Saturday, January 29, 2005

Turin Shroud may be 3000 years old

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "A chemist who worked on testing of the Shroud of Turin says new analysis of the fiber indicates the cloth that some say was the burial linen of Jesus could be up to 3,000 years old.

The analysis, by a scientist who was on the original 1978 team that was allowed to study tiny pieces of the cloth, indicates the shroud is far older than the initial findings suggesting it was probably from medieval times, and will likely be seized on by those who believe it wrapped the body of Jesus after his crucifixion.

'I cannot disprove that this cloth was the burial shroud that was used on Jesus,' Raymond N. Rogers, a retired chemist from the University of California-operated Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, said in a telephone interview Friday from his home.

'The chemistry says it was a real shroud, the blood spots on it are real blood, and the technology that was used to make that piece of cloth was exactly what Pliny the Elder reported fort his time,' about 70 A.D., Rogers said, referring to the naturalist of ancient Roman times."


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