March 2003 — A new discovery on the Shroud of Turin by Alan
and Mary Whanger, major researchers on the Shroud since 1979, shows the image
of a second Crown of Thorns, one of the most famous objects in history.
In 1987 they identified the image of a large bonnet-style Crown of Thorns
over the right shoulder of the Man of the Shroud. The recently identified second
Crown is a circlet which matches the size and shape of the traditional and
well-known Crown of Thorns in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which is a
woven band of rushes with no thorns.
These discoveries help to authenticate the Shroud of Turin as well as to provide
important historical and archaeological evidence.