New Evidence for a 14th Century Shroud of Turin Date

Before you say, “well that’s obvious,” you should be aware that there is serious science behind the idea that the C-14 dating for the shroud is suspect due to contamination (see The DNA of God?: Newly Discovered Secrets of the Shroud of Turin; the author is a scientist who pioneered new techniques for detecting an organic bacterial coating that forms over time on ancient textiles — which would contaminate C-14 tests).

Here’s the new evidence. An art historian (Luciano Buso) claims to have found tell-tale signature clues that point to the Italian master Giotto as the creator of the image on the shroud. Giotto’s lifetime occurs well within the period in which the current C-14 dating places the shroud.

Another Aaarrrggghhh! Award Candidate: UFOs Influencing DaVinci!

It’s so hard for me to believer that any thinking person who claims to be doing research still trots this craptastic stuff out to the public.  We have yet again another PaleoBabbler claiming there are UFOs in Renaissance art. Not content to just have them there, now they are the influencers of Leonardo DaVinci.

For those new to PaleoBabble, in an earlier post I directed readers to a real art historian who’s looked into this.

I feel dumber just having to write about this subject.

The Crystal Skulls: Not Alien Relics (What a Shocker)

It just kills me how, when certain people find an impressive work of craftsmanship or art that appears old they conclude it must be alien.  “I couldn’t have made anything like that, and no one I know could have, either. They must have an extraterrestrial origin!”  Good grief.

Here’s a recent article on the crystal skulls, now immortalized in the title of the new Indiana Jones movie. Sorry, Indy, they weren’t made by ETs.

And yes, I’m going to see the movie.

UFOs in Religious Art? Nope.

Well, it isn’t the ancient world, but it still fits the kind of thing I’m doing on PaleoBabble. I keep getting links and emails related to the “compelling” evidence for UFOs in Renaissance art, so my annoyance meter has passed the tolerable level.

The UFOs in Renaissance art nonsense primarily extends from Matthew Hurley’s website. An informed rebuttal to this has been out on the web for some time, but it apparently hasn’t been widely discussed or circulated — likely due to the fact that most of it isn’t in English.

Art historian Diego Cuoghi (yes, a real art historian) has a website devoted to analyzing the paintings on Hurley’s website. Sorry, they aren’t extraterrestrials and space ships. The main site is here, but it’s in Italian.  But Parts 1 and 5 have been translated into English. I highly recommend them – very interesting and informative, but not for those who are fundamentalist ETH’ers (ExtraTerrestrial Hypothesis).

You definitely need high speed for all these images, too.