Italian scientist are claiming a supernatural event may have caused the image on the shroud of Turin, the robe some believe to have been the garment Jesus was buried in after the crucifixion.
By scorching similar material with an ultra-violet laser, the team was able to create a similar design. They believe this disproves at least part of the theory set in place my many that the shroud itself was nothing but a medieval hoax. The scientist from National Agency for New Technology, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, are claiming the technology was, “far beyond the capabilities of medieval foragers”.
“The results show that a short and intense burst of UV directional radiation can color a linen cloth so as to reproduce many of the particular characteristics of the body image on the shroud”. The team at Enea also told The Independent, “this degree of power cannot be reproduced by any normal UV source built to date.”
Luigi Garlaschelli, professor of chemistry at Pavia University stated; “The implications are…that the image was formed by a burst of UV energy so intense it could only have been supernatural. But I don’t think they’ve done any such thing.”
Still, one should remember that this doesn’t prove that the shroud contained the body of a human deity. In fact, it’s pretty well established that the artefact isn’t nearly old enough to have been around during the crucifixion. The last tests concluded that the object is merely 800 years old.
Professor Christopher Ramsey of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, one of three labs which carried out the initial dating research, told The Telegraph, “we’re pretty confident in the radiocarbon dates. There are various hypotheses as to why the dates might not be correct, but none of them stack up.”
So there you have it. The shroud may not have belonged to Christ, but it turns out that the strange sheet might still have reason to remain controversial.