Jerusalem Tomb Discovery Casts Doubt on Turin Shroud

By Sadie Bass

Dec 16, 2009 12:44pm

ABC's Simon McGregor-Wood reports from Jerusalem: Israelis Archaeologists announced Wednesday they have found the first burial shroud from the time of Jesus.
 
Researchers found that fragments of the fabric are of a much simpler weave than that in the famous Turin shroud, which some believe to be the shroud that wrapped the body of Jesus himself.
 
The new shroud is in two pieces, one for the head, one for the body. The Turin shroud is a single piece of fabric.
 
The latest discovery was made in a tomb complex outside the Old City of Jerusalem. The tomb is thought to have belonged to an important member of the Jewish priesthood. Carbon dating proves the remnants are from the years between 0 and 50 CE or AD.
 
DNA samples from the human remains indicate the priest had leprosy.
 
The newly discovered shroud is made from a two way weave, while the Turin shroud has a more intricate twill weave which textile experts say was introduced a 1,000 years after Jesus lived.
 
The latest discovery will cast further scientific doubt on the validity of the Turin Shroud.
 
Last month however a Vatican researcher said that by using computer analysis of photographs of the Turin shroud she had detected the words “Jesus Nazarene” in Greek, Aramaic and Latin.
 
The latest discovery in Jerusalem probably won’t put an end to the debate.

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