Noahs Ark 12The long tradition of people claiming to have discovered the ship in which Noah, his family, and 2 of each animal on the planet supposedly rode out the Great Flood continues. The (UK) Sun announces the earth-shattering news (locally cached version):

The remains of Noah’s Ark have been discovered 13,000 ft up a Turkish mountain, it has been claimed.

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say they have found wooden remains on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey.

They claim carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old — around the same time the ark was said to be afloat.

I remain skeptical of this report that the fabled Noah’s Ark has been found, and for a very good reason: Every other such report has been revealed to be a hoax. Every last one.

Perhaps the most famous was the so-called Jammal Ark Hoax in 1993; in that year, the CBS television network aired a documentary called The Incredible Discovery of Noah’s Ark by a group called Sun International Pictures. It featured a man named George Jammal who claimed to know where the Ark was and to have had lumber from it. It turns out, however, that Jammal had faked the “ark lumber” (cached) — the whole thing was a hoax from beginning to end! Sun International and CBS both claimed ignorance of the hoax and blamed Jammal. While it’s possible the venerable network had been hoodwinked, the documentarians’ innocence is more questionable. They were a great deal closer to whatever Jammal was doing, and therefore reasonably have less of an excuse for being unaware of his shenanigans.

This Skeptic magazine article goes into greater length concerning the nature of this hoax and the duplicity behind it (WebCite cached version).

With a history of 100% disingenuity behind them, all claims to have found Noah’s Ark must be viewed as false … unless and until truly compelling objective evidence — and the analysis of disinterested experts — proves them correct.

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