1988 carbon dating of shroud of turin
or Santa Sindone), is a length of linen cloth bearing the negative image of a man.Some believe the image depicts Jesus of Nazareth and the fabric is the burial shroud in which he was wrapped after crucifixion.A drop of molten silver from the reliquary produced a symmetrically placed mark through the layers of the folded cloth.Poor Clare Nuns attempted to repair this damage with patches.Critics point out that it may not be a shroud at all, but rather a rectangular tombstone, as seen on other sacred images.
In 1988, three radiocarbon dating tests dated a corner piece of the shroud from the Middle Ages, between the years 12.
Some contend that the Lirey shroud was the work of a confessed forger and murderer.
There are no definite historical records concerning the particular shroud currently at Turin Cathedral prior to the 14th century.
In May 1898 Italian photographer Secondo Pia was allowed to photograph the shroud. In 1931, another photographer, Giuseppe Enrie, photographed the shroud and obtained results similar to Pia's.
The shroud was damaged in a fire in 1532 in the chapel in Chambery, France.