There is an ironic twist in the C-14 story. Teddy Hall, who had stated about the shroud, “someone just got a bit of linen, faked it up and flogged it”, was the one responsible for exposing the Piltdown Man hoax.
The exposure of the Piltdown Man fossils as a fraud, and the debunking of the myth that the Turin Shroud had wrapped the body of Christ after the Crucifixion, were two of the triumphs of the remarkable scientist and inventor, Professor ET “Teddy” Hall, who has died aged 77.
The Piltdown Man was a paleoanthropological fraud in which bone fragments were presented as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human. Although there were doubts about its authenticity virtually from the beginning, the remains were still broadly accepted for many years, and the falsity of the hoax was only definitively demonstrated in 1953. An extensive scientific review in 2016 established that amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson was responsible for the fraudulent evidence.
Though Hall exposed the Piltdown man fraud and is also credited with “debunking of the myth that the Turin Shroud had wrapped the body of Christ after the Crucifixion”, he was actually fooled by invisible weave patch experts into thinking their sample from the TS was homogeneous.
When the Piltdown man hoax was uncovered in 1953, sophisticated chemical analysis techniques, developed in part by Teddy Hall, showed that skull fragments and other bone pieces had been expertly dyed to look older and match each other. This was done to fool people into thinking the bones were very old. People were fooled and many thought that the Piltdown man might be the missing link.
In the case of the Shroud of Turin, it was threads were dyed to look older and to match other threads. But it wasn’t the threads of the Shroud itself that were dyed. It was a small area in one corner of the Shroud where some mending threads had been dyed to look like the rest of the age-yellowed Shroud. Chemical analysis proves this. There is absolutely no doubt about that.