The story of Noah’s Ark is perhaps one of the most famous in the Bible. Now, archaeologists in Turkey believe they have found evidence supporting the biblical tale.
A team of archaeologists exploring a geological formation in Turkey believe rock and soil samples provide evidence of the ark’s existence, according to the Daily Mail.
Specifically, the archaeologists say the samples of aged rock and soil show that humans were active at the site between 5500 and 3000 BC.
The New York Post reports:
Scientists collected nearly 30 rock and soil samples from the area of the “ruins” and analyzed the findings at the Istanbul Technical University.
The dating study revealed the samples to be between 3500 and 5000 years old, or from 3000 B.C., the most recent time when the catastrophic flood is believed to have occurred.
The archaeological team consists of experts from Istanbul Technical University, Andrew University, and Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen University, the Daily Mail reports.
They have been working for almost a year at the site where it is believed Noah’s ark came to rest.
The Bible tells in Genesis 6-9 how God instructed Noah, a righteous man, to build a massive ark. The ark was to protect Noah and his family and select animals from a great flood that would destroy the Earth due to man’s wickedness.
After the floodwaters receded, the ark came to rest on what is believed to be Mount Ararat in Turkey. That is where people have been searching for the remains of the ark.
There have been many claims of Noah’s ark being found over the years, but none of them have been verified.
According to Genesis 8:1-4:
… God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.