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Moving the Needle

The paper is called X-ray Dating of a Turin Shroud’s Linen Sample. It was written by Liberato De Caro, Teresa Sibillano, Rocco Lassandro, Cinzia Giannini and Giulio Fanti. Published in the open-access journal Heritage, an MDPI online publication, it was received on March 10th of this year and accepted by April 5th Four days later it was published.

I don’t think this is going to move the needle much until a Colin Berry or a Hugh Farey or any other scientist, who until now accepted the 1988 radiocarbon dating, changes their mind

The National Catholic Register carried the story. So did the Christian Broadcasting Network and a couple of other religious media sites. It was hard to find any secular press coverage. On April 28, iHeart Radio posted X-Ray Analysis Suggests Shroud of Turin Dates Back to Time of Christ, but that was pretty much it.

Barrie Schwortz mentioned it and provided a link to the Heritage site in his May 18 update to shroud.com He included this cautionary note:

Editor’s Note: Although this technique may prove reliable at some point in the future, it must be noted that it has never before been used to date any archaeological samples. Much more testing must be completed before this technique can be accepted by the scientific community as a viable dating method.

Now, more than two months since publication, MDPI and Google Scholar report no citations. Not one! There is only slight chatter in social media, a few mentions on Shroud specific Facebook pages is all.

I don’t think this is going to move the needle much until a Colin Berry or a Hugh Farey or any other scientist, who until now accepted the 1988 radiocarbon dating, changes their mind and realizes the Shroud is about 2000 years old.

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