The Quest for the Turin
3-D image of the Turin Shroud
As part of their research for a television documentary dealing with scientific controversies concerning the
Turin Shroud, TempleofMysteries.com are examining various issues. Here's how you can help.
One of the most controversial claims concerning the Shroud image is that it contains "3-D information" that
allows a picture of the man whose body it wrapped to be reconstructed using nothing more than the image itself.
Such claims are based on the assumption that there is a direct relationship between the intensity of the image and
the distance between the cloth and the body wrapped within it. In other words, the darker the image, the closer
that part of the body was to the cloth, and the lighter the image the further away it was.
If true, this is a highly significant characteristic of the Shroud image. Paintings and photographs do not have
The 3-D claim was first made in 1976 by two physicists, and Shroud enthusiasts, who were working for the United
States Air Force, Drs John Jackson and Eric Jumper. They were later instrumental in setting up STURP. Jackson and
Jumper used a VP-8 image analyser, a (at that time) state-of-the-art piece of equipment that had been developed for
The American Shroud of
Turin Research Project
Jackson and Jumper's claims have gone largely unquestioned, by believers and sceptics alike, and are now part of
the accepted facts about the Turin Shroud. This is despite the fact that (as normally required for new scientific
data) the results were not reproduced and verified independently.
However, in the early 1990s, during their research into the Shroud, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince decided to
test this claim with the assistance of an image analysis expert and modern image processing software. They were
unable to produce the results that Jackson and Jumper, which led them to call the whole claim of 3-D information
Who is right?
Faced with the two conflicting claims, TempleofMysteries.com would like more, independent researchers to
try their hand, and see what they can find. This is what you do:
Scan the images of the face of the man of the Shroud.
Using any image analysis programs or techniques, see what results you can come up with.
Send us a report of your findings, giving details of your methods and the conclusions you reach, together with
copies of the images you obtain.
Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince, The Turin Shroud: In Whose Image?, paperback, 2000
Ian Wilson, The Blood and the Shroud, paperback, 1999
Ian Wilson & Barrie Schwortz, The Turin Shroud: The Ilustrated Evidence, hardback, 2000
Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas, The Second Messiah, paperback, 1998
Leoncio C. Garza-Valdes, The DNA of God : Newly Discovered Secrets, paperback, 2001
Keith Laidler, Divine Deception, paperback, 2001
Noel Currer-Briggs, Shroud Mafia, paperback, 1995
Rodney Hoare, The Turin Shroud Is Genuine, paperback, 1998
Negative of a shroud replica by Professor
The Shroud of Turin Website (Barrie M. Schwortz)
includes pages for British Society for the Turin Shroud
The Skeptical Shroud of Turin Website (McCrone Research Institute)
The Holy Shroud Guild
Turin Shroud Center of Colorado (founded by Dr John P.Jackson)
Web site of Professor Nicholas Allen.
Council for the Study of the Shroud of Turin
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