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Nick Squires, The Daily Telegraph, National Post Wire Services |

The Turin Shroud is not a medieval forgery, as has long been claimed, but could date from the time of Christ, according to a new book.
17865-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Nude-Middle-Aged-Cacuasian-Woman-With-Black-Curly-Hair-Preparing-To-Take-A-ShowerExperiments conducted by scientists at the University of Padua in northern Italy have dated the shroud to between 300BC and AD400. Many Roman Catholics believe that the 14ft linen cloth, which appears to bear the imprint of the face and body of a bearded man, was used to bury Christ’s body when he was lifted down from the cross.
The analysis is published in The Mystery of the Shroud, by Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at Padua University, and Saverio Gaeta, a journalist. Scientists, including Professor Fanti, used infra-red light and spectroscopy – the measurement of radiation intensity through wavelengths – to analyse fibres from the shroud, which is kept in a climate-controlled case in Turin.
The experiments were carried out on fibres taken from the shroud during a previous study, in 1988, when they were subjected to carbon dating.
Those tests, conducted by laboratories in Oxford, Zurich and Arizona, appeared to back the theory that the shroud was a clever medieval fake, suggesting that it dated from 1260 to 1390.
Those results were in turn disputed on the basis that they may have been skewed by contamination of fibres from cloth that was used to repair the relic when it was damaged by fire in the Middle Ages.

Penguin GroupPenguin GroupThe full Shroud of Turin in natural color as photographed during the 1978 scientific examination. CLICK TO ENLARGE
The mystery of the shroud has baffled people for centuries and has spawned not only religious devotion but also books, documentaries and conspiracy theories.
Each year it lures hundreds of thousands of faithful to Turin Cathedral, where it is kept in a specially designed, climate-controlled case.
The Vatican has never said whether it believes the shroud to be authentic, although Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI once said that the enigmatic image imprinted on the cloth “reminds us always” of Christ’s suffering.
The Daily Telegraph