Scientists in the year 2000 uncovered ancient ruins
under the Black Sea which indicated that people lived in the area
prior to the onset of a cataclysmic flood.
Over the years, many scholars and scientists have
linked this seven thousand year-old event, thought to have been
caused by waters bursting through from the Mediterranean Sea, to
the Biblical story of Noah.
The American team of explorers behind this latest
research said at the time that this 'major' find off the Turkish
coast could see history being rewritten and debate revived over
the biblical Noah's ark. The team was sponsored by National Geographic.
During its mission it found a rectangular structure, possibly a
building, with wooden beam, branches, and stone tools lying ninety
metres under the sea, off the coast of Sinop.
It became clear that a vast amount of 'lost' human
structures were now under water and a vast amount of people were
once living here. The possible building was dated to the Neolithic
Bronze Age at around 5000 BC, and was described as the 'Pompeii of
landscapes' by the team's chief archaeologist, Fredrik Hiebert.
Noah's Ark theories
Scientists believe that the Black Sea was previously
a smaller freshwater lake which was flooded by the Mediterranean Sea
around 7,000 years ago, when European glaciers melted, raising sea
levels worldwide. In 1997, two geologists from Columbia University
published a book which argued that Noah's Flood took place around
the Black Sea, and not in the Middle East.