The only trouble is that that there's no reason to think it is true.While Carpinteri's team claim to have observed high levels of neutrons after crushing rocks, "the experiments are badly described and no other groups have been able to reproduce them so far," nuclear engineer Ezio Puppin told Nature in 2012.The idea is that an earthquake shortly after Jesus' crucifixion released a large burst of neutrons, which both created the image on the shroud, and increased the number of carbon-14 isotopes (the ones used in radiocarbon dating) in the material. The claims are based on "piezonuclear fission", a pet theory of the paper's lead author, Professor Alberto Carpinteri - that crushing solids (like rocks) can cause atoms to split and release neutrons.This would explain why the radiocarbon dating of the shroud suggests it was created in the 13th or 14th century (which matches when the shroud first appears in historical records). If this was true, you'd expect an event like an earthquake to release loads of neutrons.My emphasis)"It's fair to say that, despite the seemingly definitive tests in 1988, the status of the Shroud of Turin is murkier than ever. You'll notice that this says nothing about its authenticity. two-faced, of the Vatican to refuse to confirm or deny that the Shroud is authentic.Not least, the nature of the image and how it was fixed on the cloth remain deeply puzzling." (Ball, P., 2008, "Material witness: Shrouded in mystery," Nature Materials, Vol. The Catholic Church takes no official position on that, stating only that it is a matter for scientific investigation. By its actions of spending the equivalent of tens (if not hundreds) of millions of dollars preserving the Shroud and exhibiting it to millions of people as though it is authentic, the Vatican clearly does believe that the Shroud is authentic, so it should say so.
Alberto Carpinteri himself isn't a physicist, seismologist, or archaeologist - he's a structural engineer. It doesn't really bother with pesky things like "making testable predictions" or "gathering experimental evidence".A piece of cloth is not generally recognised as an especially useful medium to record neutron images on.The Daily Mail report says that the Politecnico di Torino, where Professor Carpinteri works, is "a well respected Italian University," which it may well be - but they neglect to say that it's an engineering school.It's correlated with - and checked against - numerous other dating methods.
If the carbon dating of items from Jerusalem around 33AD was inaccurate due to a radioactive earthquake, we might just have noticed that other carbon-dated artefacts from there didn't match the dates derived from other methods.Why would he go to all the trouble of a hot or cold statue/bas relief, or hanging a dead body in the sun in a camera obscura room, etc, etc, when the simplest and easiest way to forge a front and back image of Jesus' dead body would have been to paint it?