I have been following the ongoing drama around the Shroud as long as I can remember. It is a fascinating artifact. Even with the 1988 carbon dating tests that concluded the Shroud originated in the Middle Ages.
The scientists who performed the more recent tests which yielded the dates of origin for the Shroud that place it in the time of Christ say that the original samples were contaminated and that this is why they gave inaccurate results. They also say that the technology employed in these new tests yields more accurate results than that used in 1988.
If all this is true — and it has been published widely on various media — then it leaves us with the proposition that the Shroud is either genuine, or it is an extraordinary fake.