After numerous years of speculation, the famous Shroud of Turin, which is said to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, might actually be stained with blood.

According to researchers at the Institute of Crystallography, the remnants of blood “have recorded a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped in the funeral cloth.” Analyzing small particles on the cloth, scientists were able to tell the blood particles were from someone who had physically suffered because of the particle’s structure, size and distribution.

Evidence is still not conclusive on whether or not the shroud is the one used to bury Jesus after his crucifixion. In 1988, the shroud was radio carbon dated to between the years of 1260-1390 A.D., which is later than the burial of Jesus in 30 A.D. The blood stains were compared to the patterns of blood stains of a normal person.

“Hence, the presence of these biological nanoparticles found during our experiments point to a violent death for the man wrapped in the Turin Shroud,” said University of Padua professor Giulio Fanti.

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