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Friday, June 30, 2006


(Archaeologists are 90% sure this is the original ark:have to wait for lab results)

It is quite amazing that whenever any news about any discovery of archaeological finds that have a Biblical base hits the mainstream media...the story is gone within an hour or two!

Picture of part of the ark in the mountains of Iran

(June 29) -

Texas archaeologists believe they may have located the remains of Noah's Ark in Iran's Elburz mountain range.
"I can't imagine what it could be if it is not the Ark," said Arch Bonnema of the Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration (B.A.S.E) Institute, a Christian archeology organization dedicated to looking for biblical artifacts.

Bonnema and the other B.A.S.E. Institute members hiked for seven hours in the mountains northwest of Tehran, climbing 13,000 feet before making the apparent discovery.
"We got up to this object, nestled in the side of a hill," said Robert Cornuke, a member of the B.A.S.E. Institute. "We found something that has my heart skipping a beat."
At first, they didn't dare to hope it was the biblical boat.
"It wasn't impressive at first," Cornuke said. "Certainly didn't think it to be Noah's Ark. But when we got close, we were amazed. It looked similar to wood."
In addition, some B.A.SE. members say, their discovery didn't look very distinctive.
"It looked like the deck of any boat today," Bonnema said.

Long Search for the Ark
The Bible places the Ark in the mountains of Ararat, a mountain range theologians believe spans hundreds of miles, which the team says is consistent with their find in Iran.
The Bible also describes the Ark's dimensions as being 300 cubits by 50 cubits -- about the size of a small aircraft carrier. The B.A.S.E. Institute's discovery is similar in size and scale.
"It is provocative to think that this could be the lost ark of Noah," Cornuke said.
Throughout history, people have been searching for the Ark to help prove God's existence.
"There's this idea, if we can prove that the Ark existed then we can prove that the story existed, and more importantly, we can prove that God existed," said Bruce Feiler, author of "Where God Was Born."
Previous scholars have searched for the Ark on Mount Ararat in Turkey.

Czar Nicholas, actually, in 1916 sent two expeditions to photograph it on top of Mount Ararat," said Feiler.
One former U.S. president, Feiler said, looked for it in the mountains of Iran.
"There is a story that Jimmy Carter, on his way to visit the Shah of Iran in 1977, purposefully flew over it," he said.

As recently as March, researchers claimed to have satellite photos that proved the presence of Ark remains. The B.A.S.E institute hopes the physical evidence they've brought back from Iran will hold the answer to this enduring mystery.
"People will always be looking for it, always be skeptical, always be excited of the search," Cornuke said. "But I think we found something here that's very notable."

The B.A.S.E. Institute's samples are being examined at labs in Texas and Florida. B.A.S.E officials concede that there would be no way to conclusively prove that their finding is actually Noah's Ark.
So the hunt goes on. The biggest hurdle in identifying Noah's Ark comes down to "gopher wood." The Bible says the Ark was made of gopher wood but no one knows what it is.




  • I'm most certain this could be the ark. The only problem is, is that they will probably use radio carbon dating which is flawed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:48 AM  

  • I saw a film clip when I was a kid. I was at the movies and they used to show these news clips and cartoons before the movie, I am talking the late 1950's. Well I remember them showing a news clip that was from an eight milimeter home movie camera that a man took on top of what I think was Mount Ararat (but could have been elsewhere). It was of a man and his son (of about 10-12 years old) and they were on the deck of a ship. It looked exactly like what the Ark was supposed to look like or just like the drawings and old paintings. It has a large hole opened up in it and you could see what looked like pens and cages. I wonder why it has not been shown again or what has happened to the newsreel. I dont think it was a fake. It just looked too real and this was back in 58 or 59 so there wasnt much in the way of film inhancement then. Just curious if anyone else remembers that clip or newsreel.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:15 AM  

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