And because it was made famous, and because it will now be discussed, the related science of the Shroud will also get attention: From the article in Thermochimica Acta: "A linen produced in A. 1260 would have retained about 37% of its vanillin in 1978.The Raes threads, the Holland cloth [shroud’s backing cloth], and all other medieval linens gave the test for vanillin wherever lignin could be observed on growth nodes.
The painting claims are preposterous because other unimpeachable chemical studies prove that the images were not painted.The disappearance of all traces of vanillin from the lignin in the shroud indicates a much older age than the radiocarbon laboratories reported." The carbon 14 dating of the Shroud is famous because those who had difficulty accepting the results were ridiculed and called fanatics by tough-minded skeptics.On public television, a prominent Oxford scientist, Edward (Teddy) P.In the case of the Shroud it was the fibers of flax plants from which linen thread is made. And because scientists know the rate of decay, measured in half-lifes, they can calculate how old something is.When a plant or animal dies it no longer absorbs carbon. The current state of the technology is useful for dating things younger than 50,000 years.It should not be ignored because of the lessons to be learned.It cannot be ignored so long students raise hands and Google-check lecture notes.What ends up being tested is a mixture of old and new material which produces an average, meaningless carbon 14 age.No one seemed to consider, in 1988, that material intrusion might be a serious problem with the Shroud of Turin carbon 14 dating even though clues were there.The will ask why documented data was not considered.They will talk about the clues of material intrusion that were simply ignored.