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Italian explorer claims that wooden beams from Noah's Ark have been discovered on Mt. Ararat

Italian explorer claims that wooden beams from Noah's Ark have been discovered on Mt. Ararat

Tito de Luca is an Italian adventurer who is determined to find out once and for all whether the biblical Noah's Ark is located on Mt. Ararat in Armenia. According to the Bible, the ark landed on Mt. Ararat once flood waters subsided.

De Luca is convinced that there are remains of the ark on the mountain and in his book, In the Footsteps of Noah's Ark, claims that his published photos show the remains of wooden beams that were found at an altitude of more than 1300 feet. He says that these wooden objects are remnants of the ark that were preserved in ice.  Some reportedly have a layer of natural tar, which the Bible says Noah used to seal the ark.

According to de Luca, the ark looked like a big box with a single window and an opening in the roof. He says that it was divided into three floors that were each sixteen feet high.

De Luca's website, NoahsArk.it, states:

We are a research group and our purpose is to prove that the biblical Deluge positively took place and that the remains of the ark are still laying at over 4000 meters on the Mount Ararat. The statements of clergy ministers, historians, Russian and American pilots, and many other people, who claim to have seen the ark and can give direct evidences, prove our belief to be true. Fernand Navarra, French researcher, first in 1955 and then in 1969, extracted a wooden beam from the Parrot glacier. On December 2002 our colleague Claudio Schranz filmed a wooden beam protruding from the same glacier. Our colleague Eng. Palego made known these findings to entire world.

Despite skepticism of the Noah's Ark story and constant debunking of alleged Noah's Ark findings, people such as de Luca continue to hunt for the biblical ship.


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  • Peter

    Actually the bible says "the ark came to rest on themountains of Ararat, not a specific mountain. (Gen. 8:4) And, of course, a wooden would still be around after 4000 years, happens all the time.

  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    Oh yes. Like the Shroud of Turin and those bones are "Jesus'". I don't think these beams belonged to Noah's Ark.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003909914748 Secular Skeptic Steven

    "We are a research group and our purpose is to prove that the biblical Deluge positively took place". You should call yourselves a proof group, because that's what you're looking to do, prove something not research it. Talk about presuppositions… lol.

  • Deist1737

    It's amazing that otherwise intelligent people turn their backs on their reason when it comes to religion. Especially if you look at reason as God-given second in importance only to life itself. How can you say you're following God when you reject God's gift to you of reason? As the French Deist Voltaire pointed out, there is no need for faith in regards to belief in God. He wrote, "What is faith? Is it to believe that which is evident? No. It is perfectly evident to my mind that there exists a necessary, eternal, supreme, and intelligent being. This is no matter of faith, but of reason." Religion can't handle reason while the simple belief in the Supreme Intelligence/God requires reason.

    Regarding the search for the alleged ark, don't these Christians know Noah must have had two termites on board? Over the years they and their ancestors must have eaten the wooden ark!

    Progress! Bob Johnson
    http://www.deism.com

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