For a long period of time, the Shroud of Turin has been a basis for reverence and intrigue. Viewed as among the primary Christian artefacts, many people recognize it to be the real burial shroud of Jesus Christ because of the somewhat faded impression that can be seen on its surface area that appears to be an undressed man showing wounds in keeping with crucifixion.
Even though some people look at it as a miracle, other people try to find a more scientific clarification for its presence, and scientists coming from the Politecnico di Torino have produced a theory that they feel could offer a few answers. They point out that it is quite feasible that neutron emissions caused by an earthquake around the period that Jesus died might have established the impression, and that this also influenced radiocarbon concentrations that would have indicated that the shroud came from medieval times. (reported by LiveScience)
The scientists’ theory about how the image was created, is based on historical facts. The city of Jerusalem was indeed rocked when Jesus was crucified around 33 AD.
Scientists Carpinteri, Lacidogna, and Borla simulated an earthquake under equal conditions and discovered that neutron pollution levels might have originated from such an earthquake, and that these emissions could very well have induced chemical reactions in that specific cloth, creating the image of a face.
The Turin scientists related the earthquake to the death of Jesus Christ by referring to Greek historian Thallos’ accounts of the day that Christ passed away, the gospel of Matthew, the story of Joseph of Arimathea, and to the achievements of Dante Alighieri. The scientists wrote: Furthermore, if we would allocate the impression shown on this shroud to Jesus Christ, we really should consider the fact that there are at any rate three records in the historic literature proclaiming that disastrous earthquakes occurred during that event of 33 a.d.
Some people interpret these conclusions as a testimony to the authenticity of the Shroud, as it states that the medieval radiocarbon examination carried out by Oxford University in 1988 is incorrect.
On the other hand, a lot of other scientists question the outcomes of the research, indicating that radiocarbon examinations of other seismically active regions such as Japan have typically not been viewed as incorrect. Gordon Cook, who is professor of environmental geochemistry at the University of Glasgow, says that scientists have been examining materials of that period for many decades now, and not a soul has ever experienced this (LiveScience).
But this id really not the first time that a radiation theory was suggested. Giulio Fanti (university of Padua) together with his research team, performed a test in 2013 and the results indicated that the shroud could be from anywhere between 300 BC and 400 AD.