Relic, Icon or Hoax?: Carbon Dating the Turin Shroud, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Relic, Icon or Hoax?

Carbon Dating the Turin Shroud, 1st Edition

By Harry E Gove

CRC Press

336 pages

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Interest in the Turin Shroud continues to the present day even though it was finally carbon dated in 1988 and shown not to be of an age consistent with Christ's burial. Scientifically, the age of the shroud cloth is of little consequence, but to the general public, it is of considerable significance.

The author Harry E. Gove is a co-inventor of accelerator mass spectrometry and was responsible for its use in establishing whether the Turin Shroud could have been Christ's burial cloth. Relic, Icon or Hoax?: Carbon Dating the Turin Shroud presents an eyewitness account of the events that culminated in the final determination of the age of the linen cloth of the Turin Shroud and some of the subsequent reactions to the results. The book discusses the application of accelerator mass spectrometry to the carbon dating of the Turin Shroud using samples only a few square centimeters in area and weighing only a few tens of milligrams.


"This is a fascinating and unusual book; it is a very personal memoir, and it provides a rare window into the sometimes surprising workings of both science and religion."

-D. Allan Bromley, Professor of Science and Dean of Engineering, Yale University and President Elect of the American Physical Society

"This extraordinary book recounts the drama and intrigues involved in carbon dating the Shroud of Turin with a frankness usually found only in the pages of a diary. Required reading."

-Dorothy Crispino, Editor and Publisher, Shroud Spectrum International

"… a very readable and worthwhile book."

-De La Salle University, Philippines

Table of Contents

Foreword by D. Allen Bromley, Yale University, President-elect of the American Physical Society, and former scientific adviser to the U.S. President


An Introduction to the Turin Shroud and to Carbon Dating

The 1978 International Congress on the Shroud

Interactions with STURP

Interlab Tests, Trondheim, Preparations for the Turin Workshop

The Postponement Frenzy

The Turin Workshop

Dating Delay

Dating Labs Announced, Unity Attempts

Laboratories Accept, Samples Removed from Shroud

Shroud Dated, Public Rumors of a 14th-Century Date

Results Announced, Reactions

Cast of Characters



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SCIENCE / Physics