The shroud was an artistic fake


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Experts from the University of Liverpool (UK) and Committee to investigate pseudoscientific claims in Italy found that blood traces on the shroud of Turin could not be left wrapped in her body. It was believed that the blood belonged to the crucified Jesus Christ, and flowed from the wounds on hands and feet after death. Scientists came to the conclusion that the shroud has nothing to do with the real execution of a man and had only artistic value. The results published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, briefly about the study reports Science Alert.

Although radiocarbon Dating showed that the shroud dated back to 1260-1390 years BC and could not belong to Christ, some experts have suggested that the blood patterns can determine the details of the lashes, the torture and subsequent crucifixion of the one who was wrapped in a cloth. It was believed that after washing of the body with the blood continued to ooze from the wounds, which were located on the palms, forearms, back, ribs and legs.

The researchers conducted the experiment using a dummy and a live person to figure out how to be bleeding from various wounds. The samples were applied to a donor of human blood and fluid with the same properties. Have been verified by various body postures, including standing and lying down in the groin hands. The researchers compared the resulting blood stains of the shroud. This method is known as the blood-spatter analysis and use of forensic physicians and forensic investigations.

It turned out that the stains on the shroud could only arise in the case that the blood on the back of the hand and along the forearm blood flowed at different angles, which is impossible for a lying position. In the first case, people had to stand, hands at an angle of 45 degrees, and in the second case, the arms should be raised vertically. In addition, the wound left by the spear, was to leave a solid blood stain, but the cloth in this place traces of small streams, which again testifies to the standing position. Some signs, such as “belt” in the lower back, scientists did not manage to reproduce, even if we consider that the body after bathing can move around. Modeling spots on hands that have been in contact with the wooden surface of the cross, gave unclear results.

Thus, the distribution pattern of spots from different parts of the body are not consistent with the hypothesis that man was crucified. According to the researchers, it all indicates that the shroud most likely is artistic value a forgery of the fourteenth century and was used as “illustrations” of Christ’s execution.

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