Have somehow managed to overlooked this somewhat inconspicuous “About” tab since starting up the site in Feb 2012! Will try to rectify that omission sometime in the next few days with a brief, indeed minimalist biographical snapshot! Why? Cos’ it’s not about me; it’s about that allegedly supernatural Linen! I say it’s a whole body imprint of a naked male, fabricated in the mid 14th century as a rival to the then-fabled Veil of Veronica, made to look as if it had been Joseph of Arimathea’s transport linen, deployed in stretcher mode between cross and tomb, the bodily negative sweat imprint (+blood) seemingly yellowed with centuries of age…
Colin Berry (PhD), retired biomedical scientist, Herts, UK
Aug 17, 2019
PS: for thems as is interested I did a (defensive) posting on my lifetime research credentials way back in Nov 2013. Dan Porter picked it up on his shroudstory site:
My two other websites:
Dreams and Daemons (mainly 2006-2007)
Sussing Stonehenge (and Silbury Hill) 2012-current
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Hi Collin, not sure if you answered this before… but why don’t we see many more instances of images on shrouds, cloths, etc…?
It took me a while to track down where on my site your comment appeared, having only an email notification to go on initially. OK, so it’s under the “About” tab – I wasn’t aware it invited comments, thus the discovery that there’s an unanswered one from back in 2014!
There’s no simple, self-evident answer to your question, which rephrased might be “Why is the Turin Shroud a ‘one-off’?”. But there’s a hint of an answer to be found if you go into the history of the Lirey chapel pre-1355 (first display of the Shroud). It was set up to begin with by a gift of land from Geoffroy de Charny’s comrade-in-arms, heir to the King of France, who, on becoming KIng himself, showered honours on his loyal but cash-strapped lieutenant, prompted in no small part by their sharing high-minded knightly ideals and a strong sense of religious piety.
To cut a long story short, I believe the Shroud was initially created as a sure-fire attraction for ailment-afflicted and indulgence-seeking pilgrims, initially billed as a ‘realistic icon’ to represent Joseph of Arimathea’s linen. But when Geoffrey was killed at the Battle of Poitiers, his widow saw the potential in immediately upgrading an icon to “genuine relic”. The local bishop of Troyes. Henri de Poitiers, having initially approved the “icon” description, was quickly on the case. Banning the display for some 30 years allowed knowledge of its real provenance to gradually fade from public view, even assuming that the technology was ever known outside of the tight circle of 5 or 6 clerics appointed as ‘stewards’ (and in all probability covert part time icon-manufacturers) to Geoffroy’s VERY private chapel, well off the beaten track until acquiring its star attraction.
Later stewards of the celebrated “Shroud” ( widow Jeanne de Vergy’s descendants and later still, under post-sale House of Savoy ownership) had a strong incentive to keep the innovative image-making technology under wraps, again assuming they were ever privy to the details.
Good day Colin, I’ve been reading your blog and you’ve revealed things to me I never knew about the shroud given all the hype thats out there. Just wanted your opinion on something. What do you make of the “second face” on the reverse side claim. I’ve heard even some pro-shroud people deny it. Do you have a post about it? Thanks.
Any chance you could copy-and-paste your comment to the end of a posting,e.g. current, in addition to “About” (which does not get to be seen except by the few who click on that tab)?
I’ll be back later with a tentative response to your question, hopefully visible as a ‘Recent Comment”. In the meantime, have you seen the entry that Mario Latendresse added to the Home Page of his site on September 20, 2016 (scroll down a bit) together with two useful images?
I would take issue with his claim that there’s NO image visible on the opposite side of the linen. The hair especially is faintly visible in Fig.2:
Something you could reply to in my copied comment on your post:
But, is the second face something that’s inexplicable by a scorch or bas relief? Or inexplicable by science?
Dear Dr Berry, I can’t find a personal email address so I’m writing here to ask your permission to use 3 photographs and a paragraph of text from your blog on my blog, please? I’m a Christian and writing a piece (not published yet) about how the Turin Shroud was NOT used to bury Jesus. I find your information about there being no such thing as 3D coding on 2D images fascinating and would love to convey this information to others. I would give you all the credit, of course, and provide links to your wordpress blog. I could email you a screenshot of how the blog page would look with your information on it. Best wishes.
Thank you for the appreciative comment Marisa. Feel free to use whatever material you wish from my blog. I in turn look forward to seeing yours in due course, especially the draft page – if only to see it sooner rather than later.
My own blog site is now essentially complete, having settled on my flour-imprinting Model 10. But I still feel roused by what I see on other sites. Are you aware of Spencer McDaniel’s one-off TS posting ?
I discovered it some time after it was posted some 16 months ago but have since left numerous comments, the most recent one being just yesterday! Spencer himself never responds to my comments!
Collin I was wondering when and where did you get your phd? And where you a commercial chemist or a research chemist? And why did you get involved with the Shroud and Stonehenge in the first place? You said it was because of mass media yellow page journalism. But so much is pushed by them like UFOS GMO hysteria ect ect. Why did you pick such niche topics?
Here’s a listing , jp , under Google Scholar to my most-often cited (single author) paper from 1986, i.e. having acquired 619 literature citations thus far.
It was done while I was Head of Nutrition and Food Safety at the Flour Milling and Baking Research Association at Chorleywood, UK, then under the directorship of Professor Brian Spencer (previously Dublin University, biochemistry).
I gained a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from University College London in 1970. After a 2 year stint in the States as a Research Specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital Medical School ( phototherapy of neonatal jaundice) I returned to the UK to do my PhD (1972-75) at Royal Free Hospital Medical School under Terry Hallinan ((membrane regulation via UDP-NAG-controlled compartmentation of hepatic conjugation via UDP-GT). That was followed by a 3 year Wellcome Trust Interdisciplinary-Linked post-doc appointment to Royal Free’s Hospital’s Medical Unit, collaborating with Prof. Barbara Billing of bilirubin fame.. I then took up an appointment at FMBRA initially as a Principal Scientific Officer (senior quasi-civil servant, with direct Government funding to do research into long-term effects of cereal dietary fibre, especially as a protection against bowel disorders including cancer. Cereal DF (wheat bran) proved effective in a lifespan feeding trial with some 1800 Wistar rats!
I gave up my mix of academic/commercial research at FMBRA in 1990, having been warned it was shortly to fold through changes in Govt funding policy, and decided to return to an older career interest (teaching science at UK and Ghana secondary schools).
It was the claims hitting newspaper headlines in late 2011 emanating from an Italian Government laboratory (“ENEA”) no less to the effect that uv lasers and their radiation were able to match the colour of the TS body image that caught my interest as a retiree. Those claims were used to promote the dubious “radiational photography” pro-authenticity thinking re the TS. Closer reading raised hackles, given the pseudoscience (notably absence of chemical details – mere eyeball colouring, assumption that negative images were exclusively the product of ‘selfie’ photography etc. !). I reported my Model 1 “(“thermostencilling”) in Dec 2011 on my sciencebuzz site, setting up a this specialist website a couple of months later. Models 2-10 were reported over the next few years as an online learning curve, with well over 3000 comments posted to Dan Porter’s shroudstory site.
I trust this summary assists in establishing my credentials as a fully-qualified, nose-on-grindstone experimental scientist, especially interested in ground-breaking models, ones that develop experimentally-based new angles, fresh insights etc which I consider to be the essence of REAL SCIENCE!
PS: See also Dan Porter’s posting from late 2013 entitled “Colin Berry’s Credentials”.
Sir, I have been studying the Shroud intensely for over 11 years. If you want the truth about it contact me through my e-mail. It will open your eyes to what most don’t see. I promise. I hope you’re in good health during these trying times.
There’s a lack of openness in the above comment of yours, onelyetc, which I find a little puzzling, indeed disturbing. You’ve withheld your real identity, you’ve given no clue as to your viewpoint. As such I’m reluctant as yet to enter into email correspondence.
Try giving a fuller comment maybe – even if you wish to remain anonymous – for reasons one can only guess at…