We presently stand at a unique point in history and face a great scientific challenge. Extensive scientific tests and experiments have been conducted on the Shroud of Turin and its samples over the last four decades, along with a wealth of medical, archaeological and historical examinations throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. These investigations have yielded a wide array of objective and independent evidence that the Shroud of Turin appears to have wrapped a
dead human male who had intimate contact throughout both sides of this burial cloth. This man was beaten about the head and face. He was scourged throughout his body with a Roman flagrum and crowned with a bundle of sharp pointed objects or thorns.
He had broad excoriated areas across the back of his shoulders, endured falls and was crucified. After dying in the crucifixion
position, he was pierced in the side by a Roman lancea causing blood and watery fluid to flow from the wound. Afterward his body was wrapped in a linen shroud and appears to have been buried according to detailed Jewish burial customs in the same rock shelf in which Jesus was reputed to have been buried. All of these events appear to have occurred in Jerusalem in the spring of the first century.
Within two to three days of having been wrapped in the
Shroud, the body left the cloth in a mysterious manner.