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We will examine the question. Is the Shroud of Turin a real linen cloth that bears the image of the crucified Jesus or is it a medieval artifact?


A historical backgrounder on the Shroud of Turin, believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus.

The Shroud

"The Shroud of Turin is either the most awesome and instructive relic of Christ in existence or it is one of the most ingenious, most unbelievably clever products of the human mind and hand on record. It is one or the other, there is no middle ground." -Historian John Walsh

This Proves that Jesus was alive after Crucifixion.

Programme to assist in developing arguments

Promote critical thinking and spark classroom discussions.

The Showing Evidence Tool provides a scaffold to support students as they create a claim and then support or refute it with appropriate evidence.

Showing Evidence 2012, Intel Corporation, accessed 31 October 2012, <>.

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Is the Shroud a fourteenth-century artifact or a first-century archaeological object?

The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. Many people around the world believe the face on the Shroud is that of Jesus of Nazareth. Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax created by a very clever artist? During the past forty years scientists have completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is, in fact, the single most studied object in human history, and we know more about it today than we ever have before.
In the early 1980s the actual Shroud itself was made available for the most detailed scientific analysis. Carbon dating tests suggested its origin was from the Middle Ages - that it was a forgery. However more recent tests have contradicted this.

The question? THE TASK

A Courtroom Drama will be established to examine the question- 

Is the Shroud of Turin a real linen cloth that bears the image of the crucified Jesus or is it just a medieval artifact? 

As a member of the class you decide which one of the groups you wish to be part of :-

Prepare a case for the Prosecution and the Defence. 

The Prosecution...... Will argue that it's just a medieval artifact

The Defence  .......... Will argue the Shroud of Turin is a real linen cloth that bears the image of the crucified Jesus

All Job Descriptions (click)

The Prosecution and Defence ( click ) Job Descriptions: 

The Prosecution and Defence timing (click)....... Roles

The Jury  (click)The "Jury" group will set up the room and the process. 2 Lessons will be allocated to the courtroom drama itself. Witnesses will be will be called up and cross-examined, expert evidence will be offered by the Prosecution and the Defense, the two cases will be summed up and the jury will consider it's verdict.


Witnesses, security guards, video camera reporters, clerk of court, press reporters -ROLES. Design and produce “props” for your particular role (eg, security guards design and produce an ID badge), court reporters do small interviews of various people involved by first designing questions and then working with the video camera operators to conduct interviews with individuals. This could be done outside the class room whilst others do their internet research. Book Flip cameras through the Library AV . 


Proof that the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ

Students work 2012

Carbon dating press conference

New York Times International - Tuesday, Aug 3 1999
An analysis of pollen grains and plant images taken from the Shroud of Turin, believed by millions of Christians to be the burial shroud of Jesus, places the cloth's origin in or near Jerusalem before the 8th century, scientists said. The finding contradicts an earlier study that concluded the cloth was most likely a Medieval forgery.

Right: Professor Hall & Dr. Tite at the 1989 carbon dating press conference. "95% confidence in Medieval dates posted." (photo: D. Telegraph)