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The setting for the radiocarbon dating of the shroud

This tome makes the "Da Vinci Code" look downright lackluster: Rows of text scrawled on visibly aged parchment, flowing around intricately drawn illustrations depicting plants, astronomical charts and human figures bathing in – perhaps – the fountain of youth.

At first glance, the "Voynich manuscript" appears to be not unlike any other antique work of writing and drawing.

University of Arizona researchers have cracked one of the puzzles surrounding what has been called "the world's most mysterious manuscript" – the Voynich manuscript, a book filled with drawings and writings nobody has been able to make sense of to this day.

Using radiocarbon dating, a team led by Greg Hodgins in the UA's department of physics has found the manuscript's parchment pages date back to the early 15th century, making the book a century older than scholars had previously thought.

This is part #2, "Fraud a real possibility," of my "Steps in the development of my radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud hacker theory" series.

But is it possible that other undocumented repairs were made to the Shroud?conflicts with all the evidence that points to the Shroud having been in existence long before 1260'] is that a fraud was perpetrated ...Most sindonologists regard these fraud theories as plainly incredible ...According to hypothetical calculations performed by AMS laboratory, Beta Analytic, the world's largest radiocarbon dating service, the observed proportion of medieval material in relationship to assumed 1st Century material, closely matches the findings of the AMS Labs in 1988.It is well known and documented that the Shroud has been repaired several times in its history, including in the area from which the C-14 sample was taken.An alien language But a second, closer look reveals that nothing here is what it seems.Alien characters, some resembling Latin letters, others unlike anything used in any known language, are arranged into what appear to be words and sentences, except they don't resemble anything written – or read – by human beings.This paper, previously presented on August 28, 2000 at the Worldwide Congress "Sindone 2000" in Orvieto, Italy, presents evidence that the sample tested by the three AMS labs contained a "patch" of material from the 16th Century.The authors examine the theory that this extraneous material was skillfully spliced into the 1st Century original Shroud cloth in the C-14 sample used by the laboratories for testing.AD 1260-1390"[2] was the result of a computer hacking.For more information about this series see part #1, "Hacking an explanation & Index." Emphases are mine unless otherwise indicated.[Index] [Previous: Hacking an explanation & Index #1] [Next: My first use of the term "hacker" #3]Fraud a real possibility On 9 January 2014, six and a half years[Right (enlarge)[3]: The agnostic but pro- authenticist art historian Thomas de Wesselow's 2012 book on the Shroud, which pointed out that fraud was a real possibility in the 1260-1390 = 1325 ± 65 radiocarbon dating of the Shroud because, "Had anyone wished to discredit the Shroud, '1325 ± 65 years' is precisely the sort of date they would have looked to achieve." (see below).

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