An expedition party of six men brought back four samples of plank-like wood from a foot to eighteen inches long found at the edge of a glacier some 13,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mount Ararat, near Istanbul, Turkey.
The party was led by Harry Crawford, a Seventh-day Adventist veteran of six previous expeditions to the mountain region. He said the wood was found July 31 and August 2 near the spot similar pieces of hewn timber believed to be about 4,000 years old (according to carbon tests) were found by French industrialist Fernand Navarra in 1955.
The search team, financed privately and sponsored by the Scientific Exploration and Archaeological Research Foundation (SEARCH), was composed of men of various skills.Expedition members were Crawford, of Denver; Fred Lee, a photographer and illustrator for SEARCH in Washington, D. C.; Ralph Lenton, an explorer for the Arctic Institute of North America, Washington, D. C.; Hugo Neuburg, a physicist and glaciologist; Navarra; and his son, Fernand Navarra, Jr. Not all are orthodox Christians, nor does the team make any claim that the wood is indeed the remains of Noah’s ark. But the discovery has excited reputable scientists and archaeologists. Tests to determine the nature and age of the wood are being conducted in France, Turkey, and the United States.
Team member Fred Lee said the wood was found buried in ice and rock in a spillway where water was flowing out from under a small glacier. “We believe the wood is the same consistency and grain structure as the samples found by Navarra,” Lee said.
The party rented a minibus and driver at Ancra, then took ponies up the lower slopes of the 17,000-foot twin-peaked mountain from a base camp. They back-packed ...1
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