Shroud of Turin expert Russ Breault will speak at East Carolina University at 8 p.m. April 11 in Hendrix Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
Breault will present The Shroud Encounter, a CSI-style, multi-media presentation that will examine the mysteries, science and controversy surrounding the world’s most analyzed artifact. Breault has been researching and lecturing on the shroud for 25 years.
He has been featured in several national documentaries including “Mysteries of the Ancient World” on CBS and on the Discovery Channel, Learning Channel and National Geographic. Most recently, he appeared in the Emmy-nominated, “The Real Face of Jesus,” a two-hour documentary on The History Channel.
National Geographic has called the shroud, “One of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times.” A team of 40 scientists in 1981 concluded it was not the work of an artist. The blood on the shroud is AB positive with human DNA. No attempt at replicating the image has been successful. A carbon 14 dating done in 1988 dating the shroud just over 600 years old was discarded when in 2005 textile scientists discovered the carbon sample was from a repaired corner and not from the original cloth.