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 AD  Vol.4 No.2 , April 2016
Skin Debris on the Face of the Turin Shroud: A SEM-EDX Analysis
Abstract: Aim: We have studied the only found three skin debris (P1, P2 and P3) deposited on the Face area of our sample of the Turin Shroud. Methods: P1, P2 and P3 were explored by optical microscopy, by SEM and by EDX analysis. Results: All P1, P2 and P3 are true skin debris, as observed in optic and electronic microscopy; their elementary compositions show organic matter, plus a sulphur peak that corresponds to keratin. P1, P2 and P3 are constituted of layers of corneocytes; in P3, which is certainly a human skin debris, we can observe both the epidermis and some residual dermis.
Cite this paper: Lucotte, G. (2016) Skin Debris on the Face of the Turin Shroud: A SEM-EDX Analysis. Archaeological Discovery, 4, 103-117. doi: 10.4236/ad.2016.42008.
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