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Navarra retrieved hand-hewn wood from high on Ararat (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Navarra retrieved hand-hewn wood from high on Ararat (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.

Claim CH504.2:

In 1955, after two unsuccessful searches, Fernand Navarra found hand-hewn wood in a wall of ice at the 13,750 foot level. He retrieved a small sample of the wood, which is apparently very old.
In 1969, Navarra and others found more old wood at two different sites.


  • LaHaye, Tim and John Morris, 1976. The Ark on Ararat, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc. and Creation Life Publishers, pp. 129-134, 158-160.


CreationWiki response:

Just the presence of wood on Mount Ararat would prove nothing. Before it can be claimed as even possibly part of Noah's Ark, it would need to be shown that it could be old enough to be from the Ark. It at least needs to be shown the wood is not indigenous to the area around Mt. Ararat.

Apparently, the 1955 sample has conflicting dates and in a manner that would be expected if the wood was from the Ark. If the wood were from the Ark, it would be expected that the C-14 age would be significantly older than the lignite age.