Explorers Have Found the Biblical Noah's Ark on Mt. Ararat in Turkey-Unproven!
Explorers Have Found the Biblical Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat in Turkey-Unproven!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a forwarded email telling of an archeological find in the mountains in Turkey. An Biblical archeologist claims to have found Noah’s Ark.
The Internet has been abuzz with reports that a team of adventurers claim to have found the wooden remains of Noah’s ark in the mountains where the Bible says the vessel came to rest after the Biblical flood. The team has not revealed the location of its find, however, and has yet to allow its claims to be reviewed by archaeologists and other scientists.
According to an April 27, 2010 article in The Sun in the United Kingdom, Noah’s Ark Ministries International researcher Yeung Wing-Cheung said, “It’s not 100 per cent that it is Noah’s Ark, but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it.” The newspaper also has video from the exploration on their report. Click for story
The adventurers held a news conference this week at which they showed pictures of the inside of a wooden structure they said was found at the 13,000 foot mark of Mt Ararat. Reports started circulating on Wednesday, however, that archeologist Dr. Randall Price of Liberty University suspected a hoax because of information he had been given by sources in Turkey who suggested that the wood had been hauled onto the mountain by local men who wanted the researchers to believe they had found the ark. The consensus of archaeologists watching the story develop seems to be “Let’s wait and see what further investigation into the claims reveals.”
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Turkish and Chinese explorers claim to have found Noah’s Ark
A group of Turkish and Chinese explorers belonging to the “Noah’s Ark Ministries International” have announced in Hong Kong that they have found Noah’s Ark, 4000m up, in the famous Agri (Ararat) mountain in East Turkey.
A Chinese explorer in the alleged Noah’s Ark in Mount Agri (Ararat) East Turkey
The team of Evangelists who went up the Agri (Ararat) mountain in East Turkey have even claimed that they have entered the Noah’s Ark and have pictures and specimens to prove it. According to the explorers, the specimens taken from the remains of the boat they have found have a carbon date of 4,800 years and matches the story told by historians.
If the explorers are right, then they have found one of the most famous ships ever to be known to man kind.
Mr Yeung Wing who was part of the team of explorers and is a documentary film maker based in Hong Kong said “It’s not 100 per cent that it is Noah’s Ark but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it,”
The group consisting of over 15 explorers from Hong Kong and Turkey were at the press conference they organised yesterday and showed the press, some of the specimens they brought from the alleged Ark consisting of ropes, nails and pieces of wood.
According to the description of the explorers, there were ropes and nails presumed to keep the famous boat together and to tie the animals as-well-as several wooden compartments where were said to keep the animals in.
It has also been reported that, Turkish officials will ask Ankara to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status to protect the site. The Noah’s Ark Ministries International have also announced that a major archaeological dig will be carried out in the mountain but this will not be easy with the weather conditions being tough and the height of the finding.
According to religious faiths including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and many other, Noah was ordered by God to build a ship to house his family, himself and the world’s animals from a huge flood which was to perish earth. It is then believed that when the waters receded, the Ark rested at a mountain.
Specimens taken from the finding of the Chinese and Turkish exploration group in Ararat mountain, East, Turkey.
Though the Noah’s Ark is referred to in all major religions, but in different ways, none actually say where the Noah’s Ark was.
Turkish locals around the famous mountain and in many other cities have long believed that the Ark was indeed in Turkey after a Turkish air force pilot on a NATO mapping mission saw a boat like object in Dogubayazit, Turkey in 1959.
The boat like remains was thought to be the fossilised remains of the Arch but in 2006 a detailed satellite image of the northwest corner of Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey had clearly depicted a boat like image under the snow coated mountain.
Some experts however believe that the remains may be part of a human settlement, but the explorers are denying this by saying, “we have never found a human settlement above 3,500 meters in the history of mankind”.
It is also said that the finding was very well preserved due to the freezing temperatures of the mountain at 4000 meters high.