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The Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) was the only in-depth, multi-disciplinary scientific study
ever conducted on the Shroud.
The Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) was the only in-depth, multi-disciplinary scientific study ever conducted on the Shroud. The idea of this study was conceived in 1976 when it was discovered that spatial or topographical information was encoded in the Shroud's image. The owner of the Shroud, King Umberto I, The Duke of Savoy, gave permission for the team of scientists to conduct 120 hours of comprehensive, hands-on testing that would not damage the fabric in any way. The goal of the STURP team was to understand the mechanism for the formation of the mysterious image of a man who had been
COL. RUDOLF (RUDY) J. DICHTL
scourged, crowned with thorns, and marked with the wounds of crucifixion and a pierced side.
The STURP team was an elite group of scientists who prepared for 18 months to design the protocol for a battery of comprehensive, non-destructive tests that could be performed efficiently in the time allotted. Two members of that team of expert scientists were Col. Rudolph J. Dichtl and Barrie Schwortz.