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the existing land. The most interesting aspect of this site were two large stones, one upright and the other lying down very near the house. Carved on the stones was an arch shape, possibly representing a rainbow. Below this was a curly-cue which looked like an ocean wave with a boat figure upon it. Walking away from the boat and wave were 8 people. The first and largest, a man; next and second largest, a woman; the next three were all men; and the last three and the smallest were women, all apparently representing Noah’s family. At this point, he was convinced this area was the site of Noah’s ark. However, he didn’t return to the site until two years later.(2)
In December of 1978, a major earthquake struck eastern Turkey. This earthquake was so powerful that it dropped the surrounding ground an avenge of 30 feet, leaving the ark looking like a giant shipwreck! For the very first time, rib and deck support timbers could be made out. The earthquake had also cracked the keel of the boat from “stem to stem”. There was absolutely no question that this was the remains of an ancient ship. This was confirmed when a chemical analysis of a specimen taken at the site yielded a 4.95% carbon content compared to 1.88% taken from a sample outside the formation. This ratio is consistent with the presence of prior living matter, such as wood. It was at this time Ron measured the length of the boat and found it to be 515 feet, the exact dimensions of 300 Egyptian Royal cubits, as given in the Bible. Thirdly, there was no plausible explanation for an ancient ship to be located at an elevation of 6,700 feet, unless of course, a flood had brought the water level to this height! During this visit to the site, a metal detector scan was performed over the formation which indicated an organized layout of metal within the object. But Ron was puzzled. Some distance up the mountainside he noticed a section of earth that was remarkably different from the rest of the earth. This “earth” was rimmed by what appeared to be petrified wood. However, within its perimeter was a massive amount of strange looking rock, quite heavy and tinged green. Ron conjectured that it had to be metal since they appeared as tailings (waste product) from metal production. A chemical analysis on three specimens of the suspected “tailings” revealed high metal contents - 19.9%, 12.3% and 11.6% ferric oxide (iron oxide) whereas the control samples showed only 0.77% ferric oxide and 0.54% iron, respectively. In other terms, there was nearly 26 times more metal in the sample taken from what was thought to be “tailings” when compared to the surrounding ground. This was evidence of metal having been either contained and/or used in the construction of the Ark. Isn’t it interesting that in Genesis, chapter 4, verse 22 we read that “Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools of bronze and iron.”, and that Tubal-Cain was the brother of Noah.(3)
In the spring of 1987, Ron was able to take subsurface radar scans of the presumed boat formation. Covering every square foot, a picture emerged of a massive ship with chambers therein. Interior walls were seen with the bottom deck encompassing an immense system of small chambers within. From the scan, the top two decks could be reconstructed with certainty. During the official dedication of Noah’s Ark by the Turkish government, Governor Ekinci of Turkey asked Ron to demonstrate the subsurface radar scanner that he was using at the site. As he passed over an area, a very high reading appeared, indicating that something was very near the surface. For the first time ever, a government official allowed a small section of the area to be excavated. From this emerged a petrified section of a hand-hewn deck timber. On Sept. 16, 1987, a section of this petrified timber was analyzed at Galbraith Labs in Knoxville, Tennessee. The analysis of the timber section revealed 100 times more organic carbon than inorganic carbon, which confirms the boat being made of wood.(4) Dr. Arkugal, dean of archeology at the University of Turkey and world renowned discoverer of the Hittite,
“for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” Gen: 2:5,6
New Archeological Finds, Pg 2
Ron on left noting droge anchor stones used to keep boat from capsizing.
Sub-surface radar and metal detector scans being performed over the interior of boat.
Fossilized rivet heads as seen on Noah's Ark at site.
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