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Noah's Ark tablet: 4,000 y/o clay tablet gives new details about 'round' ark

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A Noah's Ark tablet has been found and was put on display at a museum in Britain last week. The tablet gives new details about Noah's Ark, suggesting that it was not a traditional vessel -- but, instead, that it was round. On Jan. 25, Fox News reported that the 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia was turned in a few years ago and the information on it was recently deciphered.

"[It] reveals striking new details about the roots of the Old Testament tale of Noah. It tells a similar story, complete with detailed instructions for building a giant round vessel known as a coracle -- as well as the key instruction that animals should enter 'two by two,'" Fox News reports.

The Noah's Ark tablet has sparked interest from people all around the globe. Soon, engineers are going to work to "follow the ancient instructions to see whether the vessel could actually have sailed." Of course there are plenty of people who don't believe that the tablet pertains to the "actual" ark or that it's going to change people's actual perception of the ark, but to those who study this sort of thing, it's quite a useful piece of information.

"It was really a heart-stopping moment -- the discovery that the boat was to be a round boat. That was a real surprise," said Irving Finkel, the man who translated the tablet.

The Noah's Ark tablet isn't doing much to convince Finkel (or others) that a man named Noah actually got on a boat with animals of all kinds the way it's explained in the Bible -- but it might prove that something happened after a flood in the area so many moons ago.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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