SCIENTISTS may have discovered the remains of Noah’s Ark in what could be the biggest Biblical archaeological discovery of all time.
For millennia scientists and Christians have searched for evidence to prove the fabled boat really did exist.
A team of evangelical Christian explorers found what they claim is “99.9%” certainly evidence of Noah’s Ark beneath snow and volcanic debris on Mount Ararat in Turkey.
Noah’s Ark Ministries International, a Hong Kong-based documentary team, say they have found a wooden structure that they believe is the Biblical boat.
They said the structure carbon dates back 4,800 years and was found around 13,000ft above sea level.
Yeung Wing-cheung, a filmmaker who helped discover the remains, said: “It’s not 100% that it is Noah’s Ark but we think it is 99.9% that this is it.”
Team member Man-fai Yuen added: “The structure is partitioned into different spaces.
“We believe that the wooden structure we entered is the same structure recorded in historical accounts.”
Another team member, Panda Lee, said: “I saw a structure built with plank-like timber.
“Each plank was about eight inches wide. I could see tenons, proof of ancient construction predating the use of metal nails.
“We walked about 100 metres to another site. I could see broken wood fragments embedded in a glacier, and some 20 metres long.”
The team said the structure had several compartments, including wooden beams and discovered what seems to be wooden walls, doors, nails and even staircases.
Some, however, are understandably unconvinced by the find.
Mike Pitt, a British archaeologist, said that there is no proof of a great flood, let alone the giant boat which would have been able to hold two of every species.
He said: “If there had been a flood capable of lifting a huge ship four kilometres up the side of a mountain 4,800 years ago, I think there would be substantial geological evidence for this flood around the world — and there isn’t.”