Shroud of turin carbon dating mistake
The most interesting of these was my interview with the now deceased Dr.
Alan Adler; the scientist responsible for the investigation of the Blood on the Shroud. But we were also able to get a number of other tests for blood but also most importantly we did immunological tests for blood.
A) Well, what we did was to run not one test but a variety of tests for blood; we used one of the oldest known tests for blood forensically which was to see if one can generate the compound that produces the color of blood, this compound is called ' porphyrin' it is the same stuff that makes grass green. Not only have we gotten them but an Italian investigator has independently confirmed our tests and has also got immunological tests for blood. The tests we ran are more indicative than some of the tests that people routinely run.
Some of the tests that people run for blood depend on the blood being fresh, the tests that I ran where we detected the so-called porphyrin is a test that does not depend on the blood being fresh, it is now being used more by people for the arch metric detection of blood.
A) It sure does, because that is the thing we can't explain..a simple way.
We don't have any simple process that we have been able to find that would explain why an image is the particular type of image that we see! PJS) In hindsight looking back on the 1978 investigation is there anything that you feel was overlooked at that time; any particular test preformed at that time that should perhaps be looked at in the future.
It is very important that we established that it WASN'T a painting!
Actually, the tests that were done in ‘78 were really a very good set of tests; people made the best guesses they could, designed the best experiments they could design on the basis of that..we established a lot of things.
You see one of the things we can't prove is that it’s authentic! You don't have any tests for authenticity, we only have tests for dis-authenticity!
If we keep doing all these tests and we don't prove that it is dis-authentic..it is up to the historians, the theologians, the anthropology and the archaeology types to decide what they want to do with the data. Apparently, you see, the spectroscopy was done, the ultraviolet and the infrared spectroscopy, which was done on the whole cloth not just looking at a sample from it.
We actually found that you can accurately demonstrate 10,000 year old blood using this particular test, which many of the more recent tests will not.
From the immunological tests, we got positive results which is all I can say.