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Published on March 29th, 2013 | by No Artificial

Shroud of Turin Dates to Jesus’ Era

The latest research conducted at Italy’s University of Padua suggests that the linen sheet believed by some to be Christ’s burial cloth dates back to Jesus’ lifetime.

The 14-foot-long cloth bearing the image of a man with wounds identical to those suffered by Christ was investigated by researchers at Italy’s University of Padua.

Giulio Fanti, associate professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at Padua University, states tests had shown that the Shroud of Turin dates from between 280BC and 220AD.

Fanti has written several papers about the shroud, like one in 2011 that hypothesized how radiation could have caused the image of a man’s bloody face and body to appear on the cloth.

In his most recent research, Fanti and a his team performed three tests on tiny fibers extracted from the shroud during earlier carbon-14 dating tests conducted in 1988. The first two tests used infrared light and Raman spectroscopy, respectively, while the third employed a test analyzing different mechanical parameters relating to voltage.

Fanti says that the carbon-14 dating used in a landmark study in 1988 was “not statistically reliable”. That study claimed that the shroud actually dated from the Middle Ages.

The Vatican does not have a position on its authenticity. The previous pope wrote that the shroud was “a truly mysterious image, which no human artistry was capable of producing”.

Fanti’s findings are detailed in a new book, Il Mistero della Sindone (The Mystery of the Shroud), written by him and journalist Saverio Gaeta.

The Shroud of Turin came from Europe and made between 1260 and 1390, according to a scientific study in 1988. It usually resides in a climate-controlled case in a cathedral in Turin, Italy, and is rarely viewed. However, it will make a rare televised appearance on Easter Saturday as a new claim that the linen cloth dates from ancient times proves its enduring capability to amaze and perplex.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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