Noah's Ark Is (still) In Turkey
by Dan Eden for view zone
Why is this not a BIG story?
I'm often amazed at our lack of knowledge about history. Ordinary people
are hungry for this information, yet the organizations responsible to
disseminate these facts seem to have an agenda to keep us in the dark.
This is especially true when it comes to our ancient human history.
I won't hold you in suspense with this article: The Ark of Noah has been
found. It's real. I'll describe the evidence in some detail and end with
the historical and religious implications.
1959, Turkish army captain Llhan Durupinar discovered an unusual shape
while examining aerial photographs of his country. The smooth shape,
larger than a football field, stood out from the rough and rocky terrain
at an altitude of 6,300 feet near the Turkish border with Iran.
Capt. Durupinar was familiar with the biblical accounts of the Ark and its
association with Mount Ararat in Turkey, but he was reluctant to jump to
any conclusions. The region was very remote, yet it was inhabited with
small villages. No previous reports of an object this odd had been made
before. So he forwarded the photographic negative to a famous aerial
photography expert named Dr. Brandenburger, at Ohio State University.
Brandenburger was responsible for discovering the Cuban missile bases
during the Kennedy era from reconnaissance photos, and after carefully
studying the photo, he concluded: "I have no doubt at all, that this
object is a ship. In my entire career, I have never seen an object like
this on a stereo photo."
In 1960 the picture [above] was published in LIFE magazine under
the heading of Noah's Ark? That same year a group of Americans
accompanied Capt. Durupinar to the site for a day and a half. They were
expecting to find artifacts on the surface or something that would be
unquestionably related to a ship of some kind. They did some digging in
the area but found nothing conclusive and announced to the anxiously
waiting world that it appeared to be a natural formation.
Most of the global media turned away from the find and it became a
In 1977 Ron Wyatt visited the site. Obtaining official permission, Ron and
others conducted more thorough research over a period of several years.
They used metal detection surveys, subsurface radar scans, and chemical
analysis -- real science -- and their findings were startling. The
evidence was undeniable. This was the Ark of Noah.
#1 -- the Visual Evidence
The first part of the survey was to examine the object and take its
measurements. The shape looked like hull of a ship. One end was pointed as
you would expect from bow [below: D] and the opposite end was blunt
like a stern. The distance from bow to stern was 515 feet, or exactly 300
Egyptian cubits. The average width was 50 cubits. These were the exact
measurements mentioned in the Bible.
On the starboard side (right) near the stern there were four vertical
bulges protruding from the mud [B], at regular intervals, that were
determined to be the "ribs" of the hull [see below].
Opposite to these, on the port side, a single rib [A] protrudes
from the mud. You can see its curved shape very clearly. Surrounding it
are more ribs, still largely buried in the mud, but visible upon close
Remember that this object, if it is the Ark, is extremely old. The wood
has been petrified. Organic matter has been replaced by minerals from the
earth Only the shapes and traces of the original wood remain. Perhaps this
is why the expedition in 1960 was disappointed. They anticipated finding
and retrieving chucks of wood, long since eroded.
From the position of the object in the middle of an obvious mudflow, it is
obvious that the object slid down more than a mile from its original
location. Geologists believe it was originally over 1000 feet higher in
the mountain and encased in a shell of hardened mud. They think that an
earthquake in 1948 cracked the mud shell and revealed the structure. This
is confirmed by stories from the surrounding villagers who tell of its
"sudden appearance" around that time.
accounts of the Ark describe it as having as many as six levels. The
assumed shape of the Ark seems consistent with the bulge [C
] in the
middle of the object. In fact, as we will soon learn, radar scans of the
structure suggest that this bulge is the collapsed debris of these levels.
Although most people think of the Ark as being rectangular, that only
applies to the top decks. The sleek shape of the hull is necessary to
enable the huge ship to remain stable in the water and survive tremendous
#2 -- Ground Penetrating Radar
The human eye needs to see reflected light to recognize an object. To
visualize what remains below the earth, scientists use microwaves which
can penetrate the ground and bounce back when they hit something solid.
This technique is commonly used to locate oil and other minerals. Called
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), the apparatus us made from an antenna that
transmits, then listens to receive the "echo" and prints the
result on a piece of paper. The delay and strength of this echo tell the
geologists how solid and at what depth the objects are under the earth.
The team of geologists didn't scan the entire object. Instead, they marked
out lines that crossed the object with yellow tape. Then they dragged the
antenna (about the size of a lawnmower) over the lines and watched the
output on the paper recorder. When they got a strong "hit" --
meaning there was something solid underneath -- they would record the
position on the tape [above]. Later, when they made a map of the
object, the tape and the location of the "hits" they realized
that there was indeed a structure underneath the mud.
"This data does not represent natural geology. These are man made
structures. These reflections are appearing too periodic... too periodic
to be random in that type of natural pace." -- Ron Wyatt of SIR
The radar cans revealed this structure [above] under the mud. The
symmetry and logical placement of these objects shows that this is
unmistakably a man made structure, most likely the Ark of Noah.
#3 -- Artifacts retrieved from the Ark
Using the GPR, Ron Wyatt discovered an open cavity on the starboard side.
He used an improvised drill to make core sample inside this cavity and
retrieved several very interesting objects. Below you can see the
artifacts which were sent for laboratory analysis. On the left is the bore
hole [see below], followed by what turned out to be petrified
animal dung, then a petrified antler and lastly a piece of cat hair.
Even more amazing artifacts were found
Perhaps the most significant find from the Ark itself is a piece of
petrified wood. When this was first found it appeared to be a large beam.
But upon closer examination it is actually three pieces of plank that have
been laminated together with some kind of organic glue! This is the same
technology used in modern plywood. Lamination makes the total strength of
the wood much greater than the combined strength of the pieces. This
suggests a knowledge of construction far beyond anything we knew existed
in the ancient world.
Tests by Galbraith Labs in Knoxville, Tennessee, showed the sample to
contain over 0.7% organic carbon, consistent with fossilized wood. The
specimen was once living matter.
Examination reveals the glue oozed from the layers. The outside of the
wood appears to have been coated with bitumen.
Even more surprising were laboratory analyses which not only revealed that
the petrified wood contained carbon (proving it was once wood) but there
were iron nails [above right] embedded in the wood!
In Genesis 6:14, God told Noah to "make yourself an ark of gopher
wood" is a misreading and scribal error. "Kopher"
wood is correct and means wood (any wood) that is covered with
Kopher. Kopher is bitumen
. In the Genesis text (6:14),
the context is clear. The GPR wood used, (a scribal error) is to
be covered in KPR. G and K in Hebrew are so similar that
inexperienced Hebrew "scholars," such as those
translating the King James Version of the Bible, could have been
prone to such errors, indeed, they made many such errors.
Acts 7: 45 & Hebrews 4: 8 are classic examples of such
gpr = "g," as in gopher, k pr = "k,"as in
kopher Pictured right is a simple visual comparison of the
We like to imagine that humanity evolved in a neat sequence of eras, each
named after the technology that was discovered. We have the Stone Age (where
man developed arrows and stone tools), the Bronze Age (where metals were
combined and heated to make tools and household items) and lastly the Iron
Age (where iron and steel objects were made by heating iron ore and adding
other material -- like charcoal -- to strengthen it). The Iron Age is
usually placed at 1200-1000
BC, yet we have iron nails being used in this extremely old construction
But wait... there's more!
The most surprising find was discovered with sensitive metal detectors.
The team located several strong "hits" that, when dug up,
revealed large disc shaped rivets. From simple observation of the metal it
was possible to see where the rivet had been hammered after being inserted
through a hole [below].
If rivets being used in ancient construction doesn't impress you, this
An analysis of the metal used to make the rivets revealed that they were a
combination of iron (8.38%), aluminum (8.35%) and titanium (1.59%).
Remember these trace metals have survived petrification and so do not
indicate the exact content in the original material (see Report
from Galbraith Labs
We know the aluminum was incorporated in the metallic mixture because it
does not exist in metallic form in nature. This implies an extremely
advanced knowledge of metallurgy and engineering. Characteristics of an
iron-aluminum alloy have been investigated in The
Russian Chemical Bulletin
(2005) and reveal that this alloy
forms a thin film of aluminum oxide which protects the material from rust
and corrosion. The addition of titanium would provide added strength. This
seems to have worked. The rivets have survived from antiquity!
The surrounding area has more surprises
Several miles from the location of the Ark, huge stones were discovered,
some standing upright while others lying on the ground. These stones,
weighing many tons, have holes carved in them. Scientists have determined
that they were anchors and the holes would have been their attachment to a
ship with hemp rope.
Often these stones will have crosses carved in them, from centuries ago
when pilgrims made the journey to visit the Ark. Yes, the Ark was well
known in the Middle Ages and even before. And its location was recorded in
many historical documents.
"And the Ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day
of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased
continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of
the month, were the tops of the mountains seen." -- Genesis 8:4-5
The Gilgamesh Epic (650 BC) gives Mt. Nisir as the landing place of the
Ark. The local name for the town where the Ark was found is Nasar.
The annals of Ashurnasurpal II of Assyria (833-859 BC) places it south of
the Zab river (correct).
Theophilus of Antioch (115-185 AD) said the Ark could be seen in his day
in the Arabian mountains. Later Church Fathers also mention the Ark as
late as the mid 7th century.
In the 13th century, Willam, a traveler, stated for the first time that
Mt. Masis was the Ark location (present-day Mt. Ararat).
Ptolemy's Geographia (1548) mentions the mountains of Armenia as the place
of landing. So does the traveler Nicolas de Nicolay (1558).
Pilgrims to the site would gather bits and pieces of the petrified wood
which would be used as charms to ward off evil. When they encountered the
anchors, they had no doubt about their association with the Ark. They
often carves one big cross to represent Noah and smaller crosses
representing his family.
The huge anchors would have been suspended from the keel of the ship. This
was a common practice among ancient mariners to stabilze a heavy ship and
ensure that the bow is always facing the on-coming waves. A "top
heavy" ship, such as the Ark, could easily be capsized by a wave
approaching from the side. This is yet further proof that Noah's Ark was a
reality and that it has indeed been found in Turkey.
When Dr. Brandenburger originally examined and enlarged the photographs of
the "strange object" in Turkey, he also saw hundreds of ancient
foundations in the region, suggesting to him that this might have been the
first town established after the flood, as described in the Bible.
Now their settlement extended from Mesha as you go toward Sephar, the
hill country of the east. -- Genesis 10:30
Archaeological teams have found many ruins and ancient graves. Many human
ribs have been excavated and sent to laboratories for dating. In the midst
of this alleged "first city" of Noah, there is an unusual and
prominent structure, about 10 feet in diameter, that many believe to be
the altar on which Noah made his first sacrifice.
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal
and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His
heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake,
although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will
I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth
remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day
and night Shall not cease.
Again, it surprised me when I research a story like this and find
substantial evidence that something extremely important has been found,
yet it has been ignored by historians and the media. Perhaps it is because
the advanced technology discovered in the Ark suggests that Sumerian
legends, the Epic of Gilamesh, and other ancient writing might actually be
correct when they speak of an extraterrestrial connection. The plural of
god -- Elohim -- is used even in Genesis. Who were these "gods"
and how did they walk the Earth and interact with humans of the era...
Or perhaps this discovery should be seen as a good reason to accept the
Bible at its word.
We all need to look deeper into our past to learn what sort of beings we
really are, where we are coming from and where we are going.
What do you think of this?
Thank you for your interesting and informative article about Noah's Ark. I
think it's testimony to The Truth of The Bible.
That is so interesting how the ship was balanced using those anchors, that
is a neat illustration. Also, I did not know that others had known of the
ark's location over the years. Thanks again and God Bless You.
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