In what is being claimed by a group of Turkish and Chinese explorers, the Ark that was built by Noah before the great flood, may have been located on Mount Ararat. This is not the first time that such a claim has been made that the Ark is in fact on top of the mountain located in Turkey. In the National Geographic article it also stated that:
“It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it,” Yeung Wing-cheung, a filmmaker accompanying the explorers, told The Daily Mail.
On their website National Geographic has posted a video of what the explorers claim are sections of wood which may belong to the Ark. There is also a claim that carbon dating indicates that the wood is about 4,800 years old. This is where Bible scholars struggle to determine the reliability of carbon dating. The article also states that:
Skepticism of the new Noah’s ark claim extends to at least one scholar who interprets the Bible literally.
Biologist Todd Wood is director of the Center for Origins Research at Bryan College in Tennessee, which pursues biology in a creationist framework.
As a creationist, Wood believes God created Earth and its various life-forms out of nothing roughly 6,000 years ago.
“If you accept a young chronology for the Earth … then radiocarbon dating has to be reinterpreted,” because the method often yields dates much older than 6,000 years, Wood said.
Radiocarbon dating estimates the ages of organic objects by measuring the radioisotope carbon 14, which is known to decay at a set rate over time. The method is generally thought to reach its limit with objects about 60,000 years old. Earth is generally thought to be about four and a half billion years old.
Across the board, radiocarbon dates need to be recalibrated, Wood believes, to reflect shorter time frames.
This is what is going to make the true identity of the Ark almost impossible since some believe that carbon dating is unreliable. Another theory is that the wooden structure that was located could of been the remains of a monastery build to honor where earlier Christians believed the Ark to be.
This is going to be almost impossible to prove whether what has been found is the real Ark Noah built or not.