Noah's Ark Ministries International, a group of evangelical Christian archaeologists, claimed discovery of Noah's ark in Turkey following the unearthing of buried wooden compartments in 2007 and 2008. Experts were skeptical of the claims and believed the structure to be a shrine to Noah's Ark.
Noah's Ark Ministries claimed that radiocarbon dating of the structure found it to be around 4,800 years old, which matches the date of the flood in biblical times. Some Christian scientists believed the wood to be too new, while other scientists felt it was too old. One speculation is that the structure was a shrine to commemorate Noah's ark. Despite disagreements, the discovery team kept the location a secret.