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Latest Noah's Ark Find Called a Hoax

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posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 03:20 AM
An interesting tidbit regarding this latest Noah's Ark "find"|main|dl1|link3|http%3A%

(April 29) -- It took nearly 5,000 years to unearth Noah's Ark -- and just three days for a serious challenge to the legitimacy of the find to emerge.

A former member of the expedition whose sponsors this week claimed to have found the legendary biblical boat buried beneath the snows of Turkey's Mount Ararat says the "discovery" was probably a hoax.

"If the world wants to think this is a wonderful discovery, that's fine," Randall Price, an archaeologist who in 2008 was working with the Chinese-led evangelical team, told The Christian Science Monitor. "My problem is that, in the end, proper analysis may show this to be a hoax and negatively reflect how gullible Christians can be."

Noah's Ark Ministries International: an evangelical Christian organization, says this wooden compartment is a part of Noah's Ark. But an archaeologist who was on the expedition that found the object said the claim was likely a "hoax" that may "negatively reflect how gullible Christians can be."

In a leaked e-mail that had made the rounds on the Web, Price, a longtime ark-hunter who directs the Center for Judaic Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., says that in the summer of 2008, a group of Kurdish laborers, hired by a local guide working with the Chinese expedition, removed several large wooden beams from an old structure near the Black Sea, then hauled them to a cave near the peak of Ararat, long thought by believers to have been the spot where Noah's Ark washed up.

Price says that those photos of the supposed ark include cobwebs in the corners of the structure's rafters, "something just not possible in these conditions."

Meanwhile in ark-hunting circles, news of the alleged hoax is being greeted as hardly surprising.

"There are certain biblical artifacts -- like the Ark of the Covenant and the Ark of Noah -- that just seem to bring out a lot of amateur searchers," says Bill Crouse, president of Christian Information Ministries, who has himself spent years searching for Noah's Ark. "My concern is that well-meaning Christians jump the gun, and this thing becomes viral on the Internet. A lot of Christians are confused because they thought the ark was found two years ago, or two years before that. These things seem to come up every two years or so."

In 2006, for example, a national security analyst reported a "new and significant development" in the quest for the ark: a high-resolution satellite image of the northwest corner of Mount Ararat, where ark hunters had long been intrigued by a large, ice-submerged "anomaly" whose proportions seemed to match almost perfectly the Bible's description of Noah's Ark.

In 1993, CBS aired a documentary hailing the discovery of Noah's Ark, also on Ararat. It turned out that "The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark" was predicated largely on evidence provided by an actor who later acknowledged having made the whole thing up.

And in a story with strong parallels to the latest hoax, a French explorer named Fernand Navarra claimed to have found a wooden beam from the ark on Ararat in 1955. Navarra's guide, however, later said the explorer had hauled the 5-foot-long plank up the mountain with him.

Like the mythical Sisyphus, ark-hunters, it seems, keep on pushing their wood up the mountain, only to return to the bottom to start over again.

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posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 03:44 AM
I think they're so screwed up that they don't consider this lying..

They think the ark is real, and that it's out there somewhere. So they didn't exactly lie, they just told a half truth. But if it makes people believe, what's wrong with that? It is real, after all. So making people believe in it, even if you're tricking them, is ultimately alright.

/christian logic @ work.

posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 03:46 AM
I think finding anything like this would be too good to be true. There are a lot of hoaxers out there that will take advantage of ones faith due to the gullibleness of religion in general. I seriously doubt we'll ever find things like Noah's Ark or the Holy Grail etc.

I think we have a better chance at discovering that Alien's have been visiting earth since the dawn of time to be honest.

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posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 03:53 AM
I knew it! and speaking of gullible there were more than 10 pages in the found ark thread right here on ATS full of people who believed this.

posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 04:42 AM
reply to post by Totalstranger

A find like this is just what the world needs,might wake some of us up.No offence to those who think this is a hoax but i'll stay on the fence until some more evidence is released.Thankyou for your time


posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 04:49 AM
Yeah can we get some evidence it's a hoax?

Some guy's words/opinion is not enough, sorry.

We will be needing actual proof either way.

I do not believe either side of the story, yet.

When evidence appears then maybe I will take sides.

posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 05:08 AM
I dont think any evidence needs to be presented to know that this is a hoax. Common sense tells me that we have a better chance at finding a cure for cancer than finding an artifact of this stature.

Besides, how would one know what they were looking at if the Ark was sitting right in front of them? I seriously doubt "Noah's Ark" is written anywhere on the vessel.

Its in pieces by now and probably rotted beyond recognition - I have doubts an expert would even be able to identify it if it was actually found.

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posted on May, 6 2010 @ 07:36 PM
Several people have found the Ark previously. I remember several years back an italian man whom had been on an expedition and found pieces of wood in the ice, he took photos of these and had a website which I am unable to recover right now, but he is not alone, several people including these last chinese explorers have found evidence of the Ark in Mt Ararat.

The anomaly itself is well known and have been so for many decades if not half a century.

And, there are evidence of other boats around in the area, such as this:

Which might well be the petrified remains of a wooden boat. Obviously there would have been more than one guy with a boat in those days, so it is just as expected to find more than one "ark".

Edit: I found the italian guys website, and he found it way back in 2002.
Here is some more evidence of possibly the "Ark":

There are videos and photos on the above website from the 2002 expedition.

Claims that the recent discovery is a hoax created by moving old wood from ground level all the way up into the mountains sounds extremely dubious and would require one heck of an effort, work and secrecy.

And the older italian 2002 discovery supports the recent 2010 discovery by the chinese.

The fact that anchor stones were found as well, by yet another team, further supports the find to be real:

Source, with further evidence:

And finally, to further support the event of the flood being real, is the fact that the flood story is found world wide throughout all kinds of cultures and religions and belief systems strongly indicating that there is truth to it:

Highly unlikely just "coincidences" but rather pointing towards "most likely real" and "very plausible" from all the evidence.

In a court, the flood most likely would have been found "guilty" from all the evidence and witness testimonies and so on, to put it that way.


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