Where does science stand on the Shroud of Turin?
Sunday 26 September 2021, 4.00pm to 5.00pm BST
The Shroud of a Turin, one of the world’s most significant religious relics, has continued to baffle scientists. Was the Shroud used following Jesus’ crucifixion, or is it an archaeological find of another mortal man from the Middle Ages undergoing identical tortures? Professor Peter Wadhams will walk you through the science of radiocarbon dating the history of this archaeological find.
Join Professor Wadhams for an exclusive tour of the awe-inspiring Turin Cathedral, which houses the Shroud, and a sneak-peak of the behind-the-scenes scientific goings-on. Following the tour, Peter will be online for a live Q&A.
Professor Peter Wadhams (Churchill 1966 and Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall)
Professor Peter Wadhams ScD is a polar geophysicist who has worked on the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice and their disappearance due to climate change. He was Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and has led 55 expeditions to the polar regions. Peter’s unlikely connection to the Shroud of Turin began in 1990 when he won the Italgas Prize for Environmental Sciences. An executive of Italgas was also the founder of the Shroud Museum in Turin and interested in Peter’s perspective. Peter is now a member of the international Shroud Science Committee and is one of the ‘scientific guardians’ of the Shroud of Turin. Peter’s work and unique background have led to the application of new techniques to the study of this world-renowned relic.
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