Shroud of Turn Recreated by Italian Scientists

According to a story by the Associated Press, an Italian group is claiming to have successfully recreated the Shroud of Turin.

The research was funded by an Italian "debunking group" of atheists and agnostics, the story reads. The group's website,, (translated loosely as "Italian Control Committee for Claims of the Paranormal") has the story in Italian, so I'll leave it up to you to look that AP version or use a translator on the website, unless you know Italian. (I don't want to use an automatic on-line translator to produce quotes here from their website. They might not be accurate.)

However, the AP story says the research "team used a linen woven with the same technique as the shroud and artificially aged by heating it in an oven and washing it with water. The cloth was then placed on a student, who wore a mask to reproduce the face, and rubbed with red ochre, a well known pigment at the time. The entire process took a week."

The Catholic Church, which owns the Shroud of Turin, has said in the past that it makes no claims about the relic's authenticity, but adds that it can be used as a symbol by followers of suffering of Jesus.

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Comment by Doug Reardon on October 5, 2009 at 7:03pm
That's always been the church's attitude. Let the laity have their myths and stories, they aren't capable of understanding the real truth, anyway.
Comment by Gaytor on October 6, 2009 at 12:30am
The carbon dating on the shroud shows it to be from the 13th or 14th century. One of the claims is that it (the carbon) was from a fire. They should make another one out of older linen and expose it to a similar amount of smoke to show that the carbon from the fire won't show a contemporary date.

Let us get a hold of the nails that held Jesus or the wood splinters from the cross too. I wish that I could hear the inner monologue of a fundie when the realization settles in on issues like this.
Comment by Rosemarie Karen on May 26, 2012 at 1:16pm

If the shroud of Turin was wrapped around the body of Christ (or any body) why is the image on the cloth appear flat?  Our bodies are 3 dimensional and so the placing of the ears and eyes -as one example- would be farther apart on the shroud and would not appear as a one demensional painting.  Does anyone have any thoughts about this?


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