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New evidence discovered at alleged resting place of Noah's Ark in Turkey

By T.K. Randall
October 28, 2023 · Comment icon 10 comments
The Durupinar site in Turkey.
Is this Noah's Ark ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Zorka Sojka
Scientists have found evidence of human activity dating back to the time of the Biblical vessel.
Whether or not you happen to believe that the events described in the Old Testament actually took place, the tale of Noah, the ark and the great flood needs no introduction.

For centuries, scholars have attempted to track down the final resting place of the ark which, according to the Bible, came to a stop somewhere in the mountains of modern day Turkey.

One site in particular - known as the Durupinar formation - is thought by some to be the petrified remains of the ark itself. Vaguely resembling the shape of a vessel, it is situated in Turkey approximately 3km north of the Iranian border and around 6,500ft above sea level.

While geologists generally argue that the site is a natural formation, since 2021 scientists from three universities in Turkey and the United States have been analyzing samples of the rocks and soil found at the site to determine if it really is home to Noah's iconic vessel.
Now, according to the initial results, there is in fact evidence of human activity at the site in the form of "clayey materials, marine materials and seafood" which date back to the time of the great flood.

"According to the first findings obtained from the studies, it is thought that there have been human activities in the region since the Chalcolithic period, that is, between the years 5500 and 3000 BC," said Prof. Dr. Faruk Kaya of the Agri Ibrahim Cecen University.

"It is known that the flood of Prophet Noah went back 5,000 years."

Of course, evidence of human activity at the site from around that time neither confirms nor denies that the formation itself is Noah's ark, nor that Noah actually existed.

For those hoping to prove once and for all that the site really is the final resting place of the ark, however, it does - at the very least - represent a step in the right direction.

Source: New York Post | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Alchopwn 4 months ago
I think the Durupinar site gets discovered by new idiots every couple of years.  It's a natural rock formation.  As for finding seaside materials on mountains... It happens all the time.  Most mountains have compacted and been pushed up from super-ancient sea beds by the movement of the continental plates over millions of years.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 4 months ago
Agreed. I think this is the 4th time in my life I've seen an "ark discovered" story. Must be good money in publishing tasty stories. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by qxcontinuum 4 months ago
There is actually a documentary about this one, and they found a lot of wooden logs remains that strengthened the story. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Alchopwn 4 months ago
Believe it if you want, but the claims about fossilized wood have proven to be false before too.  I get the sense that Durupinar has been mis-identified as Noah's Ark for centuries.  Face facts.  There would be immense global evidence in the geological record of Noah's flood if it ever happened.  There is no such evidence.  If we suppose that Noah's Flood occurred at the end of the last Ice Age, which is at least plausible, then it might relate to the mass flooding of the Tigris-Euprhates River system and the creation of the Persian Gulf.  That was the biggest flooding event in the Middl... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Piney 4 months ago
@Doug1066 suggested it was misidentified for a few thousand years. Not too surprising though. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney 4 months ago
Nothing strengthens the story. The ancient Jews borrowed it during the Babylonian Captivity and the original ark was made of reeds. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Essan 4 months ago
I'll believe it only when they find 5,000 year old Platypus dung ?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney 4 months ago
I made a joke with a Bible literalist about digging up beaver and bison **** under Mt. Ararat. It went over their head. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Occupational Hubris 4 months ago
lol people still believing this crap 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Doug1066 4 months ago
The only sub-fossil wood I know of from Mount Ararat was dated to 1600 AD. I suspect Durupinar is the source of the Noah's Arc story. There is evidence of a titanic flood about 2310 BC.  It is attested by varve counts from Lake Accessa, the Palermo Stone, the writings of Manetho and Egyptian records of a massive flood during the First Dynasty. Prior to that flood, there were possibly two superfloods between 3600 BC and 2310 BC.  There was a trio of super floods at 4250 BC, 4050 BC and 3850 BC. There may have been three superfloods during the Northgrippian.  And 5 more during the Younger Dry... [More]

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