The list of wonders discovered by these crooks grows daily. Here are some of the more common claims:
- Sodom and Gomorrah near Masada
False: we go there every year and there is nothing to be seen, no four lane highway to accommodate the crowds of tourists, no parked coaches, no signs pointing to this new tourist attraction, nothing. Click here to read a recent Diggings article on this claim.
- Noah's Ark in Turkey
False: properly conducted excavations some years ago, sponsored by television presenter George Vandeman, proved that this is a natural geological formation.
- The Ark of the Covenant in a cave under Gordon's Calvary
False: the only cave there is being used by an Arab as a banana store. The idea that the Israelis could mount clandestine excavations under a Muslim cemetery in the Muslim part of Jerusalem is laughable: remember the fuss when they merely opened up a new entrance to the Temple mount excavations? Two days of rioting and several deaths. The Garden Tomb authorities closely monitored the digging done by Ron Wyatt and are categorical that nothing was found. They have now (2006) invited the Israeli authorities to excavate at the site where Wyatt dug in the hope of putting these ridiculous stories to rest.
- The wheels off pharaoh's chariots in the Red Sea
False: the alleged discovery site is in the Gulf of Aqaba, nowhere near any of the feasible places where the Children of Israel could have crossed the Red Sea. Recently I recorded a film at the alleged find site which you can view by clicking here.
- An inscription by Solomon identifying Mount Sinai
False: I am lost for words on this one, even though a whole book has been written on the subject. It's all good cloak and dagger stuff, with Saudi police chasing the intrepid explorers, the remains of sacrifices, the pedastal for the Golden Calf and goodness knows what else. Just a pity they didn't look harder; they missed finding the Ten Commandments writen by the finger of God which Moses threw away in disgust when he saw his people cavorting around the Golden Calf.
We are Christians and no one would be happier than ourselves to have such evidence to confirm the Bible story, but we prefer facts to fallacies any day.