Carbon dating shroud of turin
He found madder root dye, an organic gum and aluminum presumably as the dying mordant alum.He found splices dyed so that newer thread appeared as yellowed by age as older thread.In 1532, there was a fire in the church in Chambery, France, where the Shroud was being kept.Part of the metal storage case melted and fell on the cloth, leaving burns, and efforts to extinguish the fire left water stains. In 1534, nuns sewed patches over the fire-damaged areas and attached a full-size support cloth to the back of the Shroud. The Shroud was moved to Turin in 1578, where it remains to this day.In 2002, a team of experts did restoration work, such as removing the patches from 1534 and replacing the backing cloth.One of the specialists was Swiss textile historian Mechthild Flury-Lemberg.These dimensions correlate with ancient measurements of 2 cubits x 8 cubits - consistent with loom technology of the period.The finer weave of 3-over-1 herringbone is consistent with the New Testament statement that the "sindon" (or shroud) was purchased by Joseph of Arimathea, who was a wealthy man.
Rogers had previously accepted the 1988 carbon dating but had revised his views.
It would have been nice if some of that time, energy and money could have been put in another multi-disciplinary study.
We now have Barberis saying another C-14 test should be done. Louis conference, there is a lot of debate among researchers whether it should be done.
I know the Pope has a lot of things on his plate but if Popes and Archbishops are giving lip service to research/new testing, he really needs to reevaluate the role of the Shroud in the church.
If new testing did not disprove the authenticity, it could bring a lot more people to Christianity.