Tempting Providence with the Turin Shroud?

Christopher Chippindale looks into the religious world of the Turin Shroud.

Thirty years after radiocarbon became the standard archaeological technique for absolute dating of ancient organic materials, the procedure for taking samples is routine. The excavator collects a suitable quantity of charcoal or other material from relevant contexts and submits them to the dating laboratory, with details of what they are and of their expected date. When the determinations are received, they are published in the specialist journal Radiocarbon, or the open scientific literature.

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