Fake-News: 'Remains of Egyptian Army Discovered in Red Sea'
Circulating 'News' report claims that archaeologists have discovered the remains of a large Egyptian army at the bottom of the Red Sea. The report suggests that the discovery could be evidence for the biblical story describing the parting of the Red Sea by Moses and the subsequent inundation of the Egyptian army when the parted waters returned.
The claims in the report are untrue. No such discovery has been made. The false story comes from the fake-news 'satirical' website World News Daily Report. Nothing published on the site is true and its reports should not be taken seriously.
Red Sea: Archaeologists Discover Remains of Egyptian Army From the Biblical Exodus
Suez| Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city of Ras Gharib. The team was searching for the remains of ancient ships and artefacts related to Stone Age and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea area, when they stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age
Report Claims Remains of Ancient Egyptian Army Found in Red Sea
According to this widely circulated report
, underwater archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be the remains of a large Egyptian army at the bottom of the Red Sea.
Supposedly, the archaeologists 'stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age' and also found weapons, armour and war chariots.
The report suggests that the find may corroborate the biblical story of the parting of the Red Sea. In the bible story, Moses parted the sea so that the Israelites could safely cross. Then, Moses caused the sea to close again, drowning the following Egyptian army.
The story has been posted to various Christian orientated blogs and forums in recent months and has also been shared via social media.
Report is False - Comes Via Fake-News Site World News Daily Report
However, the story is nonsense. No such discovery has been made. In fact, the entire story was simply made up.
The main image in the false report, which depicts a diver holding a skull underwater, was stolen from an article describing the discovery of an ancient skeleton
in flooded caves in Mexico.
The bogus story comes from the fake-news website World News Daily Report, which bills itself as satirical. None of the reports published on the site are true. The site includes the following information on a disclaimer page:
WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
However, because the site presents its fictional stories as news, many readers believe that the site's material is true and pass it on to their friends.
Wise to Verify Social Media 'News' Reports Before Sharing
There are a growing number of fake-news 'satirical' websites
that, between them, churn out a continual stream of bogus stories, many of which go viral via social media.
It is thus a good idea to verify any 'news' stories that cross your social media feeds before sharing them. Searching via a news aggregator service such as Google News will usually allow you to quickly verify if a circulating story is true.
Last updated: October 12, 2015
First published: December 29, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen