It’s not fitting properly, and the question is why,” he said.
“It’s like we’re on an archaeological expedition that’s not finished.
I’m not sure we’ll ever be truly finished,” he said.
In 1988, science seemed to put that question to rest.
Radiocarbon dating by three separate laboratories showed that the shroud originated in the Middle Ages, leaving the “shroud crowd” reeling.
Shroud skeptics responded, “We told you so.” The Catholic Church admitted that it could not be authentic. But John Jackson, one of the shroud’s most prominent researchers, was among those who insisted that the results made no sense.
Too much else about the shroud, they said, including characteristics of the cloth and details in the image, suggested that it was much older.
“He’s had other ideas, but they’ve all been shot down, and this one will be shot down too,” he said of Jackson.
“Ordinary people know this is just a relic.” But others are challenging the radiocarbon date of Shroud of Turin.
Jackson has conducted research on the shroud’s crease marks, image formation and how blood flows from a crucified body, which he studied by suspending his own body from a cross.