Carbon 14 dating of shroud of turin
What ends up being tested is a mixture of old and new material which produces an average, meaningless carbon 14 age.No one seemed to consider, in 1988, that material intrusion might be a serious problem with the Shroud of Turin carbon 14 dating even though clues were there.Professor Christopher Ramsey, head of the Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, has agreed to test Jackson’s hypothesis.Ramsey said that other forensic and historical evidence indicates the shroud is much older than radiocarbon dating results initially indicated."Science still has much to tell us about the shroud," said Jackson, a devout Catholic who heads the Colorado Springs-based Shroud of Turin Center."If we are dealing with the burial cloth of Christ, it is the witness to the birth of Christianity.In fact, the Shroud is much older than the carbon 14 tests suggested. No matter what any one of us may believe about the Shroud’s authenticity, we can no longer say that carbon 14 dating proves medieval origins; for the tests in 1988 were botched.Photomicrograph of fibers from middle of carbon 14 sample. For those who after 1988 continued to believe that the Shroud was the genuine burial cloth of Jesus, a winter of ridicule and doubts has ended.
The Shroud of Turin bears faint brown discolorations that form the negative image of a man.
Students will ask why a single sample from a suspect corner was used.
They will wonder why protestations from experts in the Shroud’s chemistry were ignored.
In 1988, Carbon-14 findings from three Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (AMS) Labs independently dated a sample removed from the Shroud of Turin: unarguably the most widely studied linen cloth in history.
.- A physics professor has persuaded an Oxford laboratory to revisit the question of the age of the Shroud of Turin, the reputed burial shroud of Jesus Christ.