Answering these questions we may come to know ourselves a little better, as well as the shroud.
Generally, burial at sea means tipping the body overboard, wrapped in a shroud, after a brief service.
The shroud is generally lumped in with silly-season subjects, such as Atlantis, yetis, and UFOs.
Ultimately, it is worry about what the shroud might mean that determines its rejection by modern rationalists.
Overall, the 1988 carbon-dating has made little difference to sindonology (as study of the shroud is known).
The shore crawled deeper into the shroud, and was lost altogether.
The warrior took that banner proud, And it was his martial cloak and shroud!
No mother folded his shroud about him, nor did his father or his loyal wife weep upon his bier.
Look, mother, my shroud is now quite dry, and I can rest in my grave.
Presently, through the shroud of darkness traced by ghostly slivers of starlight, came the sound of trickling water.
Old English scrud "a garment, clothing, dress," from West Germanic *skruthan, from Proto-Germanic *skrud- "cut" (cf. Old Norse skruð "shrouds of a ship, tackle, gear; furniture of a church," Danish, Swedish skrud "dress, attire"), from PIE *skreu- "to cut" (see shred (n.)).
Specific meaning "winding-sheet, cloth or sheet for burial," to which the word now is restricted, first attested 1560s. Sense of "strong rope supporting the mast of a ship" (mid-15c.) is from the notion of "clothing" a spar or mast; one without rigging was said to be naked.
c.1300, "to clothe, to cover, protect," from Old English scrydan, scridan "to clothe, dress;" see shroud (n.). Meaning "to hide from view, conceal" (transitive) is attested from early 15c. Related: Shrouded; shrouding.