The Great Flood as featured in the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark may have happened, according to Robert Ballard, the underwater archaeologist who found the Titanic.
In an interview with ABC News’s Christiane Amanpour, Mr Ballard explains that he investigated a theory proposed by two scientists from Columbia University that there was a massive flood in the Black Sea region. They believe that the Black Sea was once an isolated freshwater lake surrounded by farmland until it was flooded by a torrent of water.
“We went in there to look for the flood,” he 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.”
Although they did not find the Ark, they found an ancient shoreline which Mr Ballard believes is proof such an event did take place. He believes that, by using carbon dating shells found along the shoreline, it took place around 5,000 BC.
“It probably was a bad day,” he said. “At some magic moment, it broke through and flooded this place violently, and a lot of real estate, 150,000 square kilometers of land, went under.”
As the theory goes, the story was then passed down over the years, with the story of Noah eventually forming.
Mr Ballard’s team has now found an ancient shipwreck, as well as ancient pottery. Although he does not think he will ever find Noah’s Ark, he believes he may find evidence of an ancient community washed away.
Despite many rumours and claims of sightings, no scientific evidence of the Ark has ever been found.
The Ark is described in the Book of Genesis as 300 cubits long, or approximately 450 feet (137m).
According to Genesis 8:4, it came to rest “in the mountains of Ararat.” Experts have agreed that these mountains are to be located in present-day Armenia and eastern Turkey.