October 13: On This Day in World History … briefly

The Shroud of Turin - modern photo of the face, positive left, digitally processed image right - Wikipedia

1988:  The Shroud of Turin is believed a forgery

The Turin Shroud, for centuries regarded as the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, is believed to be a fake. The results of exhaustive carbon dating tests carried out on the shroud at laboratories in Oxford, Zurich and Arizona were revealed.

 

Speaking at a press conference in London, Professor Edward Hall, head of the Oxford team, said that the data showed with 95 percent certainty that the 14ft (4.5m) linen cloth dated from between 1260 and 1390, a period when forgery was rife.

Full-length image of the Turin Shroud before the 2002 restoration – Wikipedia

The Catholic Church, which has consistently expressed caution over the shroud’s origins, accepted the findings, but one regular visitor to the Turin Cathedral chapel, Signora Angela Bosso (72) remarked “I don’t believe these scientists.”

Secondo Pia’s 1898 negative of the image on the Shroud of Turin has an appearance suggesting a positive image. It is used as part of the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus. Image from Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne – Wikipedia

Most notable historic snippets or facts extracted from the book ‘On This Day’ first published in 1992 by Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, London, as well as additional supplementary information extracted from Wikipedia.

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