Jerusalem: Remains of a burial shroud have been found in Jerusalem that is thought to be belonging to the era of Jesus Christ. The finding has raised doubts on the renowned Shroud of Turin which is popularly believed to be the cloth in which Jesus was buried.
The garment also reveals the oldest case of leprosy found in ancient Israel, according to a statement from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of several institutions whose researchers examined the burial cloth. Radiocarbon methods date the cloth to the years from 1 to 50 C.E.
While the Shroud of Turin is a single piece of cloth, the newly found piece is in two parts- head and rest of the body. It is of a simpler weave as compared to the Turin piece which uses the twill weave, something that experts say was invented a thousand years after Jesus. The Shroud of Turin is owned by the Vatican and bears an image said to be of Jesus.
The tomb where the new shroud has been found is part of a cemetery called the Field of Blood, where Judas Iscariot is said to have committed suicide.
Doubt have been often cast on the Shroud of Turin’s authenticity, citing scientific evidence such as radiocarbon testing that date it to medieval times.