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.For all who use carbon 14 dating to study all manner of ancient objects, a period of careful reassessment is just beginning.There are, in understanding what went wrong, important lessons that will ripple through archeology, anthropology, forensics and science lecture halls whenever and wherever carbon 14 dating is discussed.
They will wonder why protestations from experts in the Shroud's chemistry were ignored.
The will ask why documented data was not considered.
They will talk about the clues of material intrusion that were simply ignored.
Material intrusion is well known in the application of carbon 14 dating.
cite web | title = Carbon 14 Dating On Shroud of Turin Were Botched 2005 | url = date = 2006-03-26 | archiveurl = | archivedate = 2013-10-05 A January 20, 2005 article in the scholarly, peer-reviewed scientific journal Thermochimica Acta (Volume 425, pages 189-194, by Raymond N.
Rogers, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of California) makes it perfectly clear: the carbon 14 dating sample cut from the Shroud in 1988 was not valid.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.A classic example is to be found in the dating of peat bogs.Very old bogs often contain miniscule roots from newer plants that grew in the peat.The roots of these plants, sometimes having decomposed, are nearly indistinguishable from the older peat.