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April 27, 2010

Noah’s Ark Found?

Yeah, we’ve heard these stories before, but never with much documentation. Does this expedition actually have photos and video to back up their claim?

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say wooden remains they have discovered on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey are the remains of Noah's Ark.

The group claims that carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old, meaning they date to around the same time the ark was said to be afloat. Mt. Ararat has long been suspected as the final resting place of the craft by evangelicals and literalists hoping to validate biblical stories.

Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah's Ark Ministries International research team that made the discovery, said: "It's not 100 percent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it."

There have been several reported discoveries of the remains of Noah's Ark over the years, most notably a find by archaeologist Ron Wyatt in 1987. At the time, the Turkish government officially declared a national park around his find, a boat-shaped object stretched across the mountains of Ararat.

Nevertheless, the evangelical ministry remains convinced that the current find is in fact more likely to be the actual artifact, calling upon Dutch Ark researcher Gerrit Aalten to verify its legitimacy.

The question is, what have they been able to verify to be of that age? And will there be some sort of examination of the site for independent verification of its existence? Also, will the determination of age necessarily be able to lead us to a determination that this is a boat? It almost certainly will not lead to a determination that the story of the Flood is true, absent some sort of additional evidence that goes with it.






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Ok guys. We know that civilization was rolling along just fine in 2800 BCE. Both in Mesopotamia and in Egypt. So if indeed a flood sufficiently large enough to drop a boat 4000 metres up the side of a mountain in Turkey did occur, how was it so localized? Why are there no signs of massive devastation in Egypt and (Iraq, Iran, etc)? Think.

|| Posted by William Fields, April 28, 2010 06:16 AM ||

William, there are signs of massive destruction all over the world. They are called fossils...:-)

Seriously, though, check out Steve Austin's recent work on the Grand Canyon, among other things.

|| Posted by Thomas Stroup, April 28, 2010 06:37 AM ||

Assume it is a boat.

That does not prove that it was sailed by Noah.

That does not prove that he was ordered by God to build it.

That does not prove that he took on x-number of every kind of animal (read Genesis for the actual rules -- it is not two of everything).

And it does not prove that all other life was wiped off the face of the planet.

In other words, all it proves is that the is a boat of a certain age there, absent some additional evidence (documents, etc) that tells us more.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, April 28, 2010 03:31 PM ||
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