Researchers sampled stalagmites taken from the cave, and through chemical dating
and isotope analysis they created a model of future rainfall in the area, which forecasts another drought in the late 2030s.
After a detailed description of the shroud, they look at historical evidence, numismatic investigation, radiocarbon "distraction," journey of a flax thread, inquiries into alternative chemical dating
, the mechanical multiparametric dating method, shroud samples spread for scientific research, recent and future developments, and additional questions and answers.
Before publishing their results, the researchers plan to use other isotope tests, and possibly a chemical dating
method called amino acid racemization, to confirm the specimen's venerable age.