If you haven’t visited the Wikipedia article on the Shroud of Turin lately, it is worth looking at. Not that I agree with all if it, I don’t. It is still very much a work in progress. One indication is that the number of references has grown to 153 and that is after carbon dating of the shroud was moved to its own article page.
It is also worth reading the Discussions tab. There is significant discussion of SSG. (I didn’t know Giulio Fanti was the president.)
I long ago stopped trying to edit this article but jumped in lately to help block Vinny Pop and his off the wall stuff from being included.
Here is a tidbit called Recent developments on the main page:
- In 2009, Barbara Frale, a researcher in the Vatican Secret Archives, published two books on the Shroud of Turin. She thinks that the shroud had been kept by the Templars after 1204 and that it is possible to read on the image the burial certificate of Jesus the Nazarene, or Jesus of Nazareth, imprinted in fragments of Greek, Hebrew and Latin writing. Her methodology has been criticized.
- On October 5, 2009, Luigi Garlaschelli, professor of organic chemistry at the University of Pavia, announced that he had made a full size reproduction of the Shroud of Turin using only medieval technologies. Garlaschelli placed a linen sheet over a volunteer and then rubbed it with an acidic pigment. The shroud was then aged in an oven before being washed to remove the pigment. He then added blood stains, scorches and water stains to replicate the original. But according to Giulio Fanti, professor of mechanical and thermic measurements at the University of Padua, "the technique itself seems unable to produce an image having the most critical Turin Shroud image characteristics".
- In 2010, professors of statistics Marco Riani and Anthony C. Atkinson wrote in a scientific paper that the statistical analysis of the raw dates obtained from the three laboratories for the radiocarbon test suggests the presence of an important contamination in the samples.
- A team of graphic artists tried to recreate the real face of Jesus in a special two-hour documentary on the History Channel broadcast for the first time in March 2010. The image was made by taking information and blood encoded on the Turin Shroud and transforming it into a 3D image.
- The Shroud was placed back on public display (the 18th time in its history) in Turin from 10 April to 23 May 2010. According to Church officials, more than 2 million visitors came to see the Shroud.
- In December 2010 Professor Timothy Jull, editor of Radiocarbon, coauthored an article with a textile expert in this peer-reviewed journal. They analyzed an unknown sample of 1988 and concluded that they found no evidence of a repair. However this article was strongly criticized and even by traditional skeptics.