THE POLITICS OF THE RADIOCARBON DATING OF THE TURIN SHROUD
Part II: Day of the Sample Extraction, April 21st, 1988
JOSEPH G. MARINO
*Originally published: June 1, 2016
*Most recent update: September 9th, 2016
This part focuses on the day that the Shroud samples were actually taken. A few comments made on other days pertinent to the specifics of the sample-taking have been added. As I was working on this part, I learned about a doctoral dissertation by one H. Laverdiere, from 1989, just one year after the test. Many of the principals involved in the testing had been interviewed by that author, so there is now an additional valuable source being incorporated. There is one specific entry based on the Laverdiere dissertation here. The dissertation has much pertinent information regarding the politics, but without specific dates. Since this Part 2 is so much shorter than what Part 1 was and what Part 3 will be, I’ve decided to add an appendix at the end of this Part 2 to cite the relevant undated material (as well as a few dichotomies uttered before and after the sample-taking). Part 3 will deal with the aftermath of the testing. Relevant dated material from the dissertation will also be added to Parts 1 and 3. As with part 1, when I add any updates, I will list the date of the most recent update and annotate in the text what new material has been added. I would like to thank Cindy Sheltmire for various suggestions for this part. The author can be contacted at JMarino240@aol.com.
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