posted on Jan, 30 2013 @ 08:24 AM
The site is still a hoax
I'm going by memory on this, but the rundown is this:
Local sherpa and Mt. Ararat guide (Parasut) staged a phony site in a small ice cavern/cave - items planted by the guide include late 19th c. wooden
pulleys, wooden spoons, etc. Good enough to deceive Bible tourists spending their money to "tour" Noah's Ark.
NAMI (Noah's Ark Ministries International) a "Noah's Ark" Ministry based in Hong Kong get's involved and produces a film about the "discovery".
The film also pays a certain "Dr. Joel Klenck" to lend his credibility. If I recall, this was in response to how badly the "discovery" was panned
by the Archeological community, who picked apart the fallacy of the initial photos of the site.
Klenck decides to get more involved and tour the site himself. The original tour guide Parasut done run off, so Klenck hired a tour company named
"Mt. Ararat Trek", aka Amy Beam, to trek up Mt. Ararat. However, Beam's tour did NOT include stopovers at any Ice Caves harboring Noah's Ark - so
Klenck decides to "vanish" from the tour and go on a little sight-seeing alone. This caused an uproar in the Beam Camp, who reported Klenck as
missing (presumed lost or dead), Turkish authorities ordered Klenck arrested. Klenck shows up after a few hours. Claims he was "taking a dump behind
some rocks", claims, during a debriefing, that he has never heard of NAMI nor was he there to search for Noah's Ark - proven to be lies when the
NAMI film was released starring said doctor.
In short, Klenck's attempt to view the site was cut short, he lied about any "anomalous, wooden mass", he began posting self-published
press-releases via his own blog and SBWire about his discoveries, the artifacts have never been corroborated, and his educational background makes him
the most dangerous type of fraudster - one who knows the craft well enough to stage a really good fake. Parasut couldn't pull it off, but then once
his small scam was uncovered he beat feet. However Klenck has to much too lose - he traded in his academic credentials for a fast buck from NAMI and
now he has to save face by continually adding to the fraud every year.
The Christian Science Monitor has called the site a hoax. The jury is till out on whether it was a completely staged site, OR a site that did harbor
(at some point) a 'post-flood settlement'.
Amy Beam's account (PDF File)
The Christian Science Monitor and a number other organizations are already calling the find a hoax. The Monitor quotes Dr. Randall Price, an Ark
researcher and professor at Liberty University. He says he was with the team in a 2008 expedition to the site. Price claims in a leaked e-mail that a
group of Kurdish men transported ancient wood beams to the site and planted them there.