Radiocarbon dating of the shroud of turin nature
John Dominic Crossan, the famed Jesus Seminar scholar, proposed that someone in medieval times was crucified by a crafter of fake relics in order to produce the Shroud.
Others proposed that Leonardo da Vinci created it — anew, it turns out, since the Shroud was well known in Europe a century before Leonardo was born.
Hall, who played a significant role in exposing the Piltdown man hoax and who participated in the carbon 14 dating of the Shroud, expressed his views openly: “We have shown the Shroud to be a fake.
Anyone who disagrees with us ought to belong to the Flat Earth Society.” The carbon 14 dating of the Shroud of Turin is famous because it spawned so many conspiracy theories posing as history.
It is not because the Shroud is famous, although it is.
It is because the 1988 carbon 14 dating was made famous.
There are textbooks, encyclopedias and many websites to be updated. It is an extraordinary technology that with uncanny precision can count the approximately one in a trillion carbon 14 isotopes that exist compared to the more common carbon 12 and carbon 13 isotopes; isotopes that exist in all living material and material that once was living.And because it was made famous, and because it will now be discussed, the related science of the Shroud will also get attention: From the article in Thermochimica Acta: "A linen produced in A. 1260 would have retained about 37% of its vanillin in 1978.The Raes threads, the Holland cloth [shroud’s backing cloth], and all other medieval linens gave the test for vanillin wherever lignin could be observed on growth nodes.Material intrusion is well known in the application of carbon 14 dating.A classic example is to be found in the dating of peat bogs.