April 28, 2010

We’ve found Noah’s Ark, claim Christian explorers

by Sara Levy

Christian explorers claim to have discovered the remains of Noah’s Ark on a Turkish mountain.

The Turkish and Chinese team of fundamentalist Christians found seven large wooden compartments on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey.

They say that carbon testing on the wood and rope shows that they are 4,800 years old, so their discovery fits with the time-scale of when the ark would have been afloat.

“It’s not 100% that it is Noah’s Ark — but we think it is 99.9% that this is it,” said Yeung Wing-cheung, a filmmaker working with the group exploring the mountain.

Another member of the search team said they had made “the greatest discovery in history.”

The wooden structures would be ideal for housing animals, said the explorers, who are keeping the precise location of their find a secret.

However, archaeologists are not convinced that the compartments are Noah’s Ark

“If there had been a flood capable of lifting a huge ship 4km up the side of a mountain 4,800 years ago, I think there would be substantial geological evidence for this flood around the world — and there isn’t,” said Mike Pitt, a British archaeologist.

Nicholas Purcell, lecturer in ancient history at Oxford University, said the claims of the explorers were “nonsense”.

He asked: “If floodwaters covered Eurasia 12,000ft deep in 2,800BC, how did the complex societies of Egypt and Mesopotamia, already many centuries old, keep right on regardless?”

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