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    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/01/science/social/01FLOO.html NY Times October 1, 2001 Scholars Find Further Signs of Big Flood Evoking Noah By JOHN NOBLE
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      NY Times
      October 1, 2001

      Scholars Find Further Signs of Big Flood Evoking Noah
      By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

      Archaeologists have found evidence that appears to
      support the theory that a catastrophic flood struck
      the Black Sea region more than 7,000 years ago,
      turning the sea saline, submerging surrounding plains
      and possibly inspiring the flood legends of
      Mesopotamia and the Bible.

      In their first scientific report, the expedition
      leaders said that a sonar survey in the sea off Sinop,
      a city on the northern coast of Turkey, conducted in
      the summer of 2000, revealed the first distinct traces
      of the preflood shoreline, now about 500 feet
      underwater.

      At one site, the sonar detected more than 30 stone
      blocks on a gently sloping but otherwise featureless
      bottom. Further investigation with remote controlled
      cameras revealed pieces of wood and other objects,
      possibly ceramics.

      The site "appeared uniquely rectangular" in the sonar
      image, and the stone blocks did not appear to be part
      of a natural geological formation, expedition
      scientists reported in today's issue of The American
      Journal of Archaeology. Analysis of core samples
      yielded chemical evidence that archaeologists said
      were consistent with the interpretation that the site
      was once occupied by people.

      "The expedition clearly has found a subaquatic
      landscape with materials that belong to the period
      before the inundation," said Dr. Bruce Hitchner, an
      archaeologist at the University of Dayton, Ohio, and
      editor of the journal, a publication of the
      Archaeological Institute of America. "They have
      confirmed an important element of the flood theory,
      quite convincingly I think."

      The expedition was led by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, an
      oceanographer and president of the Institute for
      Exploration in Mystic, Conn., and Dr. Fredrik T.
      Hiebert, an archaeologist at the University of
      Pennsylvania. The research was supported in part by
      the National Geographic Society.

      Among the expedition's most striking discoveries were
      four Roman and Byzantine shipwrecks, several of them
      surprisingly well preserved because of the
      oxygen-deficient waters at the bottom of the sea.


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      Chris Ashcraft
      Creation Science Resource
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