Pics, Video from Alleged Noah’s Ark Find

Photograph of Mount Ararat courtesy of Henri Nissen

Photograph of Mount Ararat courtesy of Henri Nissen

The Sun, Fox News and others are reporting that a group of Chinese and Turkish Christians claim to have found the remains of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat about 13,000 ft up.

From Fox News:

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.

It will be interesting to see what additional substantiation comes from this.  Several claims have been made of finding Noah’s Ark in the past, with little to support each one.  The allegation of carbon dating at about 4,800 years is notable, but carbon dating is notoriously unreliable; freshly killed organisms have been dated at thousands of years old.

Could part of the ark have remained relatively intact for 4,800 years?  It’s quite possible if it was encased in ice and snow, preventing weathering and the natural breakdown of the wood.

We’ll be keeping a watchful eye out for more information and future developments on this story…

10 Responses to “Pics, Video from Alleged Noah’s Ark Find”

  1. Don't get too excited about this — even creationist organizations are treating it with caution & skepticism. But of course, even if this comes to nothing (like all previous Ark finding claims), it doesn't take away from all the evidence of the Flood that we already have.

  2. I'm pretty skeptical about this–not that the ark could not be found, because I believe it could be found if it is still intact.

    Why do people always look on Mount Ararat for the ark? When the Bible refers to the ark's resting place as the “mountains of Ararat,” that tells me it could be any number of places. In the mountains between the Black and Caspian seas somewhere in eastern Turkey or southern Armenia is a pretty large area to cover.

  3. I'm with you. I have one eyebrow raised because of the pics and video (you seldom if ever see this kind of visual documentation of such claims), but other than that I'm in a “wait and see” mode.

  4. Dr. Randall Price, archaeologist from Liberty University, has released a statement that he was one of the people on the 2008 expedition and that this is a hoax. He states the pictures of the enclosed inside 'rooms' were taken from a structure near the Black Sea and that some of that wood from there was later transported to the the Arafat site.

    As an archaeologist friend of mine said even if a boat like structure is found, the only way one could say it was the Ark is if DNA samples of tens of thousands of different species of animals can be found in it.

  5. I haven't been able to find an original copy of this statement. What I have found is a couple of reprints or excerpts, and the grammar is so pitiful in those that I can't tell for sure whether it is actually Dr. Price saying something, or someone saying that Price is saying something.

    If you know where an original of his statement is, please let me know. I'm undecided on the authenticity of this alleged find right now, and would like to hear more from those who supposedly know something.

  6. I saw Dr. Prices email dismissal of the Ark's finding as a hoax on the web site of Dr. Claude Mariottini, Professor of the Old Testament at Northern Baptist Seminary, which he apparently accepts as a vaid quote. But as you say, unless you hear it straight from the horses mouth, Dr. Price in this case, all is hearsay.

    Will let you know when Dr. Price calls me and clarifies.

    I suspect this will deteriorate into a ' He said, She said ' argument and fade into obscurity like all previous claims.

  7. God forbid, (excuse the term) that something from the Bible might be true.

    Wonder what effect (if true) might this have on society and the view of Christianity in general?

  8. Christianity doesn't need an Ark finding for support. As it stands now, not one single event recorded in the Bible can be shown not to have happened. The resurrection of Christ stands as the single best-documented fact of ancient history. All Bible skeptics and “liberal theologians” can do is assume any given Bible event isn't true, then try to invent a reason why someone might have written it anyway.