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National Geographic on the Shroud of Turin

From National Geographic 1980:

[T]his treasured strip of linen cloth -- an object of veneration by millions -- is one of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times. It is, in fact, the focus of an intensive scientific investigation that reads like a mystery story. The curious blend of history and legend behind that story glitters with kings and dukes, crusaders and popes, and perhaps a consummately clever charlatan. The modern detectives probing the mystery include art historians, pathologists, linguists, biblical scholars, textile experts, chemists, physicists, and photographic specialists. Among the clues to the riddle are such bizarre items as a Roman whip, wizened specks of pollen, bones from a Jerusalem cemetery, and photographs enhanced by space-age instruments designed to study the moon and Mars.

 

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