They found that if one examined all the bloodstains on the shroud together, "you realize these cannot be real bloodstains from a person who was crucified and then put into a grave, but actually handmade by the artist that created the shroud,"study lead author Matteo Borrini, a forensic anthropologist at Liverpool John Moores University in England, told Live Science. For instance, two short rivulets of the blood on the back of the left hand of the shroud are only consistent with a person standing with their arms held at a degree angle.
In contrast, the forearm bloodstains found on the shroud match a person standing with their arms held nearly vertically. A person couldn't be in these two positions at once. The scientists did find that the bloodstains on the front of the chest did match those from a spear wound.
However, the stains on the lower back — which supposedly came from the spear wound while the body was positioned on its back — were completely unrealistic, they said. All in all, this research shows "how we can apply forensic techniques not only to new forensic cases, but also to ancient mysteries," Borrini said. Charles Q. Charles Q.
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The Shroud of Turin is believed by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. Originally published on Live Science.
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The Shroud of Turin is a foot long linen cloth which bears the mysterious image of a man who has been scourged and crucified. The impressions and bloodstains, which are somewhat shadowy and unclear, revealed an incredible detail and clarity when first photographed in Since then, hundreds of scientific researchers of all faiths have studied the cloth, using the analytic tools of over 25 areas of study.