Genesis 8: 4. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on
the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
The mountains of Ararat are in Turkey. This is the location of
Mt Ararat. There are three main proposed locations.
- Mount Cudi.
- Mount Ararat.
This mountain is approximately 250 miles southwest of Ararat and
feet high. According to some ancient texts, this is the landing site
and it is
still within the "mountains of Ararat" region. It lacks any Ark remains,
but it has
a ruined brick structure on its top. Its low altitude and easy
are good for getting animals off the Ark. it also explains the lack of Ark remains since any
wood that has not rotted would have been removed by relic hunters long ago.
It would be just high enough to be completely covered by the Flood.
Positives: Low altitude, and easy accessibility. It also has
Ark remains, making it
difficult to test.
Recommendations: The top of Mount
Cudi should be examined for
that the Ark
This is the site of a Boat shaped mound named after Turkish Captain
Durupinar, who identified the formation in a Turkish Air Force aerial
while on a NATO mapping mission in 1959. It is located about 18 miles
Greater Mount Ararat and at an elevation approximately 6,300 feet above
level. It is the exact size of the ark in royal cubits.
This site was popularized by the late Ron Wyatt. The area contains
large stones with hole drilled trough them. It is claimed that they are
anchor stones. There is no mention of such stones with the Ark in the
Bible or any of the 500 flood
legions that exists.
Now radar scans do seem to show evidence of a ship's structure. What
like rivet heads have been found along with petrified laminated wood.
it to be petrified wood.
There are similar looking formations all over the area that are the
of lava and mud flows.
Positives: The site has produced positive archeological
is easily accessible, making this the most testable Ark site.
Negatives: There are similar looking formations in the area.
Recommendations: The other boat shaped formations need to be
compared the one claimed to be the Ark.
Located in Eastern, Turkey Mount
is a volcanic mountain with a peek elevation of 16,945 feet. (5,165
This is a promising site because of the object often referred to as the
Anomaly. The earliest, know picture was taken in 1949 and released
Porcher Tayloron in 1995, after he requested the CIA photos, under
Freedom of Information Act. More recent pictures have been released
The anomaly is a rectangular object the size of the Ark as
described in Genesis. There are more
than three dozen eyewitness accounts, some up close. They are all
same general location, size and description. Local guides do not allow
to be taken of the Ark
but the available evidence strongly suggests that this is the ark.
The main problem with this site is that between altitudes of
feet is difficult Terrain, not a place you would expect to release a
animals. However Mount Ararat
most of its height since the Flood. There has been much post Flood
activity and Ararat seems too have been pushed up by volcanic activity.
the upper elevation roughness suggests post flood activity. This would
put the Ark
in a more accessible
location just after Flood.
Positives: The existence of the Ararat Anomaly is well
The descriptions match what would be expected of the Ark. It is a
Negatives: The Ararat Anomaly is difficult to reach. The
of Mount Ararat would tend to reduce the survivability of the Ark.
Recommendations: The Ararat Anomaly needs to be studied on
sufficient detail to try to settle its identity.
At this time there are three possible sites where Ark could have
landed. More research needs
to be done to determine which one it is. The best way for this to be
be by one research team to investigate all three sites. Such a team
consist of proponents of all three sites and at least one neutral
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