Italian scientists claim to have discovered evidence that a “supernatural” event was responsible for forming the image on the fabled Shroud of Turin, thought by many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
After years of attempting to replicate the coloring found on the shroud, a similar image has finally been created by the team of experts.
They were only able to do so, however, by scorching equivalent linen material with high-intensity ultraviolet lasers, refuting other research that claims that the Shroud of Turin is a medieval hoax.
Such technology, say researchers from the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), was much too advanced for medieval forgers, whom most experts have credited with creating the famous garment.
“The results show that a short and intense burst of UV directional radiation can colour a linen cloth so as to reproduce many of the peculiar characteristics of the body image on the Shroud of Turin,” they said.
As for the amount of energy required to create such distinct marks, the ENEA makes it clear that, “this degree of power cannot be reproduced by any normal UV source built to date.”
A statement by lead researcher, Dr. Paolo Di Lazzaro, said: “If our results prompt a philosophical or theological debate, these conclusions we’ll leave to the experts; to each person’s own conscience.”