Carbon dating on the shroud of turin

John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, the Catholic Church makes no claims about its authenticity.ROME (Reuters) - A new high-tech forensic study of the blood flows on the Shroud of Turin, the mysterious linen some Christians believe is Jesus’ burial cloth, is the latest analysis to suggest that it is most likely a mediaeval fake."If we are dealing with the burial cloth of Christ, it is the witness to the birth of Christianity.

The professor argues that carbon monoxide contaminating the shroud could have distorted its radiocarbon dating results by more than 1,000 years.

Jackson must prove a viable pathway for carbon monoxide contamination.

He is working with Oxford to test linen samples subjected to various conditions the shroud has experienced, including outdoor exhibitions and exposure to extreme heat during a fire in 1532.

The Roman Catholic Church has not taken an official position on the authenticity of cloth, which bears an image, reversed like a photographic negative, of a man with the wounds of a crucifixion.

It shows the back and front of a bearded man, his arms crossed on his chest.

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