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Investigating a Dated Piece of the Shroud of Turin

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2016

Rachel A Freer-Waters
Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA.
A J Timothy Jull*
NSF Arizona AMS Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA; Also: Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA.
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We present a photomicrographic investigation of a sample of the Shroud of Turin, split from one used in the radiocarbon dating study of 1988 at Arizona. In contrast to other reports on less-documented material, we find no evidence to contradict the idea that the sample studied was taken from the main part of the shroud, as reported by Damon et al. (1989). We also find no evidence for either coatings or dyes, and only minor contaminants.

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