There is a huge backlog of material that I have included in this update, so let's get started.
As part of our 40th anniversary celebration we are making the original Test Plan, formally titled, Operations Test Plan For Investigating the Shroud of Turin by Electromagnetic Radiation at Various Wavelengths, available online to everyone for the very first time.Needless to say, that put me far behind in everything, including updating this site, so your patience is appreciated.As I mentioned in our last update, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the first ever in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud of Turin by the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) on October 8-13, 1978.I think the expressions on everyone's faces indicate there was a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment amongst all those involved. Luigi Gonella was the Scientific Advisor to the Archbishop of Turin in 1978 and still held that position ten years later, during the radiocarbon dating of the Shroud.Physicist Eric Jumper, then of the Air Force Academy, was the co-founder of the STURP team. Jose Cottino was titled the "Keeper of the Shroud" and held one of the three keys to its reliquary. Adam Otterbein was President of the Holy Shroud Guild that acted as our liason with Turin and King Umberto.