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Status of 1978 fiber

Posted by cfreeman on 21 Jul 2017 at 10:44 GMT

The fiber analysed appears to be one of those taken on sticky tape during the STURP investigation of 1978. Please state the procedures followed to ensure that there was no outside contamination of this fiber between 1978 and the testing for this study.
No attempt has been provided for the dating of the fiber but in view of the extensive number of blood cults, including the liquid blood of Christ, in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, please comment on why a fiber, if indeed there is blood on it, might not date from this period.

Competing interests declared: Charles Freeman is author of Holy Bones, Holy Dust, How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe (Yale University Press, 2011) and 'The Origins of the Shroud of Turin', History Today, October 2015.

RE: Status of 1978 fiber

ecarlino replied to cfreeman on 22 Jul 2017 at 08:08 GMT

Our results point that in the fiber examined there is the biologic evidence of nanoparticles of creatinine bound to ferrihydrite typical of the ferritin. This is a situation that occur in the blood serum of a person after a strong polytrauma. It is rather unlikely that the fiber has been accidentally contaminated by the blood serum of a person that suffered a strong polytrauma and has serious acute kidney insufficiency. This statement is completely unrelated from the age of the Turin Shroud. Our experiment so far cannot say any about the date.

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RE: RE: Status of 1978 fiber

sjensen replied to ecarlino on 07 Aug 2017 at 12:35 GMT

"It is rather unlikely that the fiber has been accidentally contaminated" But did you analyze other parts of the fabric to determine that your one spot is in fact representative of the whole rather than contamination? Give the fact that you have no details on the events surrounding the fabric your assertion that it is rather unlikely is not supported. What if there were multiple casualties and bodies were stored communally together or there is any number of likely scenarios where a single drop or particle could have contaminated the fabric.

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