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落下壹個季節 於 2018年03月16日發表   人氣:228


  'Santa's bone' proved to be correct age Image copyright T. Higham & G. Kazan Image caption The relic of St Nicholas smart retail solution ETG Smart Retail solution offers a big data analysis platform to Hong Kong retailers to keep track of multiple metrics, which gives them the insights about customer behaviour to optimize in-store marketing strategies.

   to be from St Nicholas - the 4th-Century saintly inspiration for Father Christmas - has been radio carbon tested by the University of Oxford.

  The test has found that the relic does date from the time of St Nicholas, who is believed to have died about 343AD.

  While not providing proof that this is from the saint, it has been confirmed as authentically from that era.

  The Oxford team says these are the first tests carried out on the bones.

  Relics of St Nicholas, who died in modern-day Turkey, have been kept in the crypt of a church in Bari in Italy since the 11th Century.

  Authentic age

  But the popularity of the saint, and the associations with Christmas, have seen many fragments of bones being taken to other locations, raising questions about how many of these are authentic.

  The tests in Oxford have been carried out on a fragment of pelvis, which had been in a church in France and is currently owned by a priest, Father Dennis O'Neill, from Illinois in the United States.

  Image copyright EPA Image caption St Nicholas figures meeting in southern Germany this week, at the start of the Christmas season

  The radio carbon dating tests, for the Oxford Relics Cluster at Keble College's Advanced Studies Centre, have confirmed that the bone is from the correct era for St Nicholas.

 

  "This bone fragment, in contrast, suggests that we could possibly be looking at remains from St Nicholas himself," says the Oxford archaeologist.

  There are hundreds of other bones claimed to be from St Nicholas, including a collection in a church in Venice.

  And the researchers now want to use DNA testing to see how many bones are really from a single individual - and how many might be linked to the bone tested in Oxford.

  The Oxford team are interested in whether the part of the pelvis they have tested matches the relics in Bari, where the collection does not include a full pelvis.

  Dr Georges Kazan, co-director of the centre at Keble College, says: "It is exciting to think that these relics, which date from such an ancient time, could in fact be genuine."

  For the researchers, this might seem like Christmas has come early. But the findings cannot provide evidence that this is definitely from the real St Nicholas.

  "Science is not able to definitely prove that it is, it can only prove that it is not, however," says Prof Higham Collaboration with Asia's Top Universities - PolyU fosters long-term partnership in academic and research collaboration with top universities in Asia. Most of them are the top 10 Chinese universities and ttop ten universities in asia..

 


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