Perhaps the most compelling evidence for authenticity comes from the anatomical and forensic detail. Examination was made possible when the first photographs were made available. This clip below comes from The Silent Witness and was filmed in the Los Angeles mortuary after Labour Day weekend. (This explains the queue of corpses in the corridor. )
The only archaeological evidence of crucifixion comes from a 1st Century Jerusalem tomb. A surviving heel bone, pictured right, has a single nail in the same position as it is on the Shroud. (Far right)
Medical experts are among the most numerous of professionals persuaded by the evidence that, whatever the Shroud is, it is definitely an anatomically and forensically correct depiction of a victim of a Roman crucifixion. This is given added weight by the confirmation that the blood itself is real blood although it is too old for current techniques to determine details such as gender or race or to deduce anything meaningful from the DNA. Return to the Investigation page.