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“Noah’s Ark” Supposedly Found, Creationists Discover Carbon Dating

by @ 7:23 am on April 28, 2010. Filed under Evolution vs. ID, Religion, Science

Fox News and Drudge are all over yet another report of the supposed discovery of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat in Turkey:

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.

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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.

“The significance of this find is that for the first time in history the discovery of Noah’s Ark is well documented and revealed to the worldwide community,” Aalten said at a press conference
announcing the find. Citing the many details that match historical accounts of the Ark, he believes it to be a legitimate archaeological discovery.

“There’s a tremendous amount of solid evidence that the structure found on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey is the legendary Ark of Noah,” said Aalten.

Leaving aside for a moment the fact that the “global” flood myth, a myth that did not start with the Hebrew Bible by the way, has been fairly thoroughly debunked, this part cracked me up:

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.

Wait a minute ! I thought carbon dating was inherently unreliable, that’s what the creationists told me !

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9 Responses to ““Noah’s Ark” Supposedly Found, Creationists Discover Carbon Dating”

  1. EJ says:

    though a global flood was not likely, there is evidence of the black see flooding greatly as the medditeranian flooded over the bosperous, which had previously been a lannd bridge, So areas of northern turkey, Bulgaria and Ukraine would have been flooded, and quickly. The flood story that is common in ancient cultural stories throughout the middle east could be reffering to that event.

  2. Oh I think it’s clear that there was some kind of event that is behind the prevalence of flood myths, no doubt. Just not the one they teach in Sunday school

  3. Frank N says:

    Finally somebody notice the carbon dating thing. Thank you for doing this, Doug.

  4. Chris M. says:

    Holy crap thank you for pointing out the carbon dating nonsense on top of the other nonsense.

  5. joanna says:

    i am not surprised that someone finally found the ark. i myself would kike to be part of seeing the ark in person, i am an avid believer of the bible and know that there is a reason that God has allowed it to be found now at this oarticular time in life. with all that is going on in the world, amen and amen

  6. joanna says:

    sorry for my spelling

  7. JOHN-JOHN says:

    I HOPE THIS IS REALLY NOAHS Ark!

  8. Cheap shot! Creationist have no problem with Carbon Dating as it is only valid in cases of less than about 50 thousand years. Not millions or billions of years. So stop the nonsense straw man arguments. By the way how would you explain the
    ark at 13K feet without a worldwide flood? A local flood does not cut it. Do the math.

  9. Hans Hammig says:

    This evidence and the carbon-14 dating fits in very neatly with the all other evidence of geological, geophysical, glaciological, astronomical, climatological, historical, cosmological and anthropological nature about the most important catastrophe in the recent history of earth.

    There is a very interesting and detailed work by Donald W. Patten: The Biblical Flood And The Ice Epoch. It was first printed in Seattle, 1966 and re-printed many times since. He dates the event to about 2800 BC (+/- 500 years), that would be about 4300 – 5300 years ago.

    It is obviously not what we learn at school. He explains every aspect, incl. the tidal flooding that reached up into the highest mountains, the flash freezing of the Mammoths and the fact that very few people survived. The Bible turns out to be quite a reliable source as compared to the evidence.

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