Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2746

Full Length Research Paper

A possible hypothesis for correcting the radiocarbon age of the Shroud of Turin

Francisco Alconchel-Pecino
Department of Applied Physics, Superior Technical School of Industrial Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 July 2012
  •  Published: 30 July 2012



Three methods of calculation in Chemical Physics are used to study how the isotopic exchange could affect the radiocarbon age of the Shroud of Turin. The basic hypothesis is that a fire in the year 1532 caused an isotopic exchange reaction between the air and the fabric of linen. According to this model, molecules of carbon dioxide from the air exchanged isotopes  by isotopes  with the monomers of cellulose of linen. This would be the reason why the dating laboratories have measured a radiocarbon age of 600 years instead of 2000 years.


Key words: Shroud of Turin, physics, radiocarbon, hypothesis.