo, O. & Marinelli, E., 1996, "The Enigma of the Shroud: A Challenge to Science," Scerri, L.J., transl., Publishers Enterprises Group: Malta, p.108; Garza-Valdes, L.A., 1998, "The DNA of God?," Hodder & Stoughton: London, pp.9, 184; Wilson, 1998, pp.6-7; Guerrera, V., 2001, "The Shroud of Turin: A Case for Authenticity," TAN: Rockford IL, p.133; Oxley, M., 2010, "The Challenge of the Shroud: History, Science and the Shroud of Turin," AuthorHouse: Milton Keynes UK, p.221; Wilson, 2010, p.89. [return]
5. Wilson, 1991, pp.8-9; Petrosillo & Marinelli, 1996, p.108; Wilson, 1998, p.7. [return]
6. Garza-Valdes, 1998, p.5. [return]
7. Guerrera, 2001, p.133. [return]
8. Petrosillo & Marinelli, 1996, p.108. [return]
9. Guerrera, 2001, p.133. [return]
10. Hoare, 1995, p.13. [return]
11. Guscin, M., 1998, "The Oviedo Cloth," Lutterworth Press: Cambridge UK, p.66; Meacham, W., 2005, "The Rape of the Turin Shroud: How Christianity's Most Precious Relic was Wrongly Condemned and Violated," Lulu Press: Morrisville NC, p.53. [return]
12. Garza-Valdes, 1998, pp.5, 182; Wilson, 1998, p.310; Meacham, 2005, p.53; de Wesselow, T., 2012, "The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection," Viking: London, p.167. [return]
13. Wilson, 1998, pp.7, 310; Meacham, 2005, p.97; Oxley, 2010, p.221; de Wesselow, 2012, p.167. [return]
14. Wilson, 1998, p.7; McCrone, W.C., 1999, "Judgment Day for the Shroud of Turin," Prometheus Books: Amherst NY, pp.1, 141, 178, 246; Oxley, 2010, p.60; de Wesselow, 2012, p.170. [return]
15. Petrosillo & Marinelli, 1996, p.8; Wilson, 1998, pp.7; Wilson, 2010, p.89. [return]
16. Damon, P.E., et al., 1989, "Radiocarbon Dating of the Shroud of Turin," Nature, Vol. 337, 16 February, pp.611-615, 611; Gove, 1996, p.264. [return]
17. Petrosillo & Marinelli, 1996, p.108; Wilson, 1998, p.7; Milne, L., 2005, "A Grain of Truth: How Pollen Brought a Murderer to Justice," New Holland: Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia, p.93. [return]
18. Gove, H.E., 1996, "Relic, Icon or Hoax?: Carbon Dating the Turin Shroud," Institute of Physics Publishing: Bristol UK, p.293; McCrone, 1999, pp.xxiii, xx. [return]
19. Borkan, M., 1995, "Ecce Homo?: Science and the Authenticity of the Turin Shroud," Vertices, Duke University, Vol. X, No. 2, Winter, pp.18-51, 21; Gove, 1996, p.264; Meacham, 2005, p.53; Oxley, 2010, p.221. [return]
20. Oxley, 2010, p.221. [return]
21. Wilson, I., 1988, "On the Recent `Leaks'," British Society for the Turin Shroud, 23 September; Wilson, 1991, p.8; Garza-Valdes, 1998, p.183; Iannone, J.C., 1998, "The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin: New Scientific Evidence," St Pauls: Staten Island NY, p.164; Wilson, 1998, p.185. [return]
22. Gove, 1996, pp.273, 276; Petrosillo & Marinelli, 1996, p.91; Garza-Valdes,1998, p.181. [return]
23. Gove, 1996, p277; Garza-Valdes,1998, p.181; Wilson, 1998, p.310; Wilson, 2010, p.88. [return]
24. Wilson, 1991, p.8; Petrosillo & Marinelli, 1996, p.97; Garza-Valdes, 1998, p.183; Wilson, 1998, pp.7-8; Bennett, J., 2001, "Sacred Blood, Sacred Image: The Sudarium of Oviedo: New Evidence for the Authenticity of the Shroud of Turin," Ignatius Press: San Francisco CA, p.82; de Wesselow, 2012, p.167. [return]
25. Petrosillo & Marinelli, 1996, p.98; Garza-Valdes, 1998, p.183; Wilson, 1998, p.8. [return]
26. Wilson, I. & Schwortz, B., 2000, "The Turin Shroud: The Illustrated Evidence," Michael O'Mara Books: London, p.94. [return]
27. Wilson, 1998, p.8. [return]
28. Morgan, R., 1991, "Did the Templars Take the Shroud to England?: New Evidence from Templecombe," in Berard, A., ed., 1991, "History, Science, Theology and the Shroud," Symposium Proceedings, St. Louis Missouri, June 22-23, 1991, The Man in the Shroud Committee of Amarillo, Texas: Amarillo TX, pp.205-232, 206; Wilson, 1991, p.9; Iannone, 1998, p.164; Garza-Valdes,1998, p.5; Wilson, 1998, p.7. [return]
29. Iannone, 1998, p.164. [return]
30. Morgan, 1991, p.206; Borkan, 1995, p.21. [return]
31. de Wesselow, 2012, p.167. [return]
32. de Wesselow, 2012, p.167. [return]
33. Sheridan, M. & Reeves, P., 1988, "Turin Shroud shown to be a fake," The Independent, 14 October in Wilson, 1998, p.7; Oxley, 2010, p.221. [return]
34. Wilson, 1998, pp.7, 185, 310; Oxley, 2010, p.221. [return]
35. Iannone, 1998, p.165; Ruffin, C.B., 1999, "The Shroud of Turin: The Most Up-To-Date Analysis of All the Facts Regarding the Church's Controversial Relic," Our Sunday Visitor: Huntington IN, p.119. [return]
36. Bennett, 2001, p.186. [return]
37. Iannone, 1998, p.165. [return]
38. Petrosillo & Marinelli, 1996, p.98; Iannone, 1998, p.165. [return]
39. Bennett, 2001, p.186; Meacham, 2005, p.53; Wilson, 2010, p.2. [return]

Posted: 30 October 2018. Updated: 4 November 2018.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Media release: Were the Turin Shroud radiocarbon dating laboratories duped by a computer hacker?

I have today (3 November) made a start converting a copy of this web page to a Word document. I will try to make progress with that every day, so that I can email it to news media outlets that have published favourable (or at least not unfavourable) news article on the Shroud, by the end of November. I am also updating this post as I prepare the Word version of it.

This is the the simplified version of may radiocarbon dating hacking theory media release. It has links and references only to the sources of its few quotes and photos. I have re-titled my earlier media release the "fully referenced version" and marked it "not for publication." I am now converting this media release to a Word document. When that is completed, I will then assemble a mailing list of news outlets which have in the past published favourable (or at least not unfavourable) Shroud articles, reduce this preamble even further, mark the media release "For immediate publication," date it, and email it to those news outlets. I will keep readers informed of its progress in my monthly Shroud of Turin News posts.


MEDIA RELEASE
(Not yet ready for publication)

Were the Turin Shroud radiocarbon dating laboratories duped by a computer hacker?

© Stephen E. Jones

The Shroud of Turin blog

Date

"Were the Turin Shroud radiocarbon dating laboratories duped by a computer hacker?" asks Australian pro-Shroud blogger Stephen Jones.

The 13th of October this year was the 30th anniversary of the simultaneous announcement in London and Turin that three Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) radiocarbon dating laboratories at Arizona, Zurich and Oxford, had dated the Shroud of Turin to between 1260 and 1390.

[Above: From left to right, Prof. E. Hall (Oxford), Dr M. Tite (British Museum) and Dr R. Hedges (Oxford) announcing on 13 October 1988 that the Shroud of Turin had been radiocarbon dated to "1260-1390!"[1].]

This was followed on 16 February 1989 by an article in the science journal Nature, confirming that those three laboratories had carbon dated the Shroud as "mediaeval ... AD 1260-1390"[2].

The midpoint of those years is 1325, which is only 30 years before the Shroud first appeared in undisputed history in 1355 at Lirey, a tiny village in France. It was this midpoint's close agreement with the Shroud's historic debut that convinced the laboratories' scientists that the 1260-1390 date must be correct.

But the evidence, other than the radiocarbon dating, is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is the burial sheet of Jesus, and therefore 1st century.

Even the Director of the Oxford radiocarbon dating laboratory, Prof. Christopher Bronk Ramsey, admitted in 2008 that, "There is a lot of other evidence that suggests to many that the Shroud is older than the radiocarbon dates allow ..."[3] (Jones' emphasis). This is especially significant since Ramsey was a member of Oxford's team which dated the Shroud and as "C.R. Bronk" was a signatory to the 1989 Nature article.

To give one example among many, the Hungarian Pray Codex is dated

[Above (enlarge)[4]: An ink drawing in the Pray Codex depicting the entombment of Jesus (upper) and His resurrection (lower).]

1192-95[5], yet it contains ink drawings of Jesus which together have at least fourteen unusual features found only on the Shroud[6]. Yet at no later than 1195, they must be at least 65 years before the earliest 1260 carbon date of the Shroud!

Previous pro-Shroud explanation how the 1st century Shroud has a 13th-14th century radiocarbon date (e.g. carbon contamination, neutron flux, medieval repairs, bioplastic coating and sample switching) have all failed. The fact that after 30 years there are still many different pro-Shroud explanations shows that none of them explain how the 1st century Shroud's radiocarbon date was shifted 13-14 centuries into the future to the `bull's eye' date, 1325.

The laboratories have pointed out that the probability that the Shroud, being 1st century, has a 13th-14th century radiocarbon date, would be "astronomical"[7], "one in a thousand trillion"[8] and "totally impossible"[9].

But the flip side of this is that since the Shroud is 1st-century (according to the overwhelming weight of the evidence), it must be the radiocarbon date of 1260-1390 that is impossible!

Since chance is excluded as being astronomically improbable, the 1260-1390 radiocarbon date of the 1st century Shroud must have been the result of some kind of fraud.

However, the allegation by a minority of Shroudies that the British Museum's Dr Michael Tite switched a 13th century control sample for the Shroud sample is highly implausible. Not only did Tite think the Shroud was medieval, so he didn't need to switch its sample for a medieval one, the Shroud's distinctive weave would ensure that any substitution would be readily detected.

But there is a type of fraud which was rife in the 1980s and which the fully computerised AMS radiocarbon dating was vulnerable to, namely computer hacking.

In the early 1990s Jones was the System Administrator of a wide area network of hospital computers in rural Western Australia. He had read astronomer turned computer System Administrator Clifford Stoll's book, The Cuckoo's Egg, in which Stoll described how vulnerable to hacking, and had actually been hacked, university computer networks were in the 1980s. And the three carbon dating laboratories were then, and still are, at universities!

Stoll recounted how he helped catch a member of a KGB sponsored German hacking ring, Markus Hess, who had dialed in from Germany to Stoll's insecure Berkeley laboratory network. From there Hess and others in his ring had 'leapfrogged' to hack into over 100 poorly secured USA government and military computer networks.

In 2007 Jones read in the late David Sox's 1988 anti-Shroud book, The Shroud Unmasked, that the first radiocarbon dating of the Shroud on 6 May 1988 at Arizona AMS laboratory was fully computerised.

[Above: Arizona laboratory's team which had just dated the Shroud of Turin as "1350" on 6 May 1988[10]. The alleged hacker, Timothy W. Linick is in the black shirt standing prominently in the foreground. This shows that Linick must have been in charge of the AMS dating process and his laboratory leaders and colleagues were acknowledging that in this historic group photograph.]

It then occurred to Jones that a hacker could have installed a program on the three laboratories' identical AMS computers, that substituted their Shroud samples' 1st century dates for computer-generated 13th-14th century dates. The laboratory scientists viewing the results on their AMS computer screens would, except for the hacker, have been duped.

However Jones had only started his The Shroud of Turin blog in 2007, and had a lot to learn about the Shroud, so he assumed that one of the conventional pro-Shroud explanations must be correct.

In 2014 Jones began thinking again about his hacker explanation. He Googled "1989" and "hacker" and discovered that the burnt body of a German hacker, Karl Koch, had been found on or about 1 June 1989, at the edge of a forest outside Hanover, Germany. Koch had been in the same hacking ring as Markus Hess, and had a year before confessed to hacking for the KGB.

The West German police assumed that Koch had committed suicide by pouring petrol over himself and lighting a match. But suicide was impossible because it was summer and the surrounding vegetation was very dry, yet the petrol fire around Koch's body had been controlled within a tight circle, as with a fire extinguisher.

A burnt petrol can had been found nearby but nothing that could have extinguished the fire. It is self-evidently impossible that Koch could have controlled and extinguished with his bare hands the petrol fire which killed him!

Also Koch had no reason to commit suicide. He was in no danger of prosecution, having confessed his hacking for the KGB to the West German authorities and cooperated fully, earning an amnesty for espionage under West German law. Indeed the authorities had helped Koch find a job with the Christian Democratic Party and accommodation.

Koch had left his Hanover workplace on 23 May 1989 in his employer's car. The car was nearby, covered with dust and looking like it had been there for years. Koch had left work fully clothed but his shoes were never found.

Koch had no enemies and new friends. Only the KGB, or the East German Stasi on the KGB's behalf, would have had a reason to kill Koch, especially if his body was burned to hide evidence of a beating or torture.

Yet the KGB has never harmed the other two members of the hacking ring: Markus Hess and Heinrich Hübner, even though Hübner had also confessed his hacking for the KGB, and they did more valuable hacking for the Soviets than Koch had.

It is no embarrassment to the KGB if one of its hackers gets caught, or confesses to, hacking of the secrets of others. But it would be an embarrassment to the KGB if its own secrets (such as its hacking of the Shroud's carbon dating) were to be revealed by one of its hackers.

Jones then Googled the names of signatories to the Nature article. He found that Arizona laboratory physicist Timothy Linick had been found dead in Tucson, Arizona, of presumed suicide on 4 June 1989. That was less than 2 weeks after Koch's murder disguised as suicide.

[Right: Photograph of Linick in a 2000 article with the caption that, "He died at the age of forty-two on 4 June 1989, in very unclear circumstances ..." (Jones' emphasis)[11].]

Jones later learned that the West German police had publicly announced that the charred body was Koch's on 3 June 1989, only one day before Linick's dead body was found!

Jones also later learned from Linick's older half-brother Anthony that Linick had died of gunshot and there was no suicide note.

The Arizona police assumed that Linick's death was suicide. But as with Koch, there seemed to be no reason for Linick to kill himself. Less than four months after the Nature article he would still be basking in the glow of his laboratory's success.

It is Jones' theory that Timothy Linick wrote a program which, when installed on an AMS computer, substituted Shroud sample dates for computer-generated dates, which when combined and averaged across the three laboratories, returned a date plausibly before 1355.

And that since the AMS computers were never online, according to Arizona's Dr. Jull and Oxford's Prof. Ramsey, Linick had offered his program for money to the KGB to be installed by one of their hackers on Zurich and Oxford's identical AMS computers.

And that the KGB had accepted Linick's offer and used their hacker Karl Koch, who was an expert in hacking the same DEC computers that the three laboratories' AMS computers were.

The Soviet's motive to discredit the Shroud was, according to Jones, that despite over 70 years of official atheism, the Soviet Union still contained many millions of Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians whose traditions held that the Shroud was authentic.

In 1988 the Soviet Union was on brink of collapse, and it did collapse in November 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall. A 1st century radiocarbon date of the Shroud would have been seen by the Soviets as a major threat to its crumbling empire. So the KGB would have eagerly accepted Linick's offer of a guaranteed early 14th century radiocarbon date of the Shroud.

Linick was quoted being against the Shroud in Sox's previously mentioned August 1988 book, which was ready for publication while Oxford's dating was still ongoing. While Sox did not reveal in the book that Arizona's first date was "1350," he later admitted that he knew the date and that he was the leaker of it to the English news media.

The late Professor Harry Gove, a co-inventor of AMS radiocarbon dating and the unofficial leader of the laboratories, concluded that the leaked "1350" date had to have come from someone who was present at Arizona's first dating, as Linick was. But Sox, who lived in London, was not.

Therefore, by Occam's Razor (the simplest explanation which accounts for the evidence, is to be preferred), Linick had breached the agreement that he, along with all others present at Arizona's first dating had signed, not to communicate the results to anyone, by revealing it to Sox.

Linick's half-brother Anthony had worked with Sox at the American School in London for about 13 years from 1982-1995, which included 1988, so presumably he put Linick in touch with Sox, or vice-versa.

Even if Linick had been asked by his laboratory leaders to explain his communication with Sox, that was ten months earlier, so it cannot explain Linick's presumed suicide.

Linick could have explained that Sox had contacted him through his half-brother Anthony, who worked with Sox, and that he did not tell Sox the result of Arizona's first dating. Linick could have claimed that the "1350" date must have been a lucky guess by Sox, which was what Sox had originally claimed. Linick had kept his job at Arizona laboratory, so his explanation was evidently accepted.

Linick's leak of Arizona's first "1350" date via Sox, while the dating was still ongoing, helped to create a climate of expectation that the Shroud's date was going to be medieval, so that Linick's `bull's eye' midpoint date of 1325 would be accepted by the laboratories without question.

Following the announcement on 13 October 1988 that the Shroud had a radiocarbon date of "1260-1390," on 16 February 1989 the science journal Nature confirmed that three AMS laboratories at Arizona, Zurich and Oxford had carbon-dated the Shroud as "mediaeval ... 1260-1390".

However, there is a fatal error in the Nature article which shows the dates were not real but computer-generated. The article admitted that across the three laboratories, the control samples all closely agreed with each other, but the Shroud samples unexpectedly varied widely.

But this is impossible since the AMS system is designed so that if anything went wrong, the controls and test sample (in this case the Shroud) at a laboratory would wrongly agree with each other and disagree with the control and Shroud samples at the other laboratories.

Koch, a recovering drug addict, had become a Christian and after the Nature was published in February 1989, had evidently started talking about his hacking of the Shroud's dating.

In April 1989, a well-known American pro-Shroud author (who wishes to remain anonymous), received a late night phone call from a distraught male with a German accent who confessed to have committed "espionage" against the Shroud.

The caller would not give his name, but he must have been Koch because "espionage" was the very crime that Koch and the other members of the German hacking ring had confessed to!

Jones' Shroud radiocarbon dating hacker theory has been dismissed by some as a "conspiracy theory," with all its present-day negative connotations. And Jones admits that it is a theory that Linick conspired with the KGB to make it appear that the first-century Shroud originated just before its first undisputed historical appearance in 1355.

But the mere label "conspiracy theory" says nothing about whether that theory is true. The claim that President Nixon's White House was behind the 1972 burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington DC's Watergate building was initially dismissed as a "conspiracy theory," but it turned out to be true. If all conspiracy theories were automatically false, that would mean there was no such thing as conspiracies, even by the KGB!

Moreover as Jones points out, his theory is not necessarily a conspiracy theory, since Linick could have acted alone. For example Linick could have flown over to Zurich and Oxford and installed his program on their computers himself. Or he could have sent his program to his counterparts in the other laboratories as an "update" to be installed by them on their respective AMS computer.

Jones included Karl Koch and the KGB in his theory because of the striking coincidence of Koch's inexplicable murder made to look like suicide, and Linick's assumed suicide, within days of each other.

Jones maintains that his hacking theory is the only viable explanation to date of how the 1st-century Shroud had a radiocarbon date of 1325.

But Jones does concede that the evidence for his theory is only circumstantial and that absent an unlikely confession or tip-off by someone in a position to know (e.g. a laboratory scientist, a fellow hacker, or an ex-KGB officer), his theory may never be proved true.

However if his theory is true, Jones presumes that there must be some out there who know what happened, so he is hopeful that at least one of them will come forward with information that confirms his theory is true.


See online this simplified version of this media release and the fully referenced version for more photographs and source citations. Inquiries from news outlets can be made in the comments section under this post. If a return email address is supplied I will reply via it.

Stephen E. Jones
The Shroud of Turin blog.

Notes
1. Wilson, I., 1998, "The Blood and the Shroud: New Evidence that the World's Most Sacred Relic is Real," Simon & Schuster: New York NY, plate 4. [return]
2. Damon, P.E., et al., 1989, "Radiocarbon Dating of the Shroud of Turin," Nature, Vol. 337, 16 February, pp.611-615, 611. https://goo.gl/IlnBir [return]
3. Ramsey, C.B., 2008, "The Shroud of Turin," Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, March. Last modified 17 July 2009. https://goo.gl/aJShW1 [return]
4. "File:Hungarianpraymanuscript1192-1195.jpg," Wikimedia Commons, 22 February 2015. https://goo.gl/HzGQmR. [return]
5. "Pray Codex," Wikipedia, 1 September 2018. https://goo.gl/5Zwnx3. [return]
6. Jones, S.E., 2018, "Open letter to Professor Christopher Ramsey," The Shroud of Turin blog, October 4. https://goo.gl/Rg26ww. [return]
7. Wilson, 1998, p.7. [return]
8. Gove, H.E., 1996, "Relic, Icon or Hoax?: Carbon Dating the Turin Shroud," Institute of Physics Publishing: Bristol UK, p.303. [return]
9. Currer-Briggs, N., 1995, "Shroud Mafia: The Creation of a Relic?," Book Guild: Sussex UK, p.115. [return]
10. Gove, 1996, p.176H. [return]
11. Bonnet-Eymard, B., 2000, "The Holy Shroud is as Old as the Risen Jesus," The Catholic Counter-Reformation in the XXth Century. https://goo.gl/Uk6P2D. [return]

Posted: 28 October 2018. Updated: 17 November 2018.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Date index 2016: The Shroud of Turin blog

The Shroud of Turin blog
DATE INDEX 2016
© Stephen E. Jones
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This is my date index to my 2016 posts on this my The Shroud of Turin blog. For further information on this date index series see the Main Date Index.

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2016

[Above (enlarge): Part of a larger fresco in the catacomb of Saints Marcellinus and Peter (both died in 304), Via Labicana, Rome, Italy, 4th century"[2]. This is, as far as I know, the oldest surviving Shroud-like image. It proves, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the Shroud existed in at least the 4th century! This is from my post of 04-Oct-16]

22-Dec-16: Negative #19: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
07-Dec-16: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Sixth century
06-Dec-16: "Life in the post-truth age," Shroud of Turin News, November 2016
05-Dec-16: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, November 2016
22-Nov-16: The 1260-1390 radiocarbon date of the Turin Shroud was the result of a computer hacking #11
11-Nov-16: Superficial #18: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
10-Nov-16: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Fifth century
03-Nov-16: "Did you ask radiocarbon dating experts their opinion on this?"
02-Nov-16: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, October 2016
29-Oct-16: Non-directional #17: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
24-Oct-16: My radiocarbon dating hacker theory mentioned in Joe Marino's "The Politics of Radiocarbon Dating"!
08-Oct-16: "The Shroud of Turin as the Burial Cloth of Jesus - Answers for Critics," Shroud of Turin News, September 2016
04-Oct-16: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Fourth century
03-Oct-16: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, September 2016
15-Sep-16: The 1260-1390 radiocarbon date of the Turin Shroud was the result of a computer hacking #10
13-Sep-16: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Third century
05-Sep-16: No style #16: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
03-Sep-16: How my radiocarbon dating hacker theory started
01-Sep-16: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, August 2016
30-Aug-16: Jones, Stephen E.
07-Aug-16: Medieval photography: Nicholas Allen
07-Aug-16: The Shroud of Turin blog topics "M"
05-Aug-16: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Second century
04-Aug-16: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, July 2016
30-Jul-16: The 1260-1390 radiocarbon date of the Turin Shroud was the result of a computer hacking #9
26-Jul-16: "5 minutes with ... The earliest painted representation of the Turin Shroud," Shroud of Turin News, June 2016
24-Jul-16: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: AD 30 - present: 1st century and index
11-Jul-16: No paint, etc. #15: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
10-Jul-16: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, June 2016
30-Jun-16: The Shroud of Turin blog topics "L"
24-Jun-16: "New Study: The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo Covered the Same Person," Shroud of Turin News, May 2016
23-Jun-16: The Shroud of Turin blog topics "E"
22-Jun-16: The Shroud of Turin blog topics "N"
21-Jun-16: The Shroud of Turin blog topics "C"
20-Jun-16: The Shroud of Turin blog topics "J"
19-Jun-16: The Shroud of Turin blog topics Index "A-Z"
18-Jun-16: Problems of the Turin Shroud forgery theory: Index S-Z
10-Jun-16: No outline #14: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
02-Jun-16: The 1260-1390 radiocarbon date of the Turin Shroud was the result of a computer hacking #8
01-Jun-16: "Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, May 2016
25-May-16: "The Shroud of Oviedo: A Legendary Cloth Connected to the Death of Jesus": Shroud of Turin News - April 2016
19-May-16: "Has Science Proven the Shroud of Turin to Be a Medieval Forgery?" (2): Shroud of Turin News - April 2016
07-May-16: "Has Science Proven the Shroud of Turin to Be a Medieval Forgery?" (1): Shroud of Turin News - April 2016
06-May-16: Editorial and Contents: Shroud of Turin News - April 2016
25-Apr-16: My review of "The Keramion, Lost and Found: A Journey to the Face of God" (2016) by Philip E. Dayvault
13-Apr-16: Non-traditional #13: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic
04-Apr-16: "Modern-day 'Indiana Jones' links Shroud to 1st century": Shroud of Turin News - March 2016
03-Apr-16: "The Shroud of Turin": Shroud of Turin News - March 2016
02-Apr-16: Problems of the Turin Shroud forgery theory: Index G-M
01-Apr-16: Editorial and Contents: Shroud of Turin News - March 2016
29-Mar-16: The 1260-1390 radiocarbon date of the Turin Shroud was the result of a computer hacking #7
23-Mar-16: Colour #12: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
18-Mar-16: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: 31-176
13-Mar-16: "Phil Dayvault Presents Major New Evidence from Early Christianity": Shroud of Turin News - February 2016
08-Mar-16: Faint #11: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
07-Mar-16: Editorial and Contents: Shroud of Turin News - February 2016
06-Mar-16: Problems of the Turin Shroud forgery theory: Index N-R
22-Feb-16: The 1260-1390 radiocarbon date of the Turin Shroud was the result of a computer hacking #6
21-Feb-16: From Joe Marino: Some recent articles
15-Feb-16: "Is The Shroud Of Turin Genuine?": Shroud of Turin News, January 2016
14-Feb-16: "'Shroud Encounter' coming to Bradenton big screen Jan. 14": Shroud of Turin News - January 2016
12-Feb-16: Editorial and Contents: Shroud of Turin News - January 2016
21-Jan-16: Chronology of the Turin Shroud: AD 30
20-Jan-16: Problems of the Turin Shroud forgery theory: Index A-M
19-Jan-16: Summary of evidence that Timothy W. Linick was the leaker of Arizona's first "1350" date
13-Jan-16: Double image #10: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!
05-Jan-16: Shroud of Turin News - December 2015


Notes
1. This post is copyright. I grant permission to quote from any part of it (but not the whole post), provided it includes a reference citing my name, its subject heading, its date, and a hyperlink back to this page. [return]
2. "File:ChristPeterPaul detail.jpg," Wikimedia, 16 July 2018. [return]

Posted: 26 October 2018. Updated: 8 November 2018.