Has Noah's Ark been found?

Almost certainly not.
 
I'm going to assume that everything written in this piece is true. But take a hard-eyed look at it. Strip out all the speculation and unsupported assumptions. What does it actually say? That they've found the remains of a wooden structure. Whether or not the structure was a boat would need to be determined by someone qualified (I'd like to see the actual qualifications of the people quoted in this article). But even if it is, it's a long leap from finding a boat to assuming you've found Noah's ark.
 
What's the evidence that these remains are of the boat described in Genesis? An ostensible similarity in dimensions? Insufficient, it's far too easy for that to be coincidence, especially considering how much error is likely in these kinds of mesurements. They found animal bones in the dirt? Come on. Dig deep enough in any area with a wildlife population and you're going to find animal remains. Or should we assume that, after the flood, Noah lock a bunch on animals on the ark and left them there for spite?  Traditions?  That does, after all, seem to be the basis of this assumption. There are traditions that connect Ararat with Noah's ark, so anything ship-like that gets discovered there becomes "Noah's ark". 
 
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, all the author offers here is a whole bunch of speculation. Even taking all the information in this article at face value, it makes a very weak case for having discovered the historical 'ark'.

UPDATE: Having read a report from Dr. Andrew Snelling of creation.com, it turns out that even taking the post at face value was giving it too much credit. The post was filled to the brim with outright falsehoods, and it now sounds exceptionally unlikely that there was even a wooden structure there.

3 Replies to “Has Noah's Ark been found?”

  1. Noah's Ark has been found exactly in the place which has been mentioned in the Qur'an. In Quran, Allah says-

    And it was said: "O earth! Swallow up your water, and O sky! Withhold (your rain)." And the water was diminished (made to subside) and the Decree (of Allaah) was fulfilled (i.e. the destruction of the people of Nuh (Noah). AND IT (THE SHIP) RESTED ON MOUNT JUDI, and it was said: "Away with the people who are Zalimuun (polytheists and wrong-doing)!" [Quran 11: 44]

    This will of Allah for Noah’s Ark to rest at Mount Judi, whose story Muslims know very well and understand its lessons, but they still have little information about where Mount Judi is. Though the matter is of less significance than the story itself, people are curious to know where the Ark is.

    According to The Observer newspaper, 16 January 1994, a team of scientists said that they had found Noah’s Ark on the Turkish-Iranian border, 32 kilometers from Mount Ararat, according to the leader of that team who had been investigating the site for six years.

    The Turkish government was so convinced by the findings that, after years of intransigence, it had designated the site one of special archaeological interest and agreed to its excavation later. The remote site contained a buried, ship-like object, resting at an altitude of 2,300 meters. At 170 meters long and 45 meters wide, it conformed almost exactly to the 300 cubits by 50-cubit boat that God told Noah to build, according to Genesis 6 in the Bible.

    On the surrounding terrain, the American and Middle Eastern scientists had identified huge stones with holes carved at one end that they believed were “drogue-stones,” dragged behind ships in the ancient world to stabilize them. Radar soundings indicated unusual levels of iron-oxide distribution.

    Salih Bayraktutan, head of geology at Turkey’s Ataturk University, estimated the age of the ‘vessel’ at more than 100,000 years! “It is a man-made structure and for sure it is Noah’s Ark”, he said. The site was directly below the mountain of Al Judi, named in the Qur’an as the Ark’s resting place.

    [Reference:Noah’s Ark Found

    إسلام ويب – سعادة تمتد ,YouTube]

  2. No.

    This account aligns with others that have been declared a hoax: Noah's Ark Hoax Claim Doesn't Deter Believers. But just because a hoax is perpetrated doesn't mean that there isn't an underlying truth. Let's observe the evidence.

    Noah's Ark is a myth which may have had some historicity due to the large number of flood myths told worldwide. Yet the idea that there was an ark, that two of every animal was kept aboard it for the outrageous span of 40 days + the time it took for the waters to recede, that it rested on top of a mountain surrounded by water covering the whole earth, and that only one family out of all humanity survived is false. If such a extinction level event happened, we would easily see evidence in the Most recent common ancestor being within 10k years for all of humanity as well as parallels and similar extinction level events in the animal and avian kingdoms, either localized to a place or globally. Yet the existence of isolated species as well as genetically isolated populations of humans points to older common descent.

    Did someone ever build a big ship out of wood? You betcha. If I excavate that ship anywhere in the world, does that mean it was used to survive a worldwide flood? Not on your life. Not even if I found carcasses of every animal in the world scattered around the ark in a pattern of post-survival bloom and bust migration and "Noah got naked here" scratched on a cave wall in Canaanaite would that be scientific proof of any such tale. You might call such thing a conjecture to explain the evidence, but its usefulness to science would have to explain other patterns observed to qualify as a theory.

    If you are to believe the evidence of a Flood myth, you should deny the existence of the "one true god" and begin at once the devoted worship of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enki, aka Ea, since an extant ark in Mesopotamia would be similar compelling so-called evidence of that god's fairytales. There's great difficulty in performing an honest evaluation of your own myths you've been taught as true from birth, and one easy way is to look skeptically at another mythology, look for implausibilities, then see if those same implausibilities exist in your own myths.

    You need to ask some critical questions. Why an ark? Why a flood? These things are all conceivable to the ancient mind, experiences that almost all peoples worldwide would have known about. Why were the animals who were selected chosen out of all the other animals? What would have been the effect on reproduction and distribution of species? Why this miracle, instead of just lightning-bolting the asses of all the sinners? Why were all of humanity, men, women, and children, eradicated in favor of Noah, who later sins himself? Where were the corpses deposited? How many died? Why isn't there a similar deposit of hundreds or thousands of mud-logged corpses also washed up where the Ark landed?

    On the other hand, we have good evidence that we are not the first set of people to have a big problem with the historical inaccuracies of the bible. The book of Jubilees is such evidence- dating to 100-150 BCE, this book attempts to iron out exactly what happened, put hard dates on things, and significantly expands on the mythology.

    Jubilees 5-6, from The Book Of Jubilees

    5: 19 He will show mercy to all who turn from all their guilt once each year.] And as for all those who corrupted their ways and their thoughts before the flood, no man's person was accepted save that of Noah alone; for his person was accepted in behalf of his sons, whom (God) saved from the waters of the flood on his account; for his heart was righteous in all his ways, according as it was com-
    20 manded regarding him, and he had not departed from aught that was ordained for him. And the Lord said that he would destroy everything which was upon the earth, both men and cattle, and
    21 beasts, and fowls of the air, and that which moveth on the earth. And He commanded Noah to
    22 make him an ark, that he might save himself from the waters of the flood. And Noah made the ark in all respects as He commanded him, in the twenty-seventh jubilee of years, in the fifth week
    23 in the fifth year (on the new moon of the first month). [1307 A.M.] And he entered in the sixth (year) thereof, [1308 A.M.] in the second month, on the new moon of the second month, till the sixteenth; and he entered, and all that we brought to him, into the ark, and the Lord closed it from without on the seventeenth evening.
    24 And the Lord opened seven flood-gates of heaven, And the mouths of the fountains of the great deep, seven mouths in number.
    25 And the flood-gates began to pour down water from the heaven forty days and forty nights, And the fountains of the deep also sent up waters, until the whole world was full of water.
    26 And the waters increased upon the earth: Fifteen cubits did the waters rise above all the high mountains, And the ark was lift up above the earth, And it moved upon the face of the waters.
    27 And the water prevailed on the face of the earth five months -one hundred and fifty days.
    28, 29 And the ark went and rested on the top of Lubar (see: The Genesis Apocryphon of Qumran Cave 1), one of the mountains of Ararat. And (on the new moon) in the fourth month the fountains of the great deep were closed and the flood-gates of heaven were restrained; and on the new moon of the seventh month all the mouths of the abysses
    30 of the earth were opened, and the water began to descend into the deep below. And on the new moon of the tenth month the tops of the mountains were seen, and on the new moon of the first
    31 month the earth became visible. And the waters disappeared from above the earth in the fifth week in the seventh year [1309 A.M.] thereof, and on the seventeenth day in the second month the earth was dry.
    32 And on the twenty-seventh thereof he opened the ark, and sent forth from it beasts, and cattle, and birds, and every moving thing.
    6:  1 And on the new moon of the third month he went forth from the ark, and built an altar on
    2 that mountain. And he made atonement for the earth, and took a kid and made atonement by its blood for all the guilt of the earth; for everything that had been on it had been destroyed, save
    3 those that were in the ark with Noah…
    15 … And He gave to Noah and his sons a sign that there should not again 16 be a flood on the earth. He set His bow in the cloud for a sign of the eternal covenant that there
    17 should not again be a flood on the earth to destroy it all the days of the earth. For this reason it is ordained and written on the heavenly tablets, that they should celebrate the feast of weeks in this
    18 month once a year, to renew the covenant every year. And this whole festival was celebrated in heaven from the day of creation till the days of Noah -twenty-six jubilees and five weeks of years [1309-1659 A.M.]: and Noah and his sons observed it for seven jubilees and one week of years, till the day of Noah's death, and from the day of Noah's death his sons did away with (it) until the days of Abraham, and
    19 they eat blood.

    There's also questions about why this evidence doesn't align with other "so called evidence" found of other biblical accounts. For example, if   Chariots in Red Sea: ‘Irrefutable evidence’ has been found with horse and human skeletal remains and chariots of the paltry Egyptian army, numbering in the mere thousands, exists, then why is there no mass grave of humanity in the flood epic? Genuine archaeological sites look like e.g. this: Archaeology Magazine – The Fight for Ancient Sicily – Archaeology Magazine Archive where evidence of ancient battles comes with some evidence of bodies. For there to be an intact ark but no bodies or ruined cities on the scale of Pompeii seems implausible. Why such a flood would destroy all extant culture but not destroy all human prehistory and fossil evidence we have to hand is also at question. Who cleaned up? Who herded the animals to and from the ark? Why invoke such supernaturally implausible feats of engineering and not just suggest that Jesus, in conjunction with Xenu, came down on spaceships shaped like Boeing C-135 Stratolifters and beamed them aboard before hosing down the planet and washing all the existing people to be eaten by the Turtles all the way down.

    The idea that there was water covering the earth, and that it "went somewhere", conveniently explains how there could be all of the diverse features of, say, the grand canyon, etc. etc, but only if you don't try to align it with other evidence. If all of the earth was barren, then Noah single handedly replanted the entirety of the earths forests, grasslands, etc., then we should be able to see genetic similarities worldwide and a lack of diversity. Yet, the diversity of species and the complete absence of some species from one part of the world or the other suggests that if evolution is not true, that someone transplanted these species, carried them around the world, from a birthing garden there in Armenia and that all of those species should be able to grow at the foot of Ararat.

    Such mind-bending evidence has been attempted to give credence to Mormonism, e.g. in the Lamanites, but if between 600 BCE and the discovering of the new world at the tail end of the fifteenth century CE the entirety of species were propagated to the new world, that means in a span of about 2100 years two continents were hand-planted. Who did this planting? And why were they so good at engineering and plant and animal husbandry yet left no trace, while the relatively advanced societies of Christianity fought tooth and nail to populate the "West" yet left tools and the impact of technology everywhere?

    These are the problems with myths: like a child cornered by an increasingly improbable lie, you can always invoke a bigger lie to cover your tracks. Do not give credence to fairytales, and you will never find yourself being required to prove impossibilities.

  3. The article posted by the original questioner focuses on the claims of Ron Wyatt. Ron also claimed at various times to have found the following: The house Noah lived in after the flood including his tomb. The location of Sodom and Gomorrah including sulphur an brimstone balls. The Tower of Babel site. The site of the crucifixion complete with remnants of Jesus’s blood. The ark of the covenant and my personal favourite, Egyptian chariot wheels at the bottom of the Red Sea. None of which you can actually go and look at. Is the penny dropping yet?

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