Lecture explores legendary Turin Shroud, which could show the face of Jesus Christ

PUBLISHED: 15:50 25 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:50 25 October 2013

Turin Shroud

Turin Shroud


The controversial Turin Shroud, believed by some to be the image of Jesus Christ, will be discussed at a lecture in Hatfield.

The length of linen which has imprinted on it the image of a bearded man, who appears to have suffered physical trauma consistent with crucifixion, is one of the most contentious items in history.

Some contend the shroud is a fake created in the Middle Ages, while devotees revere it as a religious relic touched by the son of God.

Carbon dating showed the shroud to be a medieval forgery.

Starting with that assumption, Dr Jonathan Allday will explore an interest from his teenage years and see if there are rational reasons to doubt the carbon dating.

His lecture The Turin Shroud in the Lindop Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, will re-examine the mythos surrounding the ancient artefact.

A spokesman said: “Dr Allday will discuss physical features of the shroud and its image, as well as historical evidence, to see if there are any rational reasons to doubt the carbon dating.”

The event takes place on November 6 at 7pm.

All are welcome to attend, those wishing to do so should email d.crann@herts.ac.uk or phone 07770 444614.

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