Carbon dating of the shroud of turin
Some believers think the crown of thorns was made of this type of tumbleweed. His sample of pollen grains originated with Max Frei, who tape-lifted pollen grain samples from the shroud.Frei's pollen grains have been controversial from the beginning.(Another equally famous painting, also claimed to have miraculously appeared on a cloth, cropped up in Mexico in the 16th century, "Our Lady of Guadalupe.") The case for the forged shroud is made most forcefully by Joe Nickell in his Inquest On The Shroud Of Turin, which was written in collaboration with a panel of scientific and technical experts.The author claims that historical, iconographic, pathological, physical, and chemical evidence points to its inauthenticity.
He makes his complete case that the shroud is a medieval painting in Judgment Day for the Shroud of Turin (March 1999).It is also claimed that the image is not a painting but a miraculously transposed image.Skeptics believe that the shroud of Turin is just another religious relic invented to beef up the pilgrimage business or impress infidels.But even if there were blood on the shroud, that would have no bearing on the age of the shroud or on its authenticity.It is claimed that the cloth has some pollen grains and images on it that are of plants found only in the Dead Sea region of Israel.