Any thoughts on the news reports in the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph today?
A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical Christians said they had uncovered remnants of Noah’s Ark on its legendary mountain resting place in Turkey.Noah’s Ark Ministries International, a Hong Kong-based documentary outfit, said they recovered wooden specimens from a structure on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey that carbon dating proved the material was 4800 years old, around the same time the ark is said to have been afloat.“It’s not 100 per cent that it is Noah’s Ark but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it,” said Yeung Wing-cheung, a Hong Kong documentary filmmaker and member of the 15-strong team
The comments on the Daily Mail article also make some interesting reading :S
Since I wrote this post earlier, Jeremy Berg has pointed out New Testiment scholar Ben Witherington’s comments warning us that it is likely to be an old ark shrine set up by ark hunters from long ago:
We know that since ancient times, people have been searching for Noah’s Ark. Indeed, in NT times there was a little village in Turkey that minted coins with Mr. and Mrs. Noah on it, claiming they were the village near the spot where Noah landed! People, ancient and modern have been making pilgrimages to the Ararat mountain region, and at various points in history, it appears some enterprising souls have set up ark shrines, with some replica elements, to encourage tourism (and indeed to collect tourist denarii). This has been going on since time immemorial. It is possible another ark shrine has been found, like the one found in the 70s, only this one seems more substantial.
Still interesting stuff though, eh?