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THE TURIN SHROUD BODY IMAGE: THE SCORCH HYPOTHESIS REVISITED

By Heimburger All

Abstract

Many years ago the possibility that the body image on the Turin Shroud (TS) could be the result of a light scorch made by a medieval forger had been studied. A hot statue or, better, a bas-relief should have been used. This hypothesis is mainly based on the fact that the body image color is the same as the color of the lightly scorched areas coming from the 1532 fire. The spectra (visible and UV) are also very similar (Gilbert and Gilbert). Several authors have studied this hypothesis both on theoretical and practical basis and the famous “hot statue ” hypothesis was at the heart of the dispute many years ago. Some more or less convincing reproductions of the face of the TS man were made using this technique. For different reasons (mainly to avoid obvious distortions) the only possibility for a forger to create an image resembling that of the TS man face is to use a bas relief (Jackson). However, most of the authors ruled out this hypothesis for different reasons mainly on the basis of macroscopic observations including 3D properties, fluorescence, and lack of superficiality of scorch images or comparison with lightly scorched areas on the Shroud. For a synthesis of the different scorch experiments, see Schwalbe and Rogers. One of the most important arguments against the scorch is related to UV fluorescence. It is wel

Year: 2013
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