We learned about this thanks to a tip from our clandestine operative in Kentucky, code-named “Blue Grass.” He’s interested in everything ark-related, so it’s only natural that he spotted this headline in the Agusta Chronicle, published in Augusta, Georgia: Augusta man part of effort to find Noah’s Ark. We don’t see a comments feature. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Matt Daniels never would’ve imagined that his work with drones to facilitate insurance claims would lead him on a unique adventure. [Ooooooooooooh!] The Augusta man’s role in an archaeologist’s quest to find the remains of Noah’s Ark in Turkey recently aired on an episode of Science Channel’s “Forbidden History.”
Sounds exciting! The Chronicle reports:
“It was incredible,” said Daniels, who was the project lead of a team using ground-penetrating radar, drones and other specialized equipment to create a computerized 3D map at a plot of land at the Durupinar site near Mount Ararat in Turkey. The site has a boat-shaped formation [Gasp!] that was discovered in 1959, leading some to believe it’s the site where the remains of the Biblical ark are located.
Computer engineer and archaeologist Andrew Jones, of Oregon, has been researching the site for more than two decades. [Jones and the quest for the lost ark? Sounds familiar!] He’d like to excavate the site, but he’d need approval from the Turkish government. “You can’t make a determination without digging,” said Daniels. “It looks like the outline of a boat.”
How do you “research” the site for two decades without digging? We’re not told. The news story continues:
Daniels traveled to Turkey in November about 10 days after receiving a phone call from a business associate who asked whether he’d be interested in working on a 3D mapping of the Noah’s Ark site. The phone connection wasn’t that great, and Daniels misheard the location at first. “I thought he was talking about the Ark Experience in Kentucky,” he said. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He thought they were talking about Hambo’s ark.] The call came on a Monday, and Daniels was on a plane the following week bound for Turkey, where the team spent eight days. The film crew was there for four days.
Very efficient. Very impressive. But so what? The big question is: What did they find? Let’s read on:
Daniels said their mapping did uncover some interesting details. “We did see some 90-degree angles, squares,” he said, leading him to believe there’s something man-made below the ground’s surface.
That’s all? No dinosaur coprolites? This is very disappointing. One last excerpt:
Daniels said he doesn’t know what the next step will be for Jones in his quest to excavate the site, but he’s glad to have had the opportunity to be part of the process. “The biggest thing to me is the historical significance and the potential of discovery,” he said.
Potential? Humbug! We want the Ark! Ah well, we’ve been disappointed before. Oh wait — right at the end, the newspaper says this:
The episode is available at Science Channel’s website http://www.sciencechannel.com.
If you want to see it, you are welcome to search for it. And there are two other things you may want to check out: Noah’s Ark Found! On Uranus!, and Curmudgeon Finds Noah’s Ark! Okay, that’s enough — we’re outta here!
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