In fact, the Shroud is much older than the carbon 14 tests suggested. No matter what any one of us may believe about the Shroud’s authenticity, we can no longer say that carbon 14 dating proves medieval origins; for the tests in 1988 were botched.
Photomicrograph of fibers from middle of carbon 14 sample. For those who after 1988 continued to believe that the Shroud was the genuine burial cloth of Jesus, a winter of ridicule and doubts has ended.
B., "Shroud of Turin Version 77," Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, 23 March, 2008)These three different scientific tests, added to the late Ray Rogers' tests in 2005 which found the Shroud doesn't have enough vanillin for a medieval linen cloth, and that it had been patched with younger cloth which had been dyed to make it look old: "Rogers has pursued another objection.
the suggestion that the carbon-dated fragment was taken from a patch repaired in the sixteenth century did not look promising.
This could then undermine the believers faith in the Lord and in the Church leadership.
The path they have apparently chosen is to leave the question open while not appearing to be adverse to attempts at scientific assessment.
Final results show that the Shroud fibres examined produced the following dates, all of which are 95% certain and centuries away from the medieval dating obtained with Carbon-14 testing in 1988: the dates given to the Shroud after FT-IR testing, is 300 BC ±400, 200 BC ±500 after Raman testing and 400 AD ±400 after multi-parametric mechanical testing.
However, no plausible physical reason has yet been proposed to explain the origin of this neutron radiation.
The will ask why documented data was not considered.