Radiocarbon dating controversy
Twenty years later, Jackson, 62, is getting his chance to challenge the radiocarbon dating.Oxford University, which participated in the original radiocarbon testing, has agreed to work with him in reconsidering the age of the shroud.Their shared interest in the shroud led to a relationship between the soft-spoken academic and the effusive woman, and her religious conversion followed.
Together, the two have committed to memory every crease, scorch mark and unexplained stain in their years-long pursuit of the mystery: Is the Shroud of Turin — which allegedly bears the image of a crucifixion victim — the burial cloth of Jesus?
“It’s like we’re on an archaeological expedition that’s not finished.
I’m not sure we’ll ever be truly finished,” he said.
At a conference sponsored by the Shroud Science Group at Ohio State University this weekend, the Los Alamos National Laboratory presented findings that the 1988 test results were flawed because the samples tested came from a portion of cloth that may have been added to the shroud during medieval repairs.
The shroud’s historical record dates back to 1349, when a French knight wrote to the pope of his possession of a cloth he described as the burial shroud of Christ.It’s not fitting properly, and the question is why,” he said.