Turin, Italy, Jul 14, 2017 / 01:30 am
New research indicates that the Shroud of Turin shows signs of blood from a torture victim, and undermines arguments that the reputed burial shroud of Jesus Christ was painted.
Very small particles attached to the linen fibers of the shroud "have recorded a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped up in the funeral cloth," said Elvio Carlino, a researcher at the Institute of Crystallography.
These particles, called "nanoparticles," had a "peculiar structure, size and distribution," said University of Padua professor Giulio Fanti.
And the nanoparticles are not typical of the blood of a healthy person. Rather, they show high levels of substances called creatinine and ferritin, found in patients who suffer forceful multiple traumas like torture.