When I stopped blogging about the Shroud of Turin in December of 2015, I thought it was for good. For seven years I blogged almost every day. In that time I made over 4,000 postings. I was burned out. Completely burned out. I resolved to avoid discussions, papers, books and conferences about the Shroud, at least for a while. One technique I adopted was to use email filters. The problem with filters is that they thoughtlessly and unceremoniously toss most emails having anything to do with the Shroud into the trash. It may have been rude, but it worked. The problem was that Joe, who I think of as a friend, wrote a paper in late 2020 that I would have liked to have read. I didn’t know about it.
Now I’m back, at least for awhile, so I have opened the slough. Here comes the flood!
Academia.edu has a wonderful way of trying to catch you up. Today, they tossed a paper over the e-transom. Had I read, “Have There Been Multiple Secret C-14 Tests on the Shroud of Turin?” by Joe Marino, their computer wanted to know? According to a link-reference at shroud.com, it was uploaded October 12, 2020.
No, I had not read it. Now, I have. It’s good. I recommend it.
Here is a bit of a summary fair-use lifted from Barrie’s site:
Some people are aware that there was a putative secret C-14 test on the Shroud performed in 1982 on a thread of the so-called “Raes sample” extracted from the Shroud in 1973. (It was named after the late Belgian textile expert Prof. Gilbert Raes.) However, there are very few people who are aware that there may have been at least two other secret C-14 testings of the Shroud. Also little known are the facts that many more Shroud samples exist than previously thought, and that the number and provenance of at least some of the “Raes samples” are open to questions. Of course, the more samples that existed, the more chance there was that individuals would try to date them. The politics and intrigue here are a subset of what I have documented in my eight-hundred-page book, ‘The 1988 C-14 Dating of the Shroud of Turin: A Stunning Exposé.
Now I have to read the book. I notice that there are only 13 in stock at Amazon.