Shroud of Turin created by neutrons released by an earthquake?

Riiiiiiight…. Is this valid or just an exhibition of the lengths people will go to in order to fit their belief into reality?

Turin Shroud may date from time of Jesus.

The Turin Shroud may not be a medieval forgery after all, after scientists discovered it could date from the time of Christ.

The Italian team believes the powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake would have been strong enough to release neutron particles from crushed rock.

This flood of neutrons may have imprinted an X-ray-like image onto the linen burial cloth, say the researches.

In addition, the radiation emissions would have increased the level of carbon-14 isotopes in the Shroud, which would make it appear younger.

The scientists base the idea on research into piezonuclear fission reactions which occur when brittle rock is crushed under enormous pressure.

Neutron radiation is usually generated by nuclear fusion or fission, and may be produced by nuclear reactors or particle accelerators.

During the process, neutron particles are released from atoms.

A powerful earthquake could achieve the same effect, generating neutron radiation from stresses in the Earth, it is claimed.

That explanation is way too incredible and convenient. Yes, it may be that an earthquake actually happened. But the relation to Jesus is tenuous, since Jesus’ history is tenuous. The study claims a big earthquake could have happened which could have released neutron emissions that could have been at play in the image and dating. Sorry, too many “coulds”, with no evidence. We’ve had plenty of big earthquakes. Where is the precedence for neutron emissions or imprints on cloth? There isn’t any. They are piling “miracles” upon “miracles”.

Shroud of Turin: Could Ancient Earthquake Explain Face of Jesus? | LiveScience.

Even if it is theoretically possible for earthquake-generated neutrons to have caused this kind of reaction, the study doesn’t address why this effect hasn’t been seen elsewhere in the archaeological record, Gordon Cook, a professor of environmental geochemistry at the University of Glasgow, explained.

“It would have to be a really local effect not to be measurable elsewhere,” Cook told Live Science. “People have been measuring materials of that age for decades now and nobody has ever encountered this.”

Exactly. It smacks of people of faith making stuff up from wishful thinking. I’d go so far to say this is nonsense and should be discarded. This is speculation, not science. It’s a HUGE stretch. Also, doesn’t the earthquake neutron blast sort of make this less… miraculous?

As far as science is concerned, the shroud is dated around 1350 and NOT a holy relic. The evidence supports that conclusion.

Tip: Matt Crowley and Mark Riegel

  8 comments for “Shroud of Turin created by neutrons released by an earthquake?

  1. February 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    The original article published in Meccanica can be found at

    They’re suggesting that the principle reaction was the absorption of a neutron by Nitrogen-14 and its shedding of a proton to produce excess Carbon-14.

    This would be relatively easy to test thanks to the inverse square law, which means that if their paper is correct, we should see wildly varying C-14 readings along the length/width of the shroud (such as the three sub-pieces sampled in 1988), provided the source of the flux was not a neutron star* in the adjacent room. Also, other radiocarbon measurements would be out of whack, but not at the same rate or direction, as they have differing capture cross sections. It would be much less tidy than the authors seem to imagine.

    *okay, maybe not a neutron star, but any stellar inaccuracy introduced was totally worth the imagery.

  2. ItalianSkeptic
    February 13, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    This is the editorial board of Meccanica:
    Does anybody notice something strange?

  3. February 13, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    It is quite convenient that the perfect storm of conditions needed for this to occur, would have happened at that specific time, and never again.

  4. Poncho Villa
    February 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Nowhere mentioned in this article or its links is that the Church’s first record of the shroud is about the year 1360. Also it is failed to mention that in 1389 the Bishop of Troyes, that held local authority in such matters, stated it was the work of an artist.

  5. February 14, 2014 at 7:55 PM
  6. eddi
    February 15, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Self-publishing with peer review by his dad is it? My old man would have whacked me with a rolled-up tech manual if I told a whopper like that.

  7. eddi
    February 15, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    They are seeking technological confirmation of a miracle. Those with no faith in their faith are a sad sight indeed. Outright doubt is a braver stance.

  8. Artor
    February 15, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    I wonder how they can explain how the piezonuclear neutrons can penetrate a kilometer of rock, but still be affected enough by Jebus’s fleshy meat puppet to burn a detailed image onto linen? Is that something like how light traveled at a different speed in the past, allowing the universe to be 6000 years old?

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