Originally posted by RJHinds
Is it possible to accurately date old dried up blood with the Carbon 14
process? They claim there was type AB blood detected on the Shroud
of Turin. If it is possible, then I would think that would be the best
thing to try and date on the Shroud of Turin.
Not exactly a given that blood would be from the original "owner". This Shroud, as I understand it, has been traipsed around everywhere in the hands of counts, dukes, wayfarers, circus clowns, nuns, pixies, and Martians. It's been rescued from fires, patched, handled, paraded about, stored in tombs -- anyone could have bled on the thing at any time, especially during the time or two it was rescued from fires.
And pollen. It's been exposed to ambient air innumerable times, probably at all times of the year in all sorts of places, so pollen contamination is inevitable. I bring this up because pollen in the linen has been analyzed to death among other things.