Radiocarbon dating controversy
Twenty years later, Jackson, 62, is getting his chance to challenge the radiocarbon dating.
Oxford University, which participated in the original radiocarbon testing, has agreed to work with him in reconsidering the age of the shroud.
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.
Keith Propp, 55, has worked with Jackson for the last 23 years.
“There is a lot of other evidence that suggests to many that the shroud is older than the radiocarbon dates allow, and so further research is certainly needed,” says a statement on his website.
“Only by doing this will people be able to arrive at a coherent history of the shroud which takes into account and explains all of the available scientific and historical information.” Steven Schafersman, a geologist who maintains a website skeptical about the shroud, dismisses the effort as one that’s bound to fail.
It’s not, ‘Gee, I’m a Christian, so I’ll force it to be what I want it to be.’ That’s not scientific logic.” Whereas Jackson has focused single-mindedly on the shroud for 35 years, his wife is a relative newcomer. Y., Rebecca Jackson, now 60, was 34 when she impulsively decided to enlist in the Army and ended up at Ft. She converted to Christianity, a religion she said began to appeal to her as a teenager.Skeptics maintain that the shroud is a forgery created by a medieval artist seeking to display it to relic-hungry pilgrims.The debate often is bitter; each side accuses the other of twisting facts and ignoring evidence that doesn’t fit its view.It’s not fitting properly, and the question is why,” he said.On that point of Shroud of Turin, Christopher Ramsey, head of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, seems to agree.