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Italian scientists says Holy Shroud dating inaccurate

2009-05-26

Italian scientists, however, are now debunking that this idea, claiming that the dating test did not work and that the laboratory hid errors.

Vatican insider Marco Tossati has repeated vital calculations and says that the original test was not valid.

Marco Tossati
Author, “Investigation of the Holy Shroud”

"The labs didn’t publish very many details. And it was evident that the ones they did publish had an error. It sounds like a small mistake, but it’s huge, because it means that the margin of trust of the entire test is well below the minimum that the laboratories stated."

The original carbon 14 test was performed in three parts by three separate laboratories that each tested on an eight centimeter piece cut from the shroud.

The discrepancy came when all three laboratories reported different results.

Marco Tossati
Author, “Investigation of the Holy Shroud”

"We’re not talking about religion. We’re talking about numbers that don’t leave room for discussion. The numbers are what they are. The test was not trustworthy, and they should explain why this is the case. They ended up with discrepancies that render the test invalid."

Scientists don’t consider carbon-14 dating a perfect science and when used it’s usually tested against other methods. But it was a small detail that gave way to a discrepancy that, evidently, all three labs knew about.

Marco Tossati
Author, “Investigation of the Holy Shroud”

"These same laboratories have had faulty results in the past. They said the tablecloth of one of the scientists mother-in-laws was 300 years old. Or that the bones of a mummy from Ibis dated from 1,500 years before Christ, and the cloth on her body from 200 years after Christ."

Until now, the carbon-14 test was the only method that rendered the Holy Shroud a fabrication. All other tests pointed the other way, suggesting the shroud was the original cloth that wrapped the body of Christ.

That’s why Marco Tossati and others are calling for new tests to determine the truth behind this historical piece of cloth that remains timeless.

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