Jerusalem Tomb Discovery Casts Further Doubt On Turin Shroud

From the Telegraph:

Archaeologists say they have discovered the first known pieces of a burial shroud from the time of Jesus in Jerusalem, casting doubt on the authenticity of the Turin Shroud.

Researchers believe the fabric of the fragments, the first of their kind to be discovered in Jerusalem, are of a different weave to those of the Turin Shroud, hailed by many as Christ’s burial cloth but dismissed by others as a fake.

Radiocarbon tests on artefacts found in the cave, in Jerusalem’s Old City, prove almost beyond doubt that it was from the same time of Christ’s death. It was made with a two-way weave – not the twill weave used on the Turin Shroud, which textile experts say was introduced more than 1,000 years after Christ lived.

Professor Shimon Gibson, the archaeologist who discovered the tomb, said ancient writings and contemporary shrouds from other areas had suggested this design, and the Jerusalem shroud finally provided the physical evidence.

Last month a Vatican researcher said she had found the words ‘Jesus Nazarene’ on the shroud, proving it was the linen cloth which was wrapped around Christ’s body…

[continues in the Telegraph]

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  • Word Eater

    “the Turin Shroud, hailed by many as Christ’s burial cloth but dismissed by others as a fake.”

    That should be “the Turin Shroud, hailed by the faithful few and the blissfully unaware as Christ’s burial cloth but dismissed by all others as a fake” since the science is pretty incontrovertible.

  • Word Eater

    “the Turin Shroud, hailed by many as Christ’s burial cloth but dismissed by others as a fake.”

    That should be “the Turin Shroud, hailed by the faithful few and the blissfully unaware as Christ's burial cloth but dismissed by all others as a fake” since the science is pretty incontrovertible.

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