Shroud Scope 6: is that transverse stitching across the dorsal view – or just an artefact of imaging?

Here’s an image of the dorsal view, at the level of those heavy bloodstains under the small of the back. Is that stitching I see? (Click on the picture to enlarge, then look at the fish-shaped stain just right of centre, then note the odd break in the pattern that runs across the entire width of photograph).  I have just put that question to Mario Latendresse on Dan Porter’s site, and will now give him a link to this posting


Shroud Scope view of Shroud dorsal image, approximately waist level with those curious rope or chain-like “bloodstains”. Click to enlarge.


As above, but with maximum contrast.

Close up of line of stitches (?) running left to right across the upper fish-shaped  dark region,  generally interpreted as  blood stain.

NB: once one knows where to look (Picture 3), it is actually  Picture 2 that is best to see the extent of the “stitching”, although a double click on the picture is needed for maximum enlargement. “Stitching” is almost certainly a misnomer, since the vertical threads appear to be continuous with the immediately adjacent diagonal ribs of the herringbone weave, above and below.

Update: 21:50 UK time, 17 June.

Here’s Mario’s prompt response to my enquiry

“From the photos you posted, this is certainly not a Shroud Scope artifact neither do I think it comes from scanning the image. I think it is a slight defect in the weaving of the cloth (as if the tension on the weft was not kept for a few centimeters) and not stitches.”

and my reply:

“Thanks Mario. I’m inclined to agree (and would not have bothered you with it, but for the fact that I could find nothing about that interruption in the weave pattern elsewhere).”


About Colin Berry

Retired science bod, previous research interests: phototherapy of neonatal jaundice, membrane influences on microsomal UDP-glucuronyltransferase, defective bilirubin and xenobiotic conjugation and hepatic excretion, dietary fibre and resistant starch.
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