Research radiocarbon dating and the shroud of turin
It is actually the full word-processed manuscript I submitted, converted to PDF, whereas the hardcopy version in the Newsletter has been slightly abbreviated.I will later blog in my January Shroud News about the new items on Barrie's site, including those in the BSST Newsletter.
The terms used in the columns of the journal Nature were unusual and inadequate for a scientific article, given that “over the centuries, science has progressed questioning the results acquired previously”.
This might be accomplished in a few hours, using the `hand picking' microscope technique ...
Molecular dating" of the pure cellulose fraction of the Shroud, or of the associated pollen, could furnish an interesting consistency test for the published radiocarbon date.
One reason given was that it was thought that too many of the precious pollen grains would have to be destroyed in the process and it had not been realised that advances in AMS radiocarbon dating had made dating of single pollen grains possible (see below).
Another reason may be that in science it is often that an outsider first thinks of a new approach, or first takes it seriously enough to publicly propose it, because it is `outside the box' of what researchers in that field are concentrating on.