Fakers of the Lost Ark

March 1, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve heard any news about the supposed discovery of Noah’s ark by NAMI (Noah’s Ark Ministries International). You may recall that in April of last year, NAMI announced that their team had discovered a 4800 year old wooden structure buried in the ice on Mount Ararat. They were 99% certain that it was Noah’s ark.

It didn’t take long for allegations to emerge that the entire site was a hoax constructed by locals who were told that they were building a movie set.

Now ark-hunters Don Patton and Randall Price claim to have actually been taken to the site itself by those responsible for its construction. They brought back samples of the wood. Their report states that, “The wood was new, burned with torches and rubbed with ash to make it look old.” Their photos clearly show fresh wood beneath a darkened exterior:


Outraged NAMI has responded by claiming that this wasn’t their site:

This is obviously not our site and against the truth; their malicious claims are intended to causing damage to and discredit Noah’s Ark Ministries International. In fact, there are a lot of caves on Mount Ararat that are look alike.

Yes, I’m sure there are lots of recently-constructed wooden structures built into glaciers at 13,000 feet on Mount Ararat that “are look alike”.

For the full Price & Patton report, as well as a video in which Patton explains his find, you can poke around this page.

When news of this supposed ark find first broke, Bob Cargill wrote an excellent piece on the misuse of archaeology for evangelistic purposes. Even Price and Patton could benefit from giving it a read.


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