Noah's Ark.

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Location of Noah's Ark.

David Shearer.

Many expeditions have attempted to locate Noah's Ark, including a number that claimed they found it, but have been shown to be frauds.

The Bible said... (Genesis 8:4).

"And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat."

Verse 5 continues,

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.

At the time the Ark came to rest, Mt Ararat was not the volcano it is today. The reason for this statement is that the mountains were not visible until 2 and a half months later, but from the Ark's resting place today, Mt Ararat, standing 16945ft above sea level, can be clearly seen.

From space Mt Ararat is clearly more recent than the mountains it is built on. i.e. The surrounding mountains are sedimentary, Mt Ararat is volcanic.

The Bible did not say the Ark rested on Mt Ararat, but on the mountains of that area.

The site of the Ark's resting place is about 30km south of Mt Ararat, near the border of Turkey and Iran, and not far from a village called Güngören. This is recognised by the Turkish government as the Ark site, and there is road signs indicating this. (Nuh's Ark). Nuh is the Chaldean (Babylonian) name for Noah.

Noah's Ark?. (Image courtesy... BBC)

Coordinates of one end of this object.
N 39.26.475
E 44.14.108

  Testing at the Ark site.

Magnetic testing.

A magnetometer is a device that measures the Earth's magnetic field. (It is normally used to locate submarines under water, where the metal hull, distorts the magnetic field slightly, allowing location to occur.)

Magnetometer tests carried out on the area around the Ark site, show distortions, indicating that there is metal present.

Radar testing

These tests indicate when changes in density occur. This shows a regular pattern, of parallel lines, and cross lines, such as what might be expected from timber bulkheads and beams of a boat-like structure.

Core sample tests.

Some core samples have shown the presence of fossilized timbers, parts of deer antler, along with hairs that have been identified as belonging to a cat, (Leopard) which is not a native of the area. There is also fossilized nails that are square in shape. It is thought these are responsible for the magnetometer readings obtained.

Photographic tests.

Comparisons have been made of aerial photographs taken on different expeditions. These indicate that the surrounding land has slid down the hill. The Ark section in these photographs, however, has not moved, and is also becoming more exposed. The bulk and size of the structure is keeping it firmly in position.

Physical tests.

The length of the Ark is 515ft 6in. The size of Noah's Ark as mentioned in the Bible, Genesis 6:15,

And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

This size is exactly correct, if the Royal Egyptian cubit (524mm) is used, to calculate the length.

  Other Clues.

Stabilization - Anchor stones.

Not far from the Ark's resting place there are a number of stones, in a reasonably straight line. These are described as anchor stones.

Anchor Stone.
(Image courtesy...

An anchor stone is a large stone, wide in one direction, narrow in another, with a hole at the top, allowing it to be attached to ropes. A number of these would stabilize the vessel, in the huge swells that might be expected. They are many feet in height (8 or more), much bigger than anchor stones that are normally found.

These are also many km (120 km or more) from the nearest sea or ocean.

Noah would have released these progressively, to allow the Ark to ride higher in the water, before it came to a rest.

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What's next.

This site needs further examination, with excavation being the next step, to determine the reason for the interesting measurements that were obtained.

  Creation Museum.

Replica of Noah's Ark.

There is a full sise replica of Noah's Ark at the Creation Museum, in America.

This shows possible construction methods, for a ship of this size.

Images courtesy...

Replica Ark

Modern ship.
Similar dimensions.

Model Ark Testing.

Model Ark Testing.

  The Scripture Saith...

And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

Genesis 8:1,2

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