|Italy||TESTS SHOW SHROUD IS NOT A PAINTING|
The Shroud of Turin acquired its human image from a person's body, scientists said on Wednesday.
Tests carried out on the Shroud, which has been kept in Turin since 1578, showed that oxidation and dehydration and not a painting process had been responsible for the mysterious image.
The findings of a scientific symposium in Turin on the Shroud were announced in Paris, where it was confirmed that the relic would be displayed from 12 August to 22 Octover this year.
Prof Giovanni Maria Zaccone, vice-president of the Turin-based International Centre of Shroud Studies, said that traces of human sweat and blood revealed by new analysis implied that the relic was not a fake.
Traces of pollen from plants that grew in the region of Jerusalem were also found in the fabric. Although the symposium did not dispute the results of carbon-14 tests carried out by different centres in 1988 which dated it from the Middle Ages, it was agreed that testing might have been distorted by contamination of the fabric, for example by a fire.