Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Was radiocarbon dated 1260-1390: The Shroud of Turin: The Burial Sheet of Jesus! #17

The Shroud of Turin: The Burial Sheet of Jesus!
© Stephen E. Jones

This is, "Was radiocarbon dated 1260-1390," being part #17 of my online book, "The Shroud of Turin: The Burial Sheet of Jesus!" For more information see the Cover #1, Contents #2 and Preface #3, of this series.

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  1. What is the Shroud of Turin? #8
    1. Was radiocarbon dated 1260-1390 #17
On 13 October 1988 at a press conference in the British Museum, and simultaneously in Turin, it was announced that the Shroud had been radiocarbon dated "1260-1390"[2].

[Right (enlarge): From left to right, Prof. E. Hall (Oxford), Dr M. Tite (British Museum) and Dr R. Hedges (Oxford) announcing on 13 October 1988 in the British Museum that the Shroud of Turin had been radiocarbon dated "1260-1390!"[3].]

This was followed on 16 February 1989 by an article, "Radiocarbon Dating of the Shroud of Turin," in the leading scientific journal Nature, which claimed: "The results provide conclusive evidence that the linen of the Shroud of Turin is mediaeval ... AD 1260-1390 ..."[4].

But as we shall see, this claim that the flax from which the Shroud's linen was woven had been harvested[5] between 1260 and 1390, is not only false, but fraudulent!

Continued in part #18 of this series.

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. Wilson, I., 2010, "The Shroud: The 2000-Year-Old Mystery Solved," Bantam Press: London, p.89. [return]
3. 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 3b. [return]
4. Damon, P.E., et al., 1989, "Radiocarbon Dating of the Shroud of Turin," Nature, Vol. 337, 16 February, pp.611-615, 611. [return]
5. Gove, H.E., 1996, "Relic, Icon or Hoax?: Carbon Dating the Turin Shroud," Institute of Physics Publishing: Bristol UK, pp.7, 264, 301. [return]

Posted: 14 July 2020. Updated: 18 April 2021.

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