“In October 2008, I climbed the mountain with the Turkish team.At an elevation of more than 4,000 meters, I saw a structure built with plank-like timber. I could see tenons, proof of ancient construction predating the use of metal nails." We walked about 100 meters to another site.The group claims that carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old, meaning they date to around the same time the ark was said to be afloat. Ararat has long been suspected as the final resting place of the craft by evangelicals and literalists hoping to validate biblical stories.Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah's Ark Ministries International research team that made the discovery, said: "It's not 100 percent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it." There have been several reported discoveries of the remains of Noah's Ark over the years, most notably a find by archaeologist Ron Wyatt in 1987. Pick your dream destination and see our exclusive travel guide.You can even subscribe to our newsletter, so you won't miss any latest update and the hottest things to do in town.
Many believe that Mount Ararat, the highest point in the region, is where the ark and her inhabitants ran aground.
“The significance of this find is that for the first time in history the discovery of Noah’s Ark is well documented and revealed to the worldwide community,” Aalten said at a press conference announcing the find.
Citing the many details that match historical accounts of the Ark, he believes it to be a legitimate archaeological discovery.
The biblical story says that God decided to flood the Earth after seeing how corrupt it was.
He then told Noah to build an ark and fill it with two of every animal species.