Yesterday, when we first saw the Drudge headline that a group claimed to have found Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat, we were skeptical. Not because we don’t believe in the biblical story, but because the Evangelical Christian group that says they found it is called “Noah’s Ark Ministries International” and, unlike normal archaeology groups, has a vested interest in trying to prove the biblical story of the flood. It would be a little bit like if a Scientology group called, “No Really, Xenu Really Existed” was the one, not a geology group, to find evidence of the hydrogen bombs in Earth’s volcanoes that blew up all the thetans.
(Wow, that really makes it sound like we don’t believe the biblical story, doesn’t it?) Anyway, more scientists are weighing in this morning, and even though this is merely the latest in a long string of claims to have found the legendary boat, the jury is apparently still out on whether it at least could be from the same time period, and could have served such a purpose. As George Washington University’s Eric Cline pointed out on ABC this morning: “Even if it did land on top of a mountain, I would think that the first thing you did would be to take the boat apart and make a building. I mean, wood’s going to be scarce. Instead of looking for Noah’s Ark, I’d be looking for Noah’s First House.”
Ancient Wood Structure Discovered on Mount Ararat [Noah’s Ark Search]