Although the Vatican makes no claim on the shroud's authenticity as a relic, Pope Francis introduced a special TV appearance of the burial cloth on Holy Saturday. Very old bogs often contain miniscule roots from newer plants that grew in the peat. Sceptics have long argued that the shroud, a rectangular sheet measuring about 14ft by 3ft, is a forgery dating to medieval times. It was a small area in one corner of the Shroud where some mending threads had been dyed to look like the rest of the age-yellowed Shroud. Others contend that repeated handling of this kind greatly increased the likelihood of contamination by bacteria and bacterial residue compared to the newly discovered archaeological specimens for which carbon dating was developed. In the end, a compromise solution was reached with the so-called "Turin protocol",   which stated that:.
Higgs discovery rumour is denied.
Turin Shroud may have been created by earthquake from time of Jesus
He proposes that the samples used to date the shroud in were flawed and the experiment should be repeated. The official report of the dating process, written by the people who performed the sampling, states that the sample "came from a single site on the main body of the shroud away from any patches or charred areas. Grisly or glorious? Hall, who played a significant role in exposing the Piltdown man hoax and who participated in the carbon 14 dating of the Shroud, expressed his views openly: For all who use carbon 14 dating to study all manner of ancient objects, a period of careful reassessment is just beginning. In DecemberTimothy Julla member of the original radiocarbon-dating team and editor of the peer-reviewed journal Radiocarboncoauthored an article in that journal with Rachel A Freer-Waters.