Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Noah's Ark: It was probably round instead of pointed

See also

Noah’s Ark has long been believed to have been a long vessel with a point-shaped bow. However, there is a new study released which states that Noah’s Ark may have been round instead of long and pointed, according to a Yahoo! News report on Friday.

A 4,000-year-old clay tablet, which is from ancient Mesopotamia-modern-day Iraq, was recently analyzed. Revelations about the Old Testament's story of Noah and Noah’s Ark offer new details which contradict the long-held beliefs about Noah’s Ark.

The details of the materials show that there were instructions for building a huge vessel in a round shape – referred to as a coracle. And yes, the instructions included the part of the story which said that the animals should enter the vessel two-by-two.

With the new information, engineers will duplicate the instructions that appear on the clay tablet and see if the structure can sail on water. The clay tablet is on display at the British Museum – as of Friday.

Irving Finkel, the British Museum’s assistant who keeps items of the Middle East, is the person who had the tablet. He got it from a man who brought the clay tablet in. When it was brought in, it was damaged. The person who brought it in said his father had found the tablet in the Middle East following World War II. The clay tablet was light brown, reportedly the size of a mobile phone, and had cuneiform script on it – which is the script of the ancient Mesopotamians.

Now, Finkel is saying that the tablet is one of the most important human documents ever discovered. Finkel believes Noah’s Ark was round as such structures were utilized as taxis in the river in ancient Iraq, designed to move along flood waters.



  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!