Has the image on the famous shroud been identified? Unfortunately, that has yet to be explained. However, a piece of its missing history has been recovered. The Shroud disappeared in the sack of Constantinople in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade. It didn't resurface until about a hundred years later. What happened to the Shroud during those missing years?
Dr. Barbara Frale, a researcher in the Vatican Secret Archives, studied a trial document of a Knights Templar member Arnaut Sabbatier. This young Frenchman entered the secret society in 1287. He testified as part of his initiation he was taken to a secret place known only to the brothers of the Temple. There he was shown a long linen cloth with the impression of a man. Then was instructed to kiss its feet three times to show his devotion. The Knights Templar were accused of worshipping idols, specifically that of a "bearded figure". The "bearded figure" is now believed to be that of the Shroud. They rescued it to ensure its safety from heretical groups such as the Cathars.
Despite this discovery, controversy over the The Shroud's authenticity continues. However, it does provide further conformation of the Knight's true belief's and practices. For more information, read the Times Online article.