A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers believe that they have discovered Noah's Ark in Turkey. A 15-member team from Hong King-based Noah's Ark Ministries International have found a structure that has been carbon dated back 4,800 years.
Group spokesman Yeung Wing-Cheung indicates that the structure was compartmentalized, possibly for the storage of animals. He indicates that the probability that they have discovered the actual biblical ark of Noah is about 99.9%.
The Bible tells us that Noah was tasked by God to build a giant ark after deciding to flood the world because of a corrupt human race. Many believe that the final resting place of the vessel was at the top of Mount Ararat.
During a recent press conference, team leader Panda Lee explained they made the discovery in October 2008. He said, "At an elevation of 4,000 meters, I saw a structure built with plank-like timber. I could see tenons, proof of ancient construction predating the use of metal nails. I could see broken wood fragments embedded in a glacier, and some 20 meters long. The wooden structure was permanently covered by ice and volcanic rock."
Dutch Ark researcher Gerrit Aaiten has been called upon to verify its legitimacy. He said, "The significance of this find is that for the first time in history the discovery of Noah's Ark is well documented and revealed to the worldwide community. There is a tremendous amount of solid evidence that the structure found on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey is the legendary Ark of Noah."
The next step is to ask UNESCO World Heritage for protection status while a major archaeological dig is conducted.
Not everyone has jumped on the bandwagon regarding the significance of this discovery. Cornell archaeologist Peter Ian Kuniholm, who has focused on Turkey for decades, called the reported find a "crock". He spared no words in declaring, "These guys have already gotten the answer worked out ahead of time and then they go out to prove it."
View photo released by Noah's Ark Ministries International and several videos - the second is comprised of still photos of their discovery below: