© Vernon Miller (1978)

ON THE COVER: The Shroud of Turin, a linen cloth bearing the image of a man that some believe to be the crucified Jesus, is currently the subject of new scientific studies to explain how and where the image was formed. Hundreds of photos taken of the cloth in 1978 attempted to enhance the faint but detailed image. Here we see the results of “false color enhancement”: the different densities of gray in a photo negative of the shroud have been isolated and assigned shades of blue and pink, enabling us to see features that would not be discernible in gray.

In this issue, scientist Joseph A. Kohlbeck and archaeologist Eugenia L. Nitowski present “New Evidence May Explain Image on Shroud of Turin.”