Can a 6,000-year-old shroud uncovered in the Judean Desert in 1993 help illuminate the centuries-old debate over the Shroud of Turin? That is the question posed by Olga Negnevitsky, a conservator at the Israel Museum who was involved in the conservation of the lesser-known shroud for the Antiquities Authority after it was discovered inside a small cave near Jericho.The idea to use the older shroud to learn more about the famous one came to Negnevitsky this week after she listened to an address on the Shroud of Turin at the International Art Conference in Jerusalem on the conservation of cultural and environmental heritage."If we reexamine the [Jericho] shroud with all the latest modern technology, then maybe we will find out more information that will help solve the secrets of the Shroud of Turin," Negnevitsky said Wednesday.The finely-decorated shroud, which is 7 meters by 2 m., was found by Israeli archeologists at the entrance to what has been dubbed the Cave of the Warrior, during a search for additional Dead Sea Scrolls near Wadi el-Makkukah.
finding biblical scrolls, the archeologists stumbled on the
6,000-year-old tomb of a nobleman whose body was wrapped in an
elaborate linen shroud.
The skeleton was accompanied by a long flint blade, wooden bowls, sandals of thick leather, and bows.
The shroud, like the Shroud
of Turin, had signs of blood on it, likely from a wound suffered bythe
bandaged warrior, Negnevitsky said.
preservation, the shroud was displayed at the American Museum of
Natural History in New York in 1998 and then at the Israel Museum in
2003 before being placed in the storeroom of the Antiquities Authority
in Jerusalem, she said.
The Shroud of Turin is a
linen cloth, about 4.3 m.
long and 90 cm. wide, that is kept in a
cathedral in Turin, Italy. It bears the faint image of a blood-covered
man and is believed by some to be Jesus's burial cloth.
A 1998 radiocarbon test dated the cloth from some time between 1260 and 1390 CE, ruling out any connection with Jesus.
Other studies suggested
that the radiocarbon test was flawed and that the shroud was anywhere
from 1,300 to 3,000 years old. Researchers at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem have said thatpol......
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