LEICESTER, United Kingdom – Checking bloodstains, re-enacting crimes, hitting the lab to check the results: It has been the bread-and-butter of police procedurals since “CSI” first premiered in 2000.
Now it has been used to test what some say is the surviving evidence of the most important killing in history: The Shroud of Turin, which many people purport to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Matteo Borrini, a forensic anthropologist at the Liverpool John Moores University in England, used bloodstain pattern analysis on the Shroud of Turin.
Together with fellow researcher Luigi Garlaschelli, he published the results this month in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.
“Assuming that the red stains on the Turin linen are actually blood from the crucifixion wounds, the results of the experiments demonstrate that the alleged flowing patterns from different areas of the body are not consistent with each other,” the paper reads.
In other words, the authors argue the Shroud is not genuine.
The Shroud – a 14-foot-long linen cloth depicting the negative image of a person thought by many to be Jesus Christ – has been controversial since the Middle Ages. The relic can definitely be traced back to at least the 1300s.
The Church has never declared it to be authentic, but several popes have venerated it.
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