I remember hearing about this discovery earlier. Two scientist, Walter Pitman and Bill Ryan, discovered signs of civilization along the floor of the Black Sea, which was a fresh-water lake at the time the civilizations were there. But all those communities were washed away in a great flood.
Now Bob Ballard, the man who discovered the Titanic, has also confirmed the finding using updated robotic technology. He says the findings and subsequent carbon dating of what has been found place the Noah’s flood at about 5,000 years B.C. All three scientist say that the flood that destroyed the lake and communities surrounding it happened very quickly.
“With more than 200 times the force of Niagara falls, the flood caused water levels in the Black Sea, which was no more than a large lake, to rise six inches per day and swallowed 60,000 square miles in less than a year,” wrote Hannah Fairfield in the Columbia News several years ago.
The people who lived there scattered as they fled the rising water that erased the obvious signs of their existence. But Ballard and his team believe the evidence of an ancient civilization is there for them the find.
That seems to fit what we are told in the Bible. I love pointing that out because there are so many skeptics the float through our lives, it’s good to see confirmation of what Scripture says by the science world. NOT THAT we need that confirmation. The Bible is God’s authoritative word, but we should expect to find evidence of what has been recorded in the archaeological record. And we do.
Here is more of the article:
When Ballard launched his operation, he had a very specific goal in mind.
“We went in there to look for the flood,” Ballard told ABC News. “Not just a slow moving, advancing rise of sea level, but a really big flood that then stayed… The land that went under stayed under.”
Ballard’s team eventually found ancient pottery and what appears to be an ancient shoreline, which he believes supports the scientists’ theory. Based on carbon dating of the shells along that shoreline, Ballard estimates the flood happened around 5,000 B.C., which is believed to be the time of Noah.
Ballard, Pitman and Ryan believe it’s the recounting of this flood from generation to generation that evolved into the story of Noah’s Ark (Genesis chapters 6-9).
Pitman and Ryan wrote about their theory in “Noah’s Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event That Changed History.” The book was published in 1999 and ignited new interest in the Black Sea and surrounding region, an area once thought to have little significance in human history.
While Ballard said he does not expect to find Noah’s Ark — the ship itself — he hopes to find evidence of the civilization he believes was swept away.
Ballard and his team have plans to return to Turkey to continue their operation next summer.
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