Compare and contrast radiocarbon dating and thermoluminescence smsdating
Finally, the original sample was taken at the junction of the side strip (believed by some scholars to be a later addition) and the (selvage?
But among specialists who frequently make use of the test, it is not considered as a method which produces an "absolute date" for every sample that can be measured.
Several C-14 dating proposals are now under consideration by the Archbishop of Turin.
In contrast to these positive developments, however, there appears to be an unhealthy consensus approaching the level of dogma among both scientific and lay commentators, that C-14 dating will "settle the issue once and for all time."This attitude sharply contradicts the general perspective of field archaeologists and geologists, who view possible contamination as a very serious problem in interpreting the results of radiocarbon measurement.
There is consensus now that, had the testing been allowed, it would have been the cause of great controversy regardless of the results.
Yet Gove, in urging the release of the Raes samples, wrote that "at long last, the Shroud of Turin's true age will be established in the near future." Before considering the recent proposals for dating the cloth, it is useful to survey the major problems routinely encountered in the field of C-14 dating.In this paper I shall examine the issue of the reliability of C-14 testing to produce an "absolute date" on the linen sheet known as the Holy Shroud of Turin and believed by some to be the gravecloth of Christ.