Explorers Claim They Have Found Noah's Ark

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A group of Christian explorers claim they have found Noah's Ark.

A 15-member team of Chinese and Turkish evangelicals said they found wooden remains of a huge ship up at the 13,000 feet level on the slopes of Mount Ararat in Turkey.

The group said the structure has several compartments that could have been used to store animals.

The Bible says in Gen. 8:4 that the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The Bible only gives a general location for the final resting place of Noah's Ark.

Skeptics continue to question the find, since there have been several reported discoveries of Noah's Ark in the past.

"We are not saying that we are 100 percent certain that what we found is Noah's Ark. No one has ever seen the ark, no one knows what it looks like," Yeung Wing-cheung of Noah's Ark Ministries International said. "We are only 99 percent certain that it is Noah's Ark based on historical accounts, including the Bible and local beliefs of the people in the area, as well as carbon dating."

The group claims their carbon dating tests revealed the wood from the structure is at least 4,800 years old. 

"We are sure these parts belong to the ship of Noah," one Turkish scientist said with the help of a translator.

During the press conference on Wednesday, Panda Lee, one of the explorers described visiting the site a year and a half ago. 

“In October 2008, I climbed the mountain with the Turkish team," she said. "At an elevation of more than 4,000 meters, I saw a structure built with plank-like timber. Each plank was about 8 inches wide. I could see tenons, proof of ancient construction predating the use of metal nails."

"We walked about 100 meters to another site. I could see broken wood fragments embedded in a glacier, and some 20 meters long. I surveyed the landscape and found that the wooden structure was permanently covered by ice and volcanic rocks," Lee added.

Yeung told ABC News he plans to appeal to scientists around the globe to come and examine their findings for themselves.

Local officials said they will ask the Turkish government to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status so the site can be protected. 

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