The Pollen Scam?

"I regret that, from what I’ve learned from our research, we can not currently use the pollen to define any geographical indication.” — Avinoam Danin* Recent discussions about pollen on the Shroud of Turin, reflected in three recent postings in this blog… Doubting the Pollen Evidence Breaking News: Sources of DNA on the Shroud of … Continue reading “The Pollen Scam?”

Paper Chase: New Paper on SEM Analysis of Pollen

I missed this recent paper. I only discovered it while reading through Barrie Schwortz’ Late Breaking News for the most recent update to Here is what Barrie reports: Exploration of the Face of the Turin Shroud. Pollens Studied by SEM Analysis by Gérard Lucotte – Archeological Discovery, Vol.3 No.4, October 2015. Here is an … Continue reading “Paper Chase: New Paper on SEM Analysis of Pollen”

Doubting the Pollen Evidence

“… data concerning pollen grains should not be used in Shroud research.” but on the other hand, “… we must not be too hasty to dismiss it altogether” We have discussed the pollen many times in this blog*.  The subject came up again recently in some comments to the posting, New YouTube Presentation: Is the … Continue reading “Doubting the Pollen Evidence”

Important New Pollen Discovery on the Sudarium of Oviedo?

The English language pages of the Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM) are reporting that UCAM’s researchers have found scientific evidence that places the Shroud of Oviedo and the Shroud of Turin in the same scenario:: The research group of the Catholic University of Murcia which is studying samples of the Shroud of Oviedo, has discovered … Continue reading “Important New Pollen Discovery on the Sudarium of Oviedo?”

Coming Out of the Closet on Pollen and Plant Images

Stephen Jones has put together an interesting posting on the pollen found on the shroud and apparent images of plants some claim to see on the cloth. He does so from the perspective some material in a 2005 book, A Grain of Truth: How Pollen Brought a Murderer to Justice by Lynne Milne. Stephen writes: … Continue reading “Coming Out of the Closet on Pollen and Plant Images”

Melissopalynology: Pollen Evidence

According to Food Safety News: A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of … Continue reading “Melissopalynology: Pollen Evidence”

Numerous Plant Species and Human Lineages Identified. Now What?

A caller asked me (please use email or blog comments): Have you taken a careful look at the two color-coded charts from the Nature paper? Now what? I don’t know.  I think this paragraph from the paper, Uncovering the sources of DNA found on the Turin Shroud helps somewhat. DNA extracted from dust particles that … Continue reading “Numerous Plant Species and Human Lineages Identified. Now What?”

News About the Shroud. Pass It On. Well, Most of It.

On October 6th, I posted Breaking News: Sources of DNA on the Shroud of Turin. I was reporting that Nature had just the previous day published Uncovering the sources of DNA found on the Turin Shroud by Gianni Barcaccia, Giulio Galla, Alessandro Achilli, Anna Olivieri and Antonio Torroni. On October 14th, I followed with Linen … Continue reading “News About the Shroud. Pass It On. Well, Most of It.”

The Amazing Parts

People can see the most updated scientific evidence regarding the Shroud, and then they can make their own reasoned judgment regarding its authenticity. News from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas (bold emphasis is mine): “The most amazing part of the Shroud is the majesty of the face.” That statement from Jim Bertrand, a Shroud expert … Continue reading “The Amazing Parts”

Emanuela Marinelli to receive the International Prize for Catholic Culture

… Emanuela Marinelli fell in love with the Shroud. Tough love: nearly forty years of study. And 17 books, hundreds of articles, thousands of conferences, from Indonesia to Kazakhstan to Burkina Faso: long journeys, sometimes dangerous, always with a copy of the Shroud folded into the suitcase, to go on to explain, the ends of … Continue reading “Emanuela Marinelli to receive the International Prize for Catholic Culture”

No Closer to the Truth Because of Simony

Despite whatever encouragement we got from Bruno Barberis in St. Louis … Comment Promoted Daveb tells by way of a comment to Breaking News: Sources of DNA on the Shroud of Turin that us that he perceives a different aspect of the story. There may be a lot of truth to what he thinks. … … Continue reading “No Closer to the Truth Because of Simony”

At the Heart of the Shroud Exposition is a Great Mystery

Doubtless Pope Francis will have some arresting and unexpected things to say when he arrives next month. . . . The Economist’s blog, Erasmus: Religion and Public Policy has published what I think may be so far the best exposition-time article on the shroud. The Shroud of Turin: Both visible and hidden is fair, perhaps … Continue reading “At the Heart of the Shroud Exposition is a Great Mystery”

Shroud and Sudarium Blood Agreement

speaking of the meeting of the Centro Internazionale di Sindonologia This, just appearing on San Francesco, a news outlet of the Sacred Convent of Assisi:  Shroud and Sudarium of Oviedo: "Traces of blood superimposed".  What follows is a Google translation: ‘All information made by the study and research "on the Shroud of Turin and the … Continue reading “Shroud and Sudarium Blood Agreement”

The Real Meaning Is Not Authenticity

Carol Glatz has an interesting piece in the Catholic Herald, ‘Obsession’ with authenticity hides Turin Shroud’s real meaning, says expert. That expert is Gian Maria Zaccone, scientific director of the Museum of the Shroud of Turin. He said it at a preview of the shroud exposition for journalists. Take a couple of minutes to read … Continue reading “The Real Meaning Is Not Authenticity”

More Testing? Maybe.

If Papa Francesco will want to’ take this path, we will do it as long as the research is conducted with honest ‘intellectual, without preconceptions and ideological assumptions a priori. — Archbishop of Turin, Monsignor Cesare Nosiglia The following is a Google translation of an article, The Shroud: the linen cloth that wrapped Jesus, between … Continue reading “More Testing? Maybe.”

Daily Beast Review of CNN’s Shroud of Turin Episode

Poet and scholar Jay Parini, author of Jesus: The Human Face of God, writing in The Daily Beast, reviews the CNN series and particularly last night’s episode on the Shroud of Turin: The television version is typical, well, television. The music is overly dramatic. There are trite dramatized scenes of Jesus being arrested and tried, … Continue reading “Daily Beast Review of CNN’s Shroud of Turin Episode”

The Sudarium of Oviedo as Evidence?

and then there’s the shroud It is a well written posting,  The Forensics of the Sudarium of Oviedo – The Shroud of Turin. He, whoever he is, who calls his blog “He Rose for Grace,” nicely summarizes the documented history of the Sudarium. He explains the bloodstains and plant pollen found on the this 84 … Continue reading “The Sudarium of Oviedo as Evidence?”

Shroud: The Reasons for the ‘No’

Maria Chiara Strappaveccia, Culture Columnist, has an interesting article in L’Lindro entitled Sindone: le ragioni del ‘no’: Le obiezioni all’autenticità del Telo sintetizzate da Andrea Nicolotti, Luigi Garlaschelli, Antonio Lombatti (or as Google Translation puts it, Shroud: the reasons for the ‘no’: The objections to the authenticity of the Cloth synthesized by Andrea Nicolotti, Luigi … Continue reading “Shroud: The Reasons for the ‘No’”