ICST-2017: July 19 to 22

TRAC Center 660 Burden Blvd. in Pasco, Washington State, USA

This website is devoted to promoting a better understanding of the Shroud of Turin through research, conferences, and presentations. Of special importance now is the upcoming "International Conference on the Shroud of Turin" (ICST-2017) to be held July 19 to 22 at the large TRAC center at 6600 Burden Blvd in Pasco in Washington state (not Washington D.C.). This conference will include the latest research and new evidence on the history, DNA, pollen, image formation, and dating, including carbon dating or radiocarbon dating. As currently planned, 31 Shroud researchers from the US, Italy, Spain, France, and Australia will make 50 presentations on their latest historical and scientific research, for a total of 35 hours of presentations and panel discussions. The Shroud of Turin only goes on exhibit in Turin, Italy, so it will not be at the conference but a full-size replica of the Shroud of Turin will be present. Everyone is invited to come to the conference and Wednesday evening (July 19) 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm is free. The sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (July 20 to 22) will be from 7:45 am to 9:30 pm, with lunch and dinner catered into the conference. Please register on this website for these days.

Summary Description of the Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin, also called the Turin Shroud, is a burial cloth that has been in Turin, Italy, since 1578, and has a well-documented history back to about 1355. The amazing thing about this burial cloth is that it contains full size good resolution images of the front and back of a naked man that was crucified exactly as the New Testament says that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, yet the images do not contain pigment, and are not the result of a scorch or a photographic process. When put on display in Turin, Italy, which usually occurs several times each century, millions of people file past the Shroud and see the images of the crucified man. Long standing tradition claims that the Shroud of Turin is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus. Ancient documentation and a variety of ancient coins and artistic works are consistent with this view. The scientific investigation of the Shroud began in 1898 when Secondo Pia took the first photograph of the Shroud which revealed that the image was a good resolution negative image. It has now been scientifically studied for over 115 years making it the most studied ancient artifact in existence. This scientific research has shown that the characteristics of the image are so unique that it could not be the result of a human agent, either an artist or forger, because the technology to create this image did not exist in any previous era and still does not exist even today. Based on this scientific research, the general consensus of Shroud researchers is that the Shroud wrapped the dead body of a real human being that was crucified, and that in some way this body encoded front and back images of itself onto the inside of the Shroud.​

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