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Noah’s Ark Discovered

On June 20, 1987 the Turkish government announced to the world the discovery of Noah’s Ark and dedicated it and the surrounding area as a national park, naming it the Park of “Noah’s Big Boat”.  This came after many years of research by a man whose name is Ron Wyatt.  Six months earlier, on Feb. 1987, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and researchers from Ataturk University of Turkey made the official decision that the “boat-shaped formation” was the actual remains of Noah’s Ark.  During this special ceremony Ron Wyatt was honored as the “discoverer” of the formation determined to be the remains of Noah’s Ark.(1)

In Sept. 1960, 27 year old Ron Wyatt stared at an aerial photograph of what appeared to be a boat shaped object in the September issue of Life Magazine.  A Turkish army captain, routinely examining aerial photographs, saw a picture of what looked like a boat on a mountain 20 miles south of Mt. Ararat, the presumed biblical landfall of Noah’s Ark.  The boat-shaped form was about 500 ft. long, which was identical to 300 Royal Egyptian cubits, the dimensions given in Genesis 6:15 (one Royal Egyptian cubit equals 20.6 inches).  Upon this discovery, an American exploration team was assembled and sent to investigate the site. When they arrived at the site, they concluded there was no visible evidence to conclude the existence of an ancient ship. However, one of the scientists on the team, Dr. Arthur Bradenburger, felt otherwise.  He has always believed there was a ship.  Though the Life article went on to state that a complete excavation would be made the following year, the world never heard about this site again until Ron Wyatt continued his investigation there.

Between 1960 and 1977, Ron Wyatt studied all he could about archeology, fluid dynamics, volcanoes and the Biblical account of the Ark and its journey.  He came to the conclusion that the “boat-shaped” object located by the Turkish Air Force captain was the most likely place the Ark could have landed.  First, he felt any wooden boat located on the actual slopes of Mt. Ararat could not possibly survive the volcanic action of such a mountain.  Besides being consumed by fire, Mt. Ararat has experienced violent eruptions similar to Mt. St. Helen’s in its past history.  Anything like the Ark, made of wood, would have been destroyed a long time ago.  However, he remembered reading in Genesis 8:4 that....

“And in the 7th month, on the 17th day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.”  Gen 8:4

It is very obvious that the Bible did not say the Ark landed directly on Mt. Ararat, but upon the “mountains” of Ararat, which would most likely infer the range of mountains constituting it.  The name “Ararat” as given in the Bible means the region of Ararat and not necessarily the tallest peak of this range.  In 1977, Ron made his first visit to the area about 11 miles south of Mt. Ararat on the mountain called Cesna Dag near a small town called Dogubeyazit.  In that area, Ron came across a large stone that had eight crosses carved on it. Although the carving on the stone was dated no earlier than the first century A.D, he felt this represented Noah and his wife with their three sons and wives.  As he looked at the stone, a cut-out hole located on the top of the stone made him realize that this was most likely an ancient anchor, similar to ones found in the Mediterranean Sea which he had studied in archeology books.  Surveying the area he saw even more anchor stones, but smaller ones (called drogue anchors which helped to stabilize the boat).  All but one had eight similar crosses on them! Coming upon an ancient graveyard, he noted that the gravestones had representations of a three story boat. Somewhat further from the site, he came upon what appeared to be a very old stone house whose                 floor was set in the ground about four feet below
Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. And this is how you shall make it; the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breath 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.
              Genesis 6:13-1 5
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Noah's Ark in foreground, located on Cesna Dag, a mountain near the small town of Dobubeyazit, Turkey.  Ron Wyatt is shown in front .
Ron Wyatt being awarded a replica of Noah's Ark from Gov. Sevket Ekinci, governor of the province of Ararat in Turkey. Also, Dr. Arkugal, dean of archeology at the University of Turkey agreed with Ron that the boat shaped formation was in fact Noah's Ark.
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Another picture of Noah's Ark
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