Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Turin shroud 'older than thought'

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Turin shroud 'older than thought' (link opens in a new window):
"The Shroud of Turin is much older than suggested by radiocarbon dating carried out in the 1980s, according to a new study in a peer-reviewed journal.

A research paper published in Thermochimica Acta suggests the shroud is between 1,300 and 3,000 years old.

The author dismisses 1988 carbon dating tests which concluded that the linen sheet was a medieval fake.

The shroud, which bears the faint image of a blood-covered man, is believed by some to be Christ's burial cloth."
I am just a bit wondering about the link to this story in the BBC main page. The story says that "the shroud is between 1,300 and 3,000 years old;" however, the link says:
" Turin Shroud could be up to 3,000 years old, scientist says."
Knowing that those who "believe it's Christ's burial cloth" would claim its age is 1970 years, I am wondering whether the "up to 3,000 years old" may be biased toward diluting the believers' claim.

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