Just days ahead of Easter, a new study claims that the Shroud of Turin is not a medieval forgery, and instead could actually be the burial shroud that was used to wrap the body of Jesus Christ.
According to the latest scientific studies, the cloth's consistency is similar to those used to bury the dead at the time of Christ about 2,000 years ago.
Scientists have argued for centuries about the Shroud's authenticity, which is stored in a secure vault in Turin Cathedral. The 14-foot-long linen cloth bears a faint image of the front and back of a tall, long-haired, bearded man, and looks to be stained by blood from wounds in his feet, wrists, and sides. These wounds match those that were suffered by Christ at his crucifixion.
The latest findings are detailed in a new book, "Il Mistero della Sindone" (The Mystery of the Shroud), which is being released for publication on Good Friday. The book was authored by Professor Giulio Fanti, an expert in mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of Padua's Engineering Faculty, and Saverio Gaeta, a journalist. Fanti and Gaeta examined fibers from the Shroud and then compared them to samples of cloth that dated back to between 3,000 B.C. and up to the modern era to contract them and determine if it is a Medieval forgery.
Three new tests were key to their findings - two chemical and one mechanical. The first two tests were carried out using infrared light, and the last one used Raman spectroscopy, which measures radiation through wavelengths and is commonly used in forensic science.
Results of the testing dated the fibers from the Shroud to a period between 300 BC and 400 AD, which would cover the years of Christ's life.