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Noah’s Ark discovered in Turkey

An evangelical group claims Noah’s Ark discovery in Turkey.

Turkish daily news hurriyet reports that a group of Hong Kong and Turkish evangelical explorers said Monday they believe they may have found Noah’s Ark at the top of Turkey’s legendary Mount Ararat.

The team said they recovered wooden specimens from a structure on the eastern Turkish mountain that carbon dating indicated was 4,800 years old – from roughly the same time period the ark is said to have been in use.

The structure had several compartments, some with wooden beams, which were believed to house animals, he said.

The group of evangelical archaeologists ruled out an established human settlement on the grounds that one had never been found above 3,500 meters in the vicinity.

Local Turkish officials will ask the central government in Ankara to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status so the site can be protected while a major archaeological dig is conducted.

The biblical story says God decided to flood the earth after seeing how corrupt it had become and told Noah to build an ark and fill it with two of every animal species.

After the flood waters receded, the Bible says, the ark came to rest on a mountain. Many believe Mount Ararat, the highest point in the region, is where the ark and its inhabitants came aground.

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