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Mount Ararat is located near the border between Armenia and Turkey. Insert: Image of Mount Ararat.

Does ‘New Evidence’ Prove Noah’s Ark Is Buried on a Turkish Mountain?

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By Tom Ozimek , Epoch Times 

Conclusive evidence of the existence of Noah’s Ark has eluded ark hunters since time immemorial. The Bible says the vessel made landfall on the “mountains of Ararat” in Turkey after 150 days in the water.

A group of explorers affiliated with NAMI, a Hong Kong-based evangelical Christian group, said in 2010 that on Mount Ararat, Turkey, they had found traces of the ancient ship. Their claims, however, met with a stiff challenge from the broader scientific community.

But a California-based ark hunter now believes there is evidence that the vessel and its occupants did indeed come aground on Mount Ararat, the Daily Mail reported.

Mount Ararat. (Screenshot via Google Maps/Flickr / Arman Ayva)

Mount Ararat. (Screenshot via Google Maps/Flickr / Arman Ayva)

Professor Raul Esperante , of the Geoscience Research Institute, was one of 108 scientists from around the world speaking at the three-day International Symposium of Mount Ararat and Noah’s Ark in Agri, Turkey, which looked at evidence for the biblical vessel’s final resting place.

“My purpose is to visit the sites around the mountain to find clues about catastrophic events in the past,” said Esperante, according to Express.

The Geoscience Research Institute is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Many of the organization’s assertions have similarly been met with resistance by the scientific community.

NAMI’s Ark Find Claim

In April 2010, archaeologists from NAMI reported that they found an ark that they believed had a “99.9 percent” chance of being the ancient biblical artifact known as Noah’s Ark, The Epoch Times reported.

The team of 15 researchers who were searching in East Turkey claimed to have found the ark on Mount Ararat 13,000 feet above sea level. One of the team members, documentary filmmaker Wing-cheung Yeung said, “It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it,” reported World Net Daily.

Mount Ararat

Mount Ararat. ( CC0)

It seems the inside of the ark was equipped with several compartments that the group said could have been used to house animals, while skeptics said they could have been just as easily used to carry weapons or food.

“The search team and I personally entered a wooden structure high on the mountain. The structure is partitioned into different spaces. We believe that the wooden structure we entered is the same structure recorded in historical accounts and the same ancient boat indicated by the locals,” said NAMI worker Man-fai Yuen.

The team claimed they performed carbon dating tests on the wood and said it was 4,800 years old. If true, this would date it at approximately the time the vessel is said to have been afloat.

No other testing by independent organizations had been done at that time the NAMI team made its claims.

Independent Research Required

Esperante is convinced of the accuracy of the NAMI team’s findings. He urges more “rigorous, serious scientific work” to support the claims with further empirical proof, wrote the Daily Mail.

He also wants to team up with local scientists on the project.

“We have technical resources and we can work together with local experts,” he said. “Once the scientific community knows about the existence of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat, we can make it available to the general public.”

But Nicholas Purcell of Oxford University calls into question claims that the ark is located on Mount Ararat.

“If floodwaters covered Eurasia 12,000 feet [3,700 meters] deep in 2,800 BC, how did the complex societies of Egypt and Mesopotamia, already many centuries old, keep right on regardless?” Purcell asked, according to the Daily Mail.

Stained-glass imagery of Noah’s Ark.

Stained-glass imagery of Noah’s Ark. ( CC0)

The Biblical Record

The legend of Noah’s Ark originates from the sixth chapter of the Book of Genesis. The story goes that Noah was instructed by God to build an ark carrying a male and female of each animal in the region in which Noah lived. By constructing the ark, Noah saved the animals and a small group of people from a great flood summoned to do away with the morally depraved.

Stained-glass imagery showing animals allegedly being led into the ark.

Stained-glass imagery showing animals allegedly being led into the ark. ( CC0)

 ‘Noah’s Ark, the flood is not a myth but a real incident mentioned in all holy books,’ said Dr. Oktay Belli from Istanbul University, the Daily Mail reported.

And while the flood is considered a historical event, most archaeologists and scholars do not believe in a literal interpretation of the Noah’s Ark story.

British archaeologist Mike Pitt said after the initial NAMI team findings in 2010 that the evangelical explorers have not yet produced evidence that is conclusive.

“If there had been a flood capable of lifting a huge ship 2.5 miles [4 km] up the side of a mountain 4,800 years ago, I think there would be substantial geological evidence for this flood around the world,” Pitt said, wrote in the Daily Mail.

According to Pitt, such evidence has simply not been produced.

“Yet!” some, Esperante among them, might be quick to add.

Top image: Mount Ararat is located near the border between Armenia and Turkey. Insert: Image of Mount Ararat. (Screenshot via Google Maps / CC0)

The article ‘ Does ‘New Evidence’ Prove Noah’s Ark Is Buried on a Turkish Mountain? was originally published on The Epoch Times and has been republished with permission.

Comments

Yet more literal bible nonsense.  People are definitely right to take results like this with a VERY large grain of salt!!

From stardust I was born, to stardust I shall return

It is not on Ararat but in that Mountain range.

Sir Clerke

To OCRT,
The Ark contained Noah and his wife, his three sons and their wives. Also the human genome hadn't deteriorated that much yet so that interbreeding wouldn't be a problem. The Ark would've been set up so that maintaining the animals would've been efficient and some of them may have been in hibernation. The earth has even more water within it than is in our oceans. False.  All across the globe we find mass graveyards of fossils buried catastrophically of animals that aren't believed to have even lived in the same habitat. False. Many ancient cultures may claim to be vastly ancient but they're just claims w/ many advocates of these ancient cultures vying to be first. 
There is far more evidence for a global Flood than there is for evolution but the propaganda and indoctrination for evolution is so pervasive that many don't even question it even though it's not remotely scientific and fails to abide by the scientific method as it is neither observable, quantifiable, falsifiable nor repeatable. 
Every geologist freely admits that the earth was shaped by water, they're just careful not use the words 'global flood'. We find fossil graveyards across the globe as I said earlier. There are over 200 Flood stories from across the globe. Evolutionists claim that it took 'MILLIONS of years' for the Colorado River to carve the Grand Canyon but one can see the bands of strata folded without breaking meaning they were laid down while still wet. If they were dry they would've fractured. The eruption of Mt St Helens carved out a canyon 1/82 the size of the Grand Canyon in a matter of days, meaning that 'MILLIONS of years' is unnecessary for vast geologic marvels like it to be formed.   

That being said, I doubt that this group found Noah's Ark. If they did, they would know and there would be zero doubt. I've seen multiple interviews of men who claimed to have seen it and one man said as a boy that he journeyed up the mountain with his father and some guides and that he climbed on top of it and peered at a hole inside the roof and saw large cages. He then took a polygraph on camera and the man administering the test said "I don't know if this man did see Noah's Ark but I do know that he's not lying'.   Another man said that when he saw it that it had broken inton two pieces and that one had fallen further down the mountain.  It’s not only very hard due to reach the Ark because of the treacherous terrain but one also has to be vigilant for bandits that routinely ambush explorers and rob them.      

There are some real problems with the story of Noah’s ark. A male and female of one species would not be sufficient to avoid inbreeding. How could a eight people handle the feeding and cleanup of hundreds of thousands of animals? Where did all the water come from to fill up the surface of the Earth above the highest mountains. There is nothing in the historical evidence that would indicate mass extinction of all humans on earth except for 8 persons. Historical evidence shows many human groups existing before, during, and after the time of the “flood” without any major disruption. Stil, it is an interesting story.

B.A. Robinson

This makes far more sense than an impossible 13,000 feet of flood water!

From stardust I was born, to stardust I shall return

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