Earthquake may explain Shroud of Turin mystery

An article by Alberto Carpinteri and a group of researchers in Springer's journal Meccanica suggests that an earthquake might explain the mystery of the famous Shroud of Turin, whose cloth has been carbon dated to the 13th century.

Carpinteri's team used mechanical and chemical experimentation to test if "high-frequency pressure waves generated in the Earth's crust during earthquakes are the source of neutron emissions" generated by high-frequency pressure wave created in the Earth's crust during earthquakes. "We believe it is possible that neutron emissions by earthquakes could have induced the image formation on the Shroud's linen fibres, through thermal neutron capture on nitrogen nuclei, and could also have caused a wrong radiocarbon dating," hypothesizes Carpinteri.