ARCHAEOLOGISTS have revealed that ‘ruins’ in a boat-shaped mound date back to the time of the Biblical flood and Noah’s Ark.
It is a timeless tale that many around the world are familiar with and the historical scripture could well be true.
NoahsArkScans.comA team excavating a geological formation in Turkey say it could be Noah’s Ark[/caption]
AlamyIn the Book of Genesis, the mountains of Ararat in what is now eastern Turkey is the region in which Noah’s Ark comes to rest after the Great Flood[/caption]
In the past century, dozens of individuals claimed to have located the ark but no scientific evidence has been found.
Now, a team excavating a geological formation in Turkey has aged rock and soil samples they believe contain ruins of the vessel.
The archaeologists have concluded that the site at the same time the Bible puts the Great Flood 5,000 years ago.
The project began in 2021 and is ongoing, but the initial analysis determined samples to contain clayey and marine materials and seafood.
According to legend, Noah loaded two of every animal onto a 150-metre long ark to save them from apocalyptic flooding that drowned the Earth.
In the Book of Genesis, the mountains of Ararat in what is now eastern Turkey is the region in which Noah’s Ark comes to rest after the Great Flood.
The mountain is the highest peak in Turkey, standing 16,500 feet tall and carved out like an ark would be.
According to the researchers, their results mean human activity was present on the boat-shaped mound between 5500 and 3000 BC.
The geological formation located in Dogubayazit district of Agri has been a potential site since it was discovered in 1956.
A team of experts led by Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Andrew University, and Agri Ibrahim Cecen University (AICU) have been working at the site for nearly one year, collecting samples they believe hold the key to confirming the Biblical story.
The first portion of their work began in December 2022, when they collected 30 samples of rock and soil fragments that the ITU laboratory analysed
AICU Vice Rector Professor Faruk Kaya said: “According to the first findings obtained from the studies, there have been human activities in the region since the Chalcolithic period between the years 5500 and 3000 BC.
“It is known that the flood of Prophet Noah went back 5,000 years ago.
“In terms of dating, it is stated that there was life in this region as well. This was revealed in the laboratory results.
“It is not possible to say that the ship is here with the dating. We need to work for a long time to reveal this.”
Although considered a historical event, most scholars and archaeologists do not believe in literally interpreting the Ark story.
In the Bible, God commands Noah to build a vast ship capable of saving himself, his family and a representation of the world’s animals.
Deeming Noah to be the only righteous man worth saving in world full of sin, God commands him to build a vast ship before the floods commenced.