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Famed Archeologist Claims Possible Proof That Noah’s Ark Flood Actually Happened

December 11, 2012 2:31 pm 8 comments

Production of the set for Aronofsky's "Noah" film. Photo: @DarrenAronofsky.

The famed archaeologist responsible for discovering the titanic wreck says that he thinks he has proof that the flood at the center of the biblical Noah’s Ark story actually happened.

Robert Ballard and his team are probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah. He told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour  that, using robotic technology to travel farther back in time, he is on a marine  archaeological mission that might support the story of Noah. He said some 12,000 years ago, much of the world was covered in ice.

“Where I live in Connecticut was ice a mile above my house, all the way back to the North Pole, about 15 million kilometers, that’s a big ice cube,” he said, according to ABC News’ website. “But then it started to melt. We’re talking about the floods of our living history.”

The water from the melting glaciers met the world’s oceans causing floods all around the world.

“The questions is, was there a mother of all floods,” Ballard said.

According to a controversial theory proposed by two Columbia University scientists, there really was a great flood in the Black Sea region caused by an enormous wall of water from the rising Mediterranean Sea. The force of the water was two hundred times that of Niagara Falls, and swept away everything in its path. They believe that the now-salty Black Sea was once an isolated freshwater lake surrounded by farmland.

“We went in there to look for the flood,” Ballard said. “Not just a slow moving, advancing rise of sea level, but a really big flood that then stayed… The land that went under stayed under.”

Four hundred feet below the surface of the Black Sea, Ballard and his team found an ancient shoreline, proof to them that a catastrophic event did happen there. By carbon dating shells found along the shoreline, Ballard said he believes they have established a timeline for that catastrophic event which would place it somewhere around 5,000 BC, roughly the same time some experts believe Noah’s flood could have occurred.

8 Comments

  • I am going to bring floodwaters on the Earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. (Genesis 6:17 NIV)

  • Much agree with Simons post. Religious Fundamentalism distorts history to turn fable into fact. We may find the origin of Bible stories but we will never establish the mythical events as fact because they simply did not happen. This article rather pretends that scientific investigations do confirm Bible stories. They don’t. Not at all. If anything they explain them away, including explaining why they never found kangaroo bones in the Middle East.

    I hope that one day the world will grow up and recognise that at the core of almost all religion is an attempt to divinely authorise particular land ownership. Thre will be no peace until we all get over that idea because several religions lay claim to the same land. No-one really owns the land – it belongs to the planet itself and is what we most have to learn to share. Fundamentalist religious culture makes that almost impossible

    There undoubtedly were floods that inspired legends – but that is all. There is no real mystery to the origin of the Noah legend any more than there is any great mystery to where the modern Santa Claus came from. What is different is the attempt to claim that the Noah story is history whereas Santa was always accepted to have been evolved from a number of North European traditions – especially relating to St Nicholas. He never flew through the air with his reindeer, any more than Noah built an Ark.

    Investigating the aerodynamics of reindeer to prove the Santa story would be rather a waste of time, wouldn’t it? So is attempting to “prove” all obvious legend

    • I would like to inform you all that there is proof, that this is Noah’s arks flood. The proof of it occuring, is especially found in dinosaur fossils. How do they find out how long the bones have been around? They simply look at the bones of the animal and the way it is formed which apears to be millions, and millions, of years ago. False. In the 1980’s in washington state, a volcano erupted causing everything around it to fossilize. Thus, proving that if a major catastrophe occurs (such as maybe this flood) bones can become fossilized and the bible tells us that the earth is 6,000 years old (somewhat) how do I know this is true? If you maybe try reading the bible sometime, the length of time that man walked the earth was added up through the time of Adam to Jesus. Those numbers turned out to be around that time period of 6,000 years. I would like to let you all be aware, I am 15 and i know the truth thank you for reading my comment.

      • Vicki Lichtenberger

        Your parents should be very proud of you because I am…and I really don’t know you. Well said young man! More children should have your knowledge and boldness for the Lord. God Bless you!

    • Suzanne Teunissen

      I think that you will find (if you actually read the Bible) that, “the earth belongs to the Lord and everything in it”. Mankind is simply stewards of His earth and will one day be held accountable for how they treated it.

  • The headline isn’t missleading. The reading of the Story referring to the entire globe, including America and Australia is misleading. The story refers to the entire known world of Noach.
    The Talmud itself says that the flood did not reach Israel.
    And as we also know, Mount Ararat is not the tallest mountain in the world, not even by a longshot. But it is described as the tallest mountain in the world in the story of Noach.

  • This headline is misleading. Ballard isn’t trying to prove that there was a global flood as detailed in Genesis, which archaeologists know didn’t happen. He’s trying to see if a large flood that could have inspired the myth of Noah and other Near Eastern equivalents might have actually taken place. There’s a difference. The headline makes it look as though the archaeologist is confirming the biblical story, which is dishonest. You should make a correction.

    • Not all archaeologists, Simon. And if these had kept their peace, the very fossils will have cried out.

      What am I saying? The fossils ARE crying out. The Flood left evidence. I can read that evidence without having to peer through the lens of obfuscatory priestcraft. And I don’t need any such priests to tell me who Noah was, or what he did.

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