Scientists have uncovered ancient ruins under the Black Sea
indicating that people lived in the area before a cataclysmic flood.
Some scientists have linked the 7,000-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 said this "major" find off the
Turkish shore could see history being rewritten and debate revived
over the biblical Ark.
"This is an incredible find," said American explorer Dr Robert
Ballard, adding this was far more significant a find than his
discovery of the Titanic in 1985.
The team, sponsored by National Geographic, 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's clear a vast amount of real estate is under water and a
vast amount of people were living [here]," Dr Ballard said.
The structure - dated to the Neolithic Bronze Age at around 5000
BC - was described as the "Pompeii of landscapes" by the team's
chief archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert.
"This is a major discovery that will begin to rewrite the
history of cultures in this key area between Europe, Asia and the
ancient Middle East," he said.
Noah's Ark theories
Scientists believe the Black Sea was previously a smaller
freshwater lake that was flooded by the Mediterranean Sea 7,000
years ago, when European glaciers melted, [raising sea levels