Shroud of turin carbon dating wrong
Some of Zugibe’s medical views differ sharply with those of Pierre Barbet, a famous mid-20th century Shroud researcher, such as insisting that Christ’s death was not due to asphyxiation, but rather to “cardiac and respiratory arrest, due to hypovolemic and traumatic shock, due to crucifixion.” The numerous summaries (and brief analyses) of the theories of Christ’s death, image formation mechanisms, and reasons for the 1988 C14 dating anomalies are particularly helpful.
The 1988 radiocarbon test continues to be the hottest issue among many Shroud watchers.
His conclusion that the Shroud of Turin “is the very piece of linen described in the biblical accounts as being used to enfold the body of Christ”(1) was surprisingly gutsy for a secular journal with a largely secular audience.
It also brought him an invitation to participate in the C14 planning occurring in the mid 1980s.
A powerful earthquake could achieve the same effect, generating neutron radiation from stresses in the Earth, it is claimed.
Mark Antonacci, a leading expert on the Shroud and president of the Resurrection of the Shroud Foundation, is currently petitioning Pope Francis to allow molecular analysis of the cloth using the latest technology.
Zugibe gives a good summary of current opinions, but William Meacham, a professional archaeologist working in Hong Kong, recently (November, 2005) produced the most informative view.
Rogers does not believe any “miracles” were involved, but admits the cloth probably did wrap a corpse. Meanwhile, critics continue to propose that some kind of late medieval photographic process, not documented anywhere, could have been used to produce the image.
The Shroud has attracted widespread interest ever since Secondo Pia took the first photograph of it in 1898 which showed details which could not be seen by the naked eye.
Last year scientists at the University of Padua in northern Italy dated it to between 300BC and AD400 – still hundreds of years after Christ, who is believed to have died between 30-36AD.
An issue ranking a close second in interest is image formation theory.
How was the image made and of what does it really consist?