From ancient times, villagers in Turkey have reported that the remains of Noah’s Ark are still to be found near the snow-covered top of Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. This mountain’s frozen condition and near inaccessibility may well have preserved wood from so long ago. Archaeologists understand how powerfully the discovery of the remains of a great ship near the peak of the only mountain in the world matching the Genesis description of the resting place for Noah’s Ark would impact the credibility of the Bible. In an April 28, 2010 interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, ASOR archaeologist and Noah’s Ark skeptic Eric Cline explained: “If you can find a piece of Noah’s Ark, then the Ark must be real, then the Flood must be real, then the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are real. I mean, you can make it go layer by layer….” Of course!
Despite many claims no credible physical evidence has ever been produced by searchers of the Ark from Western nations. Recently, a Hong Kong firm built a full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark for a land development and hired Media Evangelism to operate the vessel as a museum and theme park. Media Evangelism formed Noah’s Ark Ministries International (NAMI) to film stories about the Ark in Turkey. This organization sent a journalist to interview villagers, who shared how their ancestors visited the Ark before the earthquake of 1840 broke and buried the vessel under ice and volcanic rock. Information from these villagers led to the place on the mountain where what might be the remains of Noah’s Ark were found.
On April 25, 2010, Noah’s Ark Ministries International together with Turkish archaeological authorities announced the discovery of significant remains of what appears a large wooden vessel buried under ice and volcanic rock just above 14,000 feet on Mount Ararat. Photos and videos of this discovery already provided to the media and published on the NAMI web site show wooden rooms and beams with dimensions close to those given in the book of Genesis for Noah’s Ark. Radiocarbon tests date wood from this structure to about 4,800 years.
The Director of Culture Ministries for Turkey’s Agri Province has secured the location of the discovery and intends to see it become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The local government of Agri Province is developing a road for access to the site by archaeologists and future visitors.
In the United States, this announcement has been treated with a great deal of skepticism, but three representatives of the NAMI team including Wing-cheung Yeung and Panda Lee who have been inside the structure buried on the mountain are making their first public appearance in North America. They will tell their story and answer questions about this discovery at the National Apologetics Conference’s meeting in Charlotte NC, October 15-16, 2010.