The Discovery of Noah's Ark

   
 
In 1959, stereo photos where taken by a Turkish airline pilot of a boat shaped object on the mountains of Ararat for The Geodetic Institute of Turkey. Dr. Brandenburger of Ohio State University, USA, after studying the photographs 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 photograph." Dr. Brandenburger was a photogrammetry expert who had discovered the missile bases in Cuba, during the Kennedy era.


An American team ran a day and a half expedition to the site, hardly enough time to carry out any scientific testing. They blew a hole in the side of the structure with dynamite, although some timber shaped stones were revealed, their conclusion was, "Nothing of any archaeological interest". If this object was Noah's Ark, it would be approximately 4300 years old so the wood would have petrified. So finding timber shaped stone was encouraging evidence. However, because the material had no growth rings, the team decided it could not be wood. But does this really prove true? The conditions of the world before the Biblical flood, were very different from now. The Bible says, "...for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth...But there went up a mist from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground." (Gen 2:5, 6). Growth rings in wood are caused by seasonal variations, so in a pre flood environment, with no seasonal variations, the trees would have no growth rings. And this is exactly what the American team found! In fact, if the material did have growth rings, it could not have been Noah's Ark. After seeing the article published in LIFE magazine covering the expedition, Ron Wyatt visited the site in 1977. His interest was aroused and he decided the structure deserved further investigation as to whether this could be Noah's Ark.


It lay 6,300 feet above sea level, much too high to be the remains of a boat from a local flood. It is over 200 miles from the nearest sea. The dimensions were consistent with the Biblical description of Noah's Ark in Gen. 6:15, measuring exactly 300 cubits long.


The width was greater than that mentioned in the Bible as the sides of the boat had splayed, which would be expected in a boat of that age.


Several tests and scans have taken place over the years, both by Ron Wyatt and independant researchers showing evidence of an ancient boat structure beneath the surface.



The results show a very wide variety of evidence, too many to go in to detail here, but please avail yourself of the Links page for further information, especially Ark Discovery's page. As a brief summary, the following results have been recorded from the site:

    Hundreds of metal rivets have been found on the site, of which the lab reported, "It is interesting to note that (the presumably fossilized timber) was found to contain much higher carbon (1.9%) than (the presumably fossilized metal)." So this analysis revealed exactly what would be found in a fossilized metal washer and rivet (non-living matter) attached to a piece of fossilized wood (once living matter).



    Rib timers and deck joists have been identified throughout the length of the boat.



    A deck timber was excavated by Ron Wyatt and proved to be laminated, petrified wood.



    The ground outside the boat shape shows a 1.88% carbon content; but samples tested from the site iteself revealed a 4.95% carbon content, an amount that is consistent with the presence of formerly living matter such as decayed or petrified wood.

    Right click here and select "Open in New Tab" to read the lab analysis from the 1979 report proving a 1.88% carbon content from the ground outside the boat.

    Right click here and select "Open in New Tab" to read the lab analysis from the 1979 report proving a 4.95% carbon content from the boat.

    It also showed a surprisingly high iron content. Inorganic carbon totalled .0081% while organic carbon totalled .7019% - almost 100 times more organic than inorganic!

    A petrified antler and several corprolites were found inside the boat.



    Sophisticated alloys have been located within the site, including Iron, Aluminum, Titanium, Manganese, Vanadium and Chromium.

    Right click here and select "Open in New Tab" to read the lab analysis of the

    Right click here and select "Open in New Tab" to read the lab analysis of the

    Right click here and select "Open in New Tab" to read the lab analysis of a rivet taken from the site proving the presence of aluminium and titanium.


    The metal located in the site formed a uniform, criss-cross pattern which was not random. In the words of Joe Rosetta, vice-president of Geophysical Survey Systems, "This is not a natural object. The reflections are occurring too periodic for it to be a natural type interface... You'd never see anything like this in natural geology... Some human made this structure, whatever it is."



    Ron Wyatt located several giant drogue stones a few miles away, which seem to have been cut lose as the ark came to a stop, as they are in line with the boat. Many of them have eight Byzantine crosses carved on them, representing the 8 people on board the ark, indicating that the early Christians recognized these anchorstones as significant to their faith.



    The Turkish government on the advice of Turkish archaeologists have officially declared the site to be "Noah's Ark".