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Shroud of turin carbon dating rewoven sample

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A January 20, article in the scholarly, peer-reviewed scientific journal Thermochimica Acta Volumepagesby Raymond N. In fact, the Shroud is much older than the carbon 14 tests suggested.

Photomicrograph of fibers from middle of carbon 14 sample. It is chemically unlike the rest of the shroud. That is a problem. For those who after continued to believe that the Shroud was the genuine burial cloth of Jesus, a winter of ridicule and doubts has ended. For all who use carbon 14 dating to study all manner of ancient objects, a period of careful reassessment is just beginning.

There are, in understanding what went wrong, important lessons that will ripple through archeology, anthropology, forensics and science lecture halls whenever and wherever carbon 14 dating is discussed. Students will ask why a single sample from a suspect corner was used. The will ask why documented data was not considered. They will talk about the clues of material intrusion that were simply ignored.

Material intrusion is well known in the application of carbon 14 dating. A classic example is to be found in the dating of peat bogs. Very old bogs often contain miniscule roots from newer plants that grew in the peat. The roots of these plants, sometimes having decomposed, are nearly indistinguishable from the older peat. What ends up being tested is a mixture of old and Shroud of turin carbon dating rewoven sample material which produces an average, meaningless carbon 14 age.

No one seemed to consider, inthat material intrusion might be a serious problem with the Shroud of Turin carbon 14 dating even though clues were there. Photomicrograph of fibers from the center of Shroud of turin carbon dating rewoven sample radiocarbon sample in water.

Gum material is swelling and detaching from fibers.

Chemical tests show that dye is yellow alizarin from madder root complexed with alum, a common mordant. Several cotton fibers are also visible. Cotton, alizarin and gum are only found in the C14 sample area of the shroud. The carbon 14 dating failure will not be ignored; for how does one ignore such a famous example. It should not be ignored because of the lessons to be learned. It should not be ignored when journalists and authors write about carbon 14 dating.

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