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Noah’s Ark found, says Christian group

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers said on Monday that they believe they may have found Noah’s Ark — four thousand metres up a mountain in Turkey.

world Updated: Apr 27, 2010 01:14 IST

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers said on Monday that they believe they may have found Noah’s Ark — four thousand metres up a mountain in Turkey.

The team say they recovered wooden specimens from a structure on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey that carbon dating proved was 4,800 years old, around the same time the ark is said to have been afloat.

“It’s not 100 per cent that it is Noah’s Ark but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it,” Yeung Wing-cheung, a Hong Kong documentary filmmaker and member of the 15-strong team from Noah’s Ark Ministries International told AFP.

The structure had several compartments, some with wooden beams, which were believed to house animals, he said.

The group of evangelical archaeologists ruled out an established human settlement on the grounds that one had never been found above 3,500 metres in the vicinity, Yeung said.

Local Turkish officials will ask the central government in Ankara to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status so the site can be protected while a major archaeological dig is conducted, Yeung added.