Forget about the image. Date the fabric. If it was from linen grown, spun and woven in 14th Cent Europe, it can't be authentic. All this takes is someone who understands textiles. And don't take your sample from the repaired patched area! Get a woman who can spin, weave and have her take a sample and give it to the scientists who can place the date of production. Linen is from the flax plant.
It turns out that like most everything else about the Shroud, it isn't so easy to prove, Mamzelle.
It was dated in 1988... and the tests reported a creation date between 1260 and 1390 AD... but the dating has now been proved to have been made of a mixture of original shroud material and a patch that had been invisibly rewoven into the sample area in the 16th Century. The proportions of the Dyed COTTON patching material mixed with original FLAX shroud material, resulted in a bogus dating.
posted on 04/10/2009 11:27:32 PM PDT
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The sample should be taken from warp threads in the selvedges. It wouldn't be close to the image.
posted on 04/12/2009 1:02:12 PM PDT
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