The Shroud of Turin is a piece of linen said to be the cloth that wrapped Jesus Christ’s body, as was the custom of the time, after he was crucified. The remarkable feature of this cloth is that a human image appears to have been transferred onto the shroud through some inexplicable process. However, scholars disagree on whether the cloth is genuine, with some saying it was fabricated during the Middle Ages, when many fake religious relics were made. Indeed, a radiocarbon-dating study conducted in 1998 to determine the age of the cloth suggested that the linen was woven sometime between 1260 and 1390. However, experts on medieval painting have said that the image on the cloth could not have been made during this time, and other scholars have asserted that the radiocarbon-dating study was flawed.
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena – written by Patricia D. Netzley © 2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning