Shroud turin dating radiocarbon
A relatively small amount of carbon monoxide (roughly 2% of the carbon in the linen) could alter the age of the sample by a thousand years.
This is the only contamination hypothesis which could affect the radiocarbon age of the Shroud enough to allow it to be 2000 years old.
I am an Australian evangelical Christian in my 70s.I am persuaded by the evidence that the Shroud of Turin is the burial sheet of Jesus Christ and bears His crucified and resurrected image. This is part #4 of my concluding summary of the evidence that the 1988 radiocarbon dating of the Shroud of Turin as "mediaeval ...AD 1260-1390" was the result of a computer hacking, allegedly by Arizona radiocarbon dating laboratory physicist Timothy W.These initial tests show no significant reaction - even though the sensitivity of the measurements is sufficient to detect contamination that would offset the age by less than a single year.This is to be expected and essentially confirms why this sort of contamination has not been considered a serious issue before.Christopher Ramsey, head of the Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit reacting to the carbon monoxide contamination hypothesis: The hypothesis put forward in the film is that the linen of the Shroud might have been contaminated by carbon monoxide.Unlike most contaminants, carbon monoxide is naturally enriched in radiocarbon when found in the environment and would therefore in principle be able to alter the radiocarbon age significantly.The Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit has been collaborating with John Jackson's team to test the reaction rates.So far the linen samples have been subjected to normal conditions (but with very high concentrations of carbon monoxide).Linick (1946-89), aided by German hacker Karl Koch (1965–89), on behalf of the former Soviet Union, through its agency the KGB.Previous posts in this series were parts: #1, #2 and #3.