The latest evidence to support claims that the unique fossil imprint on Turkey’s highest mountain, Mount Ararat is ‘Noah’s Ark’ has come to light at a recent three-day symposium in Agri, Turkey.
The Daily Mail reported that Californian-based ‘ark hunter’ Professor Raul Esperante from the Geoscience Research Institute was one of 100 researchers from around the world to speak at the gathering.
“My purpose is to visit the sites around the mountain to find clues about catastrophic events in the past,” Esperante told the assembly.
He supported the evidence surrounding the biblical vessel’s final resting place by a group of Chinese and Turkish archeologists (NAMI) claiming to have found traces of the ancient ship on Mount Ararat on their expedition in 2010.
Genesis 8:4 in the bible says that the Ark settled on ‘mountains of Ararat’ after 150 days.
The team of 15 researchers who were searching in East Turkey claim to have found the ark on Mount Ararat 13,000 feet above sea level.
The documentary filmmaker on that expedition Wing-Cheung Yeung says, “It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s Ark but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it.”
But their claims have been ridiculed by scientists who say it lacks ‘real evidence’.
Yeung explains that the inside of the ark was equipped with several compartments that the group say could have been used to house animals. But skeptics say they could have been just as easily used to carry ‘weapons or food.’
“The search team and I personally entered a wooden structure high on the mountain,” according to Yeung. “The structure is partitioned into different spaces. We believe that the wooden structure we entered is the same structure recorded in historical accounts and the same ancient boat indicated by the locals.”
The team claimed they performed carbon dating tests on the wood and said it was 4,800 years old. If true, this would date it at approximately the time the vessel is said to have been afloat.
Esperante is convinced of the accuracy of NAMI’s team findings and urges more ‘rigorous and serious scientific work’ to support the claims. He hopes to team up with local scientists on the project.
Scientist Nicholas Purcell of Oxford University rubbishes the findings.
“If floodwaters covered Eurasia 12,000 feet [3,700 metres] deep in 2,800 B. C., how did the complex societies of Egypt and Mesopotamia, already many centuries old, keep right on regardless?” Purcell asks.
Meanwhile Esperante is calling for an international effort and investment to seek out and catalogue the evidence.
“Once the scientific community knows about the existence of Noah’s ark in Mount Ararat, we can make it available to the general public.”
A professor from nearby Istanbul University Oktay Belli also shared his thoughts at the assembly.
“Noah’s ark and the flood is not a myth but a real incident mentioned in all holy books. It happened in Anatolia (Asia Minor). It is a part our nation’s culture.”