Historical expeditions before 2009
The Search for Noah's Ark with Dr. Don Patton
This is the story of the search of Noah's Ark.
1. The flood is one of the most widely recorded stories in ancient history that it is impossible to be a myth.
2. Every ancient culture has their own flood story that basically agrees with the Bible's flood story.
A. Ancient civilizations and their record of Noah's Ark:
1. The story of Gilgamesh
2. 30 other flood stories.
B. Ancient Historian's speak of eye witnessing Noah's Ark:
1. "But when Monobazus was grown old, and saw that he had but a little time to live, he had a mind to come to the sight of his son before he died. So he sent for him and embraced him after the most affectionate manner, and bestowed on him the country called Carrae; it was a soil that bare amomum in great plenty: there are also in it the remains of that ark, wherein it is related that Noah escaped the deluge, and where they are still shown to such as are desirous to see them." (Josephus, Antiquities XX, ii, 2)
2. In 110 AD, Josephus quotes Berosus the Babylonian [280 BC], Mnaseas the Greek [250 BC], Hieronymus the Egyptian, Nicolaus of Damascus [30 BC], and many more, that the ark still existed: "After this the ark rested on the top of a certain mountain in Armenia ... However, the Armenians call this place (Apobatērion) The Place of Descent; for the ark being saved in that place, its remains are shown there by the inhabitants to this day. ... Now all the writers of barbarian histories make mention of this flood and of this ark; among whom is Berosus the Chaldean [Babyloniaca, written in 280 BC]; for when he is describing the circumstances of the flood, he goes on thus:—"It is said there is still some part of this ship in Armenia, at the mountain of the Cordyaeans; and that some people carry off pieces of the bitumen, which they take away, and use chiefly as amulets for the averting of mischiefs." Hieronymus the Egyptian, also, who wrote the Phoenician Antiquities, and Mnaseas, and a great many more, make mention of the same. Nay, Nicolaus of Damascus, in his ninety-sixth book, hath a particular relation about them, where he speaks thus: "There is a great mountain in Armenia, over Minyas, called Baris, upon which it is reported that many who fled at the time of the Deluge were saved; and that one who was carried in an ark came on shore upon the top of it; and that the remains of the timber were a great while preserved. This might be the man about whom Moses, the legislator of the Jews wrote." Antiquities I, iii 5-6
C. The early beginnings of the modern search for Noah's Ark:
D. The search for Noah's Ark in the 1900's:
E. The path that leads to the discovery of Noah's Ark:
By Dr. Don Patton