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Radiocarbon dating and the word of god

In 1988, three radiocarbon dating tests dated a corner piece of the shroud from the Middle Ages, between the years 12, which is consistent with the shroud's first known exhibition in France in 1357.

The debate, however, is not likely to subside, for archaeology is a field notable for its lengthy quarrels among partisans, however scientific they may be.

The latest evidence comes from Israeli and Dutch archaeologists and physicists after seven years of digging at a historic site called Tel Rehov.

The carbon-14 (C-14) levels in these samples were measured using Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS).

The resultant C-14 ages obtained from these samples were consistently in the 22,000 - 39,000 years range.

The origins of the shroud and its images are the subject of intense debate among theologians, historians and researchers.

Diverse arguments have been made in scientific and popular publications claiming to prove that the cloth is the authentic burial shroud of Jesus, based on disciplines ranging from chemistry to biology and medical forensics to optical image analysis.

Many Christians have been led to distrust radiometric dating and are completely unaware of the great number of laboratory measurements that have shown these methods to be consistent.