The Ark in plain sight in Eastern Turkey
Could it be? That while expeditions have braved the ice and storms of the lofty Mt. Ararat looking for the Ark high on its slopes, it could actually be on a nearby hill in relatively plain sight? The bible states that the Ark came to rest “in the mountains of Ararat” (plural), and thus the ship doesn’t need to rest directly on the highest peak there to qualify as the real thing. See Genesis 8:4. Read on. This will be an interesting ride, I promise you.
The Bible comes alive for us in a fresh way every time we discover new archaeological findings in the Middle East. Being there in person would of course be the best, but photo and video media are still incredibly effective to convey a fresh perspective of biblical places and events. For example, consider the dozens of visualizations we can draw from being in the presence of the real Mt. Sinai (or at least viewing photo/video media of the mountain and the artifacts that are found there).
the real Mt. Sinai
So back to Noah’s Ark. It exists. And it’s in plain view to this day at the Durupinar site, near Dogubeyazit, Eastern Turkey. It’s sad that so many expeditions have proven unfruitful looking for it on the heights of Mount Ararat in Turkey when it was already clearly visible nearby.
For those who believe, no proof is necessary (but welcome). For those who don’t believe, no proof will ever convince.
A brief history
The beginning of the modern story …
I was a little boy when I saw an aerial photo of a ship formation near Dogubeyazit, Turkey, in Encyclopedia Britannica’s yearly update volume (circa 1960; you can see a copy of the original photo here). The photo was taken by Captain Ilhan Durupinar of the Turkish army in September 1959. The object in the photo was the perfect shape of a ship in a valley of the mountains of Ararat (not on the highest peak). The photo also appeared in Life in 1960. As I grew up, I heard about explorers seeking the remains of the Ark in other locations high up on the main peak. Nothing conclusive ever materialized.
Then I heard about Ron Wyatt’s work (1970s-1990s), and others, who examined the Durupinar Ark site near Dogubeyazit more carefully (the site I saw in Britannica). Their findings were becoming compelling proof that this was not a natural formation because it had visible vertical beams on its sides, and straight lines and right angles were visible via testing. For example, 1986 metal detector tests proved that there was a grid-work of metal throughout the structure.
As shown in the clip above, Andrew Jones has continued Wyatt’s work. I’d heard about Andrew’s Sinai and Noah’s Ark visits and decided to fly out to meet, and to take in his presentations in person. Following many hours of personal research, and culminating in seeing Andrew’s presentations, I became convinced that both the Sinai and Ark sites are genuine. As has been stated by others, “if something looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.” With so much scientific backup, this statement has never been more true than of these two archaeological sites!
Since my meeting with Andrew, he’s been back to the Ark site several times. In a recent email, he described many visits to the site, and additional exciting developments, “I organized and led the media team (1 videographer and 1 photographer) that documented the resistivity survey by John Larsen.” Larsen scanned the site in 2014. Scans of the Ark structure have yielded astounding evidence that this is a massive manmade boat shaped structure.
My top picks: selected videos from Andrew Jones’ Discovered Media channel
Personal videos from a visit with Randall Lee and Mary-Nell Wyatt Lee
My wife and I and daughter Lisa had the pleasure to view some of the artifacts from the Ark site firsthand shortly after my meeting with Andrew. The first video below is about the metal rivet. The second video describes a wooden deck timber found at the site. Thanks to Randall Lee, and Mary-Nell Wyatt Lee for hosting us!
The discovery of Noah’s Ark stands as a testimony that the Bible can be believed. The Ark’s existence declares the patience and mercy of a God who will wait for humanity to seek His forgiveness and open the doors for His favour. The Bible counsels each one of us to receive the Good News. The Ark is a visible reminder of this, culminating in the coming of Jesus Christ to redeem us back into God’s good grace.
The history of the Ark has been with us for 4,500 years*. Its recent history for the world outside of Eastern Turkey only re-surfaced in the past 60 some years. Yet the locals have known it all along. They refer to the area as “The Valley of Eight.” A reference to the 8 souls that were on the boat.
The locals have always known about the Ark and related artifacts. For example, the many anchor stones strewn through the valley. These were heavy stabilization rocks that were cut loose from the Ark as it was about to come to rest again on dry land. The locals have always been able to take you to the ruins of Noah’s house, his and his wife’s graves, their vineyards, Noah’s altar, and much more.
The Ark’s presence among us to this day is a vivid reminder of God’s involvement with humanity. The Ark is yet another hefty proof of God’s existence and the truth of His word. Not that we need proof. We’re people of faith. But the proof is there. And this massive object in Eastern Turkey indeed does help the Bible to come alive for us in a fresh way. It’s existence conveys to us an exciting and fresh perspective of the events of Genesis chapters 6 to 8!
* Ark age: If one uses the chronologies in the Bible then the ark would be around 4500 years old, based on adding up the years of people’s lives as listed in the Bible and assuming the lists are exhaustive and nothing is missing.