Click for larger view The above photograph shows Ron London and Bill Mottern setting up their low power x-ray machine, the same device that was at least in part responsible for the seizing of all of STURP's equipment by Italian customs upon its arrival in Italy back in The wooden crate that housed the x-ray machine had a radiation sticker on the outside, and that apparently raised enough concern to cause the customs officials to seize everything and refuse to release it upon our arrival. We arrived a week prior to the scheduled start of our examination while the Shroud was still on public display in order to unpack, set up and calibrate all our instruments and equipment so we would be fully prepared when the Shroud was brought to us.
It is part of a larger curriculum that leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies. Here is a brief description: This program offers a systematic approach to the intellectual challenges posed by the Shroud of Turin, as well as the opportunity to go deeper into the message that it proposes to the faith and to the heart of believers.
Since this is a postgraduate course, certain academic requirements must be met to obtain accreditation, but there is an option to just audit the classes if you prefer.
To do so, students are only required to complete the courses and conferences, after which they will receive a certificate of attendance. See the website for additional details and Registration information.
Speakers included ENI chemist, Dr. Marco Ricci, who provided the basic elements for understanding the procedure, Dr. Marco Riani of the University of Parma, with a robust statistical analysis on the 14 C dating by the three laboratories to which the task was officially assigned. However, when the dates were announced I realized that I would be in the air and flying to Rome to teach my course at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum on May 5th, the first day of the meeting.
Instead I will provide you with the best information I have to date and will update this story again as more information becomes available. On May 3, the following article appeared in the Turin newspaper La Stampa: Gli esperti riaprono il caso Doubts on the age of the Shroud.
Experts re-open the case. The Italian language article was excellent and covered the CIS meeting in detail. Fortunately, Joe Marino was kind enough to provide us with the following Google translation: Among these is Paolo Di Lazzaro, research director of the Esnea di Frascati, who in his speech will remember as "the calculation that transforms the number of C atoms in the age of a tissue" present "greater uncertainties compared to other solid samples bones, artefacts, etc.
In particular, Beta Analytic states that "tissue dating is performed only in the context of multidisciplinary research", and that "samples taken from a tissue treated with additives or preservatives generate a false radiocarbon age".
The Shroud has in the past been in contact with preservative and anti-moth materials, which could therefore have distorted the dating Theology and the Turin Shroud Our good friend Dr. Gary Chiang of Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, recently announced that he is organizing an international Shroud conference titled, "Science: Theology and the Turin Shroud" to take place on Augustat his university.
We will include any new information as soon as it becomes available.
Ancaster is accessible via three airports Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo. Tentative cost of registration: We hope this price will also include food, and can confirm that the closer we are to the date. It does not include accommodation.
Once the contract has been worked out with the university, a web page will be created for registration and accommodation. If you have any questions, contact me at shroudconference gmail.
We also have a special student rate hoping to encourage young academics to become involved. Boi - Archaeometry, First published 03 May Here is the abstract: In the dorsal image of the cloth, the crucifixion position shows the left foot on top of the right one; in the frontal view, the feet are almost parallel.
The nail used in the crucifixion was driven through the foot. Because of this parallelism, both ankles show a plantar flexion that is dissimilar in the dorsal images. We describe for the first time the anatomical study of the image of the Shroud through modern concepts. At the level of biomechanics and anatomy, the image on the Shroud of Turin does not comply with modern knowledge; in fact, the image fails with regard to some aspects that we cannot interpret yet.
Here is an excerpt from the article: The viewing window was framed with wooden latticework. Louis Conference, Shroud of Turin: The Controversial Intersection of Faith and Scienceand brings his earlier work up to date. Here is an excerpt from the Abstract: This model confirmed the evident rigor mortis of the human body and evidenced the particular posture corresponding to the position on the cross that also showed a rotation never detected previously of the human body around his spine.
The study of this 3D model partially confi rmed previous results but also evidenced interesting news, like the position of the exit hole of the nail posed on the palm of the hand Here is an excerpt:Congratulations to all award recipients in the Sony Research Award Program!
We sincerely look forward to working closely with you. Professor Faramarz Fekri, Georgia Institute of Technology. Check here for important announcements and other Shroud of Turin Website news. This page will be updated whenever new page additions, articles and other resources are added to the site.
General Papers. Here are some excellent papers that every researcher in this area should read. They present a logical introductory material into the field and describe latest achievements as well as currently unsolved issues of face recognition.
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