A group composed of archaeologists, geologists, scientists, and biblical historians discovered the remains of Noah’s Ark in Iran. The location of Noah’s Ark may come as a surprise to many people, because Christians have always believed Noah's Ark was on top of Mount Ararat, in eastern Turkey.
How do they know that the finding was Noah’s Ark?
According to a spokesperson, a lab in Houston, Texas used by the Smithsonian tested the alleged remains of the Ark and concluded that the remains found by the group were petrified wood, and that fossilized sea animals were inside the Ark.
For the news report and a video showing remains of the petrified wood, click here.
Personally, I believe that the discovery does not prove that the petrified wood is part of the remains of Noah’s Ark. Even though the remains were found on a mountain, in a location more than 13,000 feet above sea level and even though the group claims to have found a 400-foot long object, the remains cannot be conclusively proven to be Noah’s Ark.
This brings us to an amazing conundrum.
In the past, many good and reputable archaeologists, geologists, scientists, and biblical historians have claimed that they had discovered Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat in Turkey. Some of these folks have been inside the Ark and one of them even brought back a piece of the Ark.
I wrote a blog on Noah’s Ark. To read my blog, “Searching for Noah’s Ark” and see a photo of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat (the so-called Ararat Anomaly), click here
Now, we have a group of archaeologists, geologists, scientists, and biblical historians who affirm that they have found the Ark in Iran and they even bring back petrified wood to confirm their finding.
The fact is that both groups cannot be right. There were not two Arks and there were not two floods. So, one group is right and one group is wrong. Which group is right and which group is wrong? Where is the Ark? In Turkey or in Iran? I have no idea and this is the reason that I do not place much credence on claims that Noah’s Ark has been found.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary