The Shroud of Turin

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Abstract

The Shroud of Turin, which bears the image of a full-length male body, venerated for 500 years as the burial shroud of Christ, has been studied with various forensic analytical techniques, including microscopic study of pollen and linen fibers and computer photoanalysis, in attempts to determine the nature and construction on the artifact and image. Later this year, scientists hope to use carbon-14 dating, reflection x-ray fluorescence, photography at different wavelengths, x-radiography, infrared thermography, and ion microprobe tests for organic and inorganic elements and micro Raman spectroscopy to obtain more information on its construction, age, and authenticity, although the identity of the man who was wrapped in the shroud will still be unconfirmed. LB - G5 LB - Textile fibers and dyes

Author-supplied keywords

  • Shroud of Turin
  • authentication
  • dating
  • forensic science
  • nondestructive testing
  • textiles

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