Has Noah's Ark been discovered...again?
A team of Turkish-Chinese explorers, also billing themselves as evangelists, have produced wood and other samples, as well as photos, showing several areas of a wooden structure they say was found deep within a glacier.
Some photos, plus a spare description, accompany most articles about this -- because, I'm guessing, the team isn't coughing up much information. Although this site has a detailed video that is just fascinating of the team exploring inside this structure.
I don't know what to think. There is certainly some evidence that the Ark may have been seen and/or touched before by people on Ararat. (There's other evidence that sure looks made up, too.) Could the Ark actually have survived? If so -- and this report is true -- this is by far the longest look at it. Mr. Ararat is not exactly the most user-friendly spot -- not only is there poor weather and climbing conditions to deal with, but the local Turkish authorities have severely limited access, since it sits uncomfortably near a border shared by Iran and Armenia. That area has been known for political unrest and uprisings in the past, as well.
More info on the search for Noah's Ark here. Here, too. This theory hasn't just surfaced in modern times -- bear in mind that the oldest extant reference (other than the Biblical account) to the Ark landing on Ararat is dated 425 A.D.
It will be interesting to see what happens next.
In a few days, it will be better. Really.
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