Biblical scholars and scientists have for years tried to unravel the secret history of Noah's Ark.
Assuming the legendary ark did exist once in the distant past, there is still so much we do not know about the vessel that carried Noah and all the animals
to safer land while trying to escape the Great Flood.
Many people associate the story of the Great Flood with the Bible.
However, ancient cultures all across the world have myths and legends describing a time in the distant past when a horrifying Deluge wiped all almost all
life on Earth.
The story of Noah's ark is not just a Biblical story.
Noah was known under a different name in India, among ancient Egyptians and Native Americans,
just to mention a few cultures.
Nevertheless, it all happened so long ago and one can wonder what scientific proof might exist that can confirm the veracity of this ancient event.
Did the Great Flood really happen and was the Ark ever built?
In 1985, using a robotic submersible equipped with remote-controlled cameras, Ballard and his crew hunted down the world's most famous shipwreck, the Titanic.
This time, he and his team believe that their marine archeological mission might support the story of Noah.
He said some 12,000 years ago, much of the world was covered in ice.
The mission was a success. About four hundred feet below the surface, Ballard and his team unearthed an ancient shoreline.
This was proof to Ballard that a catastrophic event did happen in the Black Sea.
New evidence suggests Noah's Ark had a different shape...
"By carbon dating shells found along the shoreline, Ballard said he believes they have established a timeline for that catastrophic event, which he estimates
happened around 5,000 BC. Some experts believe this was around the time when Noah's flood could have occurred.
"It probably was a bad day," Ballard said. "At some magic moment, it broke through and flooded this place violently, and a lot of real estate, 150,000
square kilometers of land, went under."
Ballard has no hopes of finding the legendary Ark, but there are those who think it could be possible.
In 2010, a group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers from Noah's Ark Ministries International believe a relic uncovered 12,000ft up Mount Ararat
in eastern Turkey is the biblical vessel.
However, Professor Martin Biddle, emeritus professor of Medieval Archaeology at Oxford University, told the Daily Express: "There's no evidence whatsoever
that the story is more than a myth and certainly there's no evidence that anything of that kind exists in Turkey."
Abu Sidhum Site, Egypt- View from Google Earth. Image credit: Angela Micol
Image credit: Angela Micol
It is believed that the constructions are either damaged pyramids or antediluvian remains.
It should be added that there is no evidence that these remarkable structures are from times before the Great Flood but one cannot dismiss the possibility their
destruction was caused by the devastating waters. Obviously some sort of huge natural disaster did take place in the region.
According to Dr. Finkel, Noah's Ark was a round coracle and looked very different from its traditional image.
In addition, the Ark had two decks with cabins for the animals.
The evidence comes from a 4,700-year-old tablet of clay covered in cuneiform writing, which contains "detailed instruction manual for building an ark," says Finkel,
an assistant keeper of the ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures department at the British Museum.
Finkel, an expert in deciphering ancient cuneiform script, discovered the text contained instructions for building a round coracle 65 metres in diameter, with
walls six metres high. It was apparently made from ropes and rushes waterproofed with bitumen, and the animals were loaded "two by two", according to the Sunday
The tablet was originally found in the Middle East by Leonard Simmons, who served in the RAF from 1945-48. However, the ancient artefact wasn't subject to any
research until Simmons's son Douglas took it to the British Museum in 2008.
Will we ever learn the truth about Noah's Ark? Time will tell…
In THE ARK BEFORE NOAH, British Museum expert Dr Irving Finkel reveals how decoding the symbols on a 4,000 year old piece of clay enable a radical new interpretation
of the Noah's Ark myth. A world authority on the period, Dr Finkel's enthralling real-life detective story began with a most remarkable event at
the British Museum - the arrival one day in 2008 of a single, modest-sized Babylonian cuneiform tablet -
the palm-sized clay rectangles on which our ancestors created the first documents.
It had been brought in by a member of the public and this particular tablet proved to be of quite extraordinary importance.
Not only does it date from about 1850 BC,
but it is a copy of the Babylonian Story of the Flood, a myth from ancient Mesopotamia revealing among other things, instructions for building a large boat to
survive a flood. But Dr Finkel's pioneering work didn't stop there. Through another series of enthralling discoveries he has been able to decode the myth of the
Flood in ways which offer unanticipated revelations to readers of THE ARK BEFORE NOAH.
Controversial Ancient Tomb Could Prove The Existence Of Biblical Jonah
Everything in this tomb seems unusual when contrasted with what one normally finds inscribed on ossuaries in Jewish
tombs of this period," said ames D. Tabor, professor and chair of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
"Of the seven ossuaries remaining in the tomb, four of them have unusual features."
Who Installed "This Object" At The Bottom Of The Ocean?
Our oceans are full of secrets, and this is one of them.
Deep beneath the waters we find ruins of ancient lost civilizations, wreckage of old ships and planes, and sometimes we come across very strange, unidentified objects.
Looking at this odd construction, one has to ask - Who installed this object at the bottom of the ocean?