Shroud of turin carbon dating problems
Rogers also claimed in an interview that he’d come close to proving the shroud was real. Here’s what we think we currently know: The Shroud of Turin once covered the bloodied corpse of a crucified man.
The image on the shroud was created by a still unidentified process. From pollen and flower tests, we also know the shroud was once in or very near to Jerusalem.
Even as stubborn as I can be when it comes to accepting “facts” when other people have told them to me, I must concede that when multiple independent tests have reached the same conclusion, it is almost always because they invariably have gotten the answers.
It should be noted that the key word in the sentence above is “almost.” As part of the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) three different laboratories in Zurich, Oxford, and Tucson performed independent carbon dating tests.
Instead, Rogers found powerful evidence suggesting Benford and Marino had been absolutely correct in saying the material for the original carbon dating tests had been taken from a contaminated section of the shroud, identifying cotton fibers in the sample not found in the rest of the shroud.
He proposed testing the scorch marks on the shroud for more accurate carbon dating.
But then a pair of amateur detectives/scientists named Joe Marino and Sue Bedford published a peer-reviewed research paper suggesting that the carbon dating test results for the Shroud of Turin were incorrect — not because the tests were flawed, but because the sample itself was flawed.
Bedford and Marino claimed that the sample that was carbon-dated came from a section of the shroud that had been expertly repaired to be undetectable by the naked eye.
Here’s what we should acknowledge that cannot ever be proved: The shroud temporarily covered the mortal remains of Jesus the Christ while He was in the tomb prior to His resurrection.The summary of conclusions reached by the STURP team included this statement: We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin.The image is an ongoing mystery and until further chemical studies are made, perhaps by this group of scientists, or perhaps by some scientists in the future, the problem remains unsolved.The new tests have recently been performed, putting the shroud in the right time frame so that it could be authentic.Shortly before dying of cancer, Ray Rogers published a paper refuting the earlier carbon dating results from the tests performed in 1988, on the basis the sample was flawed.