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The Botany of Bible Lands: An Interview with Prof. Avinoam Danin

Four plant species, the images of which are found on the Shroud, indicate the geographical origin of the Shroud. Fresh stems of the plants Gundelia tournefortii, Zygophyllum dumosum, Cistus creticus and Capparis aegyptia could be placed on the dead Mans body only in a strip of land, a few kilometers wide between Jerusalem and Hebron. Nine blooming species found on good photographs of the Shroud share blooming months of March and April, thus indicating that the event of covering the man with the plants in the Shroud took place during that time of the year.

via The Botany of Bible Lands: An Interview with Prof. Avinoam Danin – Boing Boing.

I am ambivalent about the Shroud of Turin, but this is fascinating evidence at least for the provenance of the cloth.