Evangelist Explorers Say They Found Noah's Ark

Group says it found planks on Mount Ararat
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2010 5:39 PM CDT
In 2001 file photo, a church in Armenia's Ararat region is seen in front of Mount Ararat.   (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, file)

(Newser) – A team of evangelical explorers (who knew?) say they've found Noah's Ark on a mountain in Turkey. The Turkish and Chinese archeologists found remains of a wooden structure 13,000 feet up on Mount Ararat. The team believes it couldn't be remains of a human settlement because none are known to exist above 11,000 feet, Fox News reports.

Though others have claimed to have found the ark elsewhere, the group says it's "99.9%" sure this is the real deal. They say carbon dating puts the relics at about 4,800 years old—around the time most biblical scholars say the big flood occurred. They want UNESCO to designate the area a heritage site so an archeological dig can begin.
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