Thursday, April 29, 2010

Noah's Ark Found in Turkey?

Noah's Ark Found in Turkey?
The expedition team is "99.9 percent" sure. Others, well, aren't.
Near the top of Mount Ararat (file photo) in Turkey, explorers claim to have found Noah's ark.

A team of evangelical Christian explorers claim they've found the remains of Noah's ark beneath snow and volcanic debris on Turkey's Mount Ararat (map).

But some archaeologists and historians are taking the latest claim that Noah's ark has been found about as seriously as they have past ones—which is to say not very.

(See "Noah's Ark Discovered in Iran?" and "Noah's Ark Quest Dead in Water—Was It a Stunt?")

"I don't know of any expedition that ever went looking for the ark and didn't find it," said Paul Zimansky, an archaeologist specializing in the Middle East at Stony Brook University in New York State.

Turkish and Chinese explorers from a group called Noah's Ark Ministries International made the latest discovery claim Monday in Hong Kong, where the group is based.

"It's not 100 percent that it is Noah's ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it," Yeung Wing-cheung, a filmmaker accompanying the explorers, told The Daily Mail.

Raw Video: Purported Site of Noah's Ark in Turkey (Courtesy Noah's Ark Ministries International)

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