You must understand that all of us involved in the project are bound by signed undertakings that we will not reveal the results of the analysis until they are announced by the Archbishop of Turin or his scientific adviser, Luigi Gonella.'' Dr.
Gonella and the scientists involved in the shroud project will meet Oct. Dinegar gave his first hints about the laboratory findings in an interview with The Los Angeles Times published yesterday.
Devotees have insisted that the scorched image was created by some kind of holy fire when Jesus' body miraculously disappeared from the Holy Sepulcher.
As early as 1389, however, Bishop Pierre D'Arcis reported to Pope Clement VII that the shroud was a fraud, the perpetrator of which had confessed.
Thus, a freshly killed mussel has far less C-14 than a freshly killed something else, which is why the C-14 dating method makes freshwater mussels seem older than they really are.
When dating wood there is no such problem because wood gets its carbon straight from the air, complete with a full dose of C-14.
In living animals and plants, the ratio of carbon 12 to carbon 14 remains more or less constant, but once an organism dies, the carbon 14 decays over time at a constant rate.
The older an organism's remains are, the less beta radiation it emits because its C-14 is steadily dwindling at a predictable rate.This article will answer several of the most common creationist attacks on carbon-14 dating, using the question-answer format that has proved so useful to lecturers and debaters. Answer: Cosmic rays in the upper atmosphere are constantly converting the isotope nitrogen-14 (N-14) into carbon-14 (C-14 or radiocarbon).Living organisms are constantly incorporating this C-14 into their bodies along with other carbon isotopes.Agreement on Dating In the 1970's forensic scientists representing many institutions and academic disciplines proposed various ways by which the controversy might be settled.There was general agreement that if the cloth in the shroud could be positively dated as having been made in medieval times, the relic could be declared a forgery.