Time has a story on the supposed Ark discovery. Several things are leaping out as I read:
They camp on a hilly bluff, the sun setting over the Anatolian hinterland below. Moments later, we go inside a dark cave and watch members of the expedition inspect what appears to be a solid wooden wall, entombed within layers of glacial ice and volcanic rock. A gnarled beam runs suspended from one part of the cavern to another. There’s straw and bits of old rope on the ground; a structure is taking shape. What is it? According to the explorers, it’s Noah’s Ark, literally frozen in time.
Oh, so they’re inside a cave and they find this stuff. Funny how a gigantic boat can wind up inside of a cave.Well, I suppose it could be an ice cave but that doesn’t sound like the description.
on show are pieces of petrified wood allegedly carbon-dated at 4,800 years old
You can carbon date silicified wood? And it’s silicified already? I’m thinking it’s a mistake on the reporter’s part.
While they have only released a brief, edited video of their trek and discovery to the public, Yeung says they have shown full footage of the ascent to colleagues in the cult field of Arkeology.
Eric Cline, a prominent biblical archaeologist at George Washington University and author of the best-selling From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible, questions why this group made up mostly of amateurs in the field chose to announce their findings at a press conference rather than have them peer-reviewed and then published in a scholarly journal, as is standard archaeological and scientific practice.
Mostly anyway. Seems these days the cameras are the first things some archaeologists seek out. Well, I should say this isn’t a super-duper criticism. Certainly a press conference on a big discovery can take place soon afterwards, before major papers come out.
They touch on some of the possibilities I’ve been thinking of since this was first released, such as habitation structures, possibly something like high-altitude hunting camps. If they’re really inside of a cave, that would just about do it for an ark idea. We haven’t gotten a thing on the dating, the artifacts, or really anything.