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Shroud of Turin quotes: Unclassified quotes: May - June 2010

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"In the late 1970s, he was quick to see the value of the revolutionary new method of radiocarbon dating 
then being developed (called accelerator mass spectrometry or AMS dating) and became fully 
committed to establishing the method at Oxford. In the early days of setting up the AMS facility at 
Oxford, he could be found crawling inside the accelerator tank, or discussing design modifications, or 
even sweeping the floor. Such total involvement got its reward especially in his participation in the 
dating of the Shroud of Turin in 1988. Cardinal Anastasio Ballestrero, the Archbishop of Turin, had 
authorised the removal of samples of the shroud for testing by three laboratories: in Arizona, Zurich - 
and Oxford. Hall's laboratory dated its sample to between 1260 and 1390. The mix of good science, 
intricate instrumentation, the attention of the world's press, the ambivalence of the religious authorities 
and sheer importance of the outcome for so many people appealed to him immensely; he also took 
pleasure in, as he saw it, the debunking of any conviction that could not be rationally demonstrated. 
`There was a multi-million-pound business in making forgeries during the 14th century,' he bluntly told 
a British Museum press conference. `Someone just got a bit of linen, faked it up and flogged it.' And 
again, `Some people may continue to fight for the authenticity of the shroud, like the Flat Earth Society, 
but this settles it all as far as we are concerned.'" (Hedges, R. & Tite, M., "Obituaries: Professor Edward 
Hall," The Independent, 16 August 2001)

"Collecting and packaging of samples It is important not to introduce any contamination when collecting 
and packing the sample. If flotation is used in the collection process, no hydrocarbons should be used. 
Hydrogen peroxide can, however, be used to break up soil samples. Many materials used for preserving or 
conserving samples contain carbon that may be impossible to remove subsequently: do not use glues, 
biocides, polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polyvinylacetate (PVA). Many ordinary packing materials, such as 
paper, cardboard, cotton wool and string, contain carbon and are potential contaminants. Cigarette ash is 
also taboo." (Bowman, S., "Radiocarbon Dating," Interpreting the Past, University of California Press: 
Berkeley CA, 1990, pp.55-56. Emphasis original)

"One of the relics held by the cathedral in the town of Oviedo, in the north of Spain, is a piece of cloth 
measuring approximately 84 x 53 cm. There is no image on this cloth. Only stains are visible to the naked eye, 
although more is visible under the microscope. The his cloth is that both tradition 
and scientific studies claim that the cloth was used to cover and clean the face of Jesus after the crucifixion. 
We are going to present and look into these claims. Such a cloth is known to have existed from the gospel of 
John, chapter 20, verses 6 and 7. These verses read as follows, `Simon Peter, following him, also came up, 
went into the tomb, saw the linen cloth lying on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; 
this was not with the linen cloth but rolled up in a place by itself.' John clearly differentiates between this 
smaller face cloth, the sudarium, and the larger linen that had wrapped the body. The history of the sudarium 
is well documented, and much more straightforward than that of the Shroud. Most of the information comes 
from the twelfth century bishop of Oviedo, Pelagius (or Pelayo), whose historical works are the Book of the 
Testaments of Oviedo, and the Chronicon Regum Legionensium. According to this history, the sudarium 
was in Palestine until shortly before the year 614, when Jerusalem was attacked and conquered by Chosroes 
II, who was king of Persia from 590 to 628. It was taken away to avoid destruction in the invasion, first to 
Alexandria by the presbyter Philip, then across the north of Africa when Chosroes conquered Alexandria in 
616. The sudarium entered Spain at Cartagena, along with people who were fleeing from the Persians. The 
bishop of Ecija, Fulgentius, welcomed the refugees and the relics, and surrendered the chest, or ark, to 
Leandro, bishop of Seville. He took it to Seville, where it spent some years. Saint Isidore was later bishop of 
Seville, and teacher of Saint Ildefonso, who was in turn appointed bishop of Toledo. When he left Seville to 
take up his post there, he took the chest with him. It stayed in Toledo until the year 718. It was then taken 
further north to avoid destruction at the hands of the Muslims, who conquered the majority of the Iberian 
peninsula at the beginning of the eighth century. It was first kept in a cave that is now called Monsacro, ten 
kilometres from Oviedo. King Alfonso II had a special chapel built for the chest, called the `Cámara Santa', 
later incorporated into the cathedral. The key date in the history of the sudarium is the 14th March 1075, 
when the chest was officially opened in the presence of King Alfonso VI, his sister Doña Urraca, and 
Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, better known as El Cid. A list was made of the relics that were in the chest, and which 
included the sudarium. In the year 1113, the chest was covered with silver plating, on which there is an 
inscription inviting all Christians to venerate this relic which contains the holy blood. The sudarium has 
been kept in the cathedral at Oviedo ever since." (Guscin, M., "The Sudarium of Oviedo: Its History and 
Relationship to the Shroud of Turin," 1997) 


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Created: 6 May, 2010. Updated: 7 November, 2010.

d: 7 November, 2010.