"And the Ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
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." ... Genesis 8:4-5
" upon the mountains of Ararat." Many explorers have looked on Mt. Ararat for the remains of Noah's Ark. The Bible however, does not say that Noah's Ark landed on Mt. Ararat. It says that the Ark landed upon the mountains of Ararat. (mountains plural) An examination of the Hebrew manuscripts of Genesis reveals that actual wordage is that Noah's Ark landed upon the mountains of Urartu (the whole mountainous region in far eastern Turkey).
The Bible's Book of Genesis suggests that the Ark landed amid these Turkish mountains more than 5,000 years ago. The formation was apparently first documented in 1949 by a US Air Force reconnaissance plane traveling through the mountain range. Since then, recent satellite photos have stirred up even more interest in what is now known as the Ararat Anomaly.
The very first photo of the Noah's Ark site appeared in the September 5th, 1960 issue of LIFE magazine. The photo was taken by an ariel reconnaissance airplane in 1959 and caused quite a stir! A group of men from the United States went out to the site, but they came away perplexed about the site because they had expected to easily see evidence of a "giant wooden boat," not the mud and lava covered ruins that exist out there today!
Twenty seven year-old Ron Wyatt, along with thousands of other people, read the article in Life Magazine about a strange boat-shaped formation at an elevation of about 6,350 feet, in the mountains of Ararat. Not on Mt. Ararat, but in the mountains of Ararat about 12 miles from the summit of Mt. Ararat.
Seventeen years passed, and archaeologist Ron Wyatt was still deeply impressed that this site really was the actual remains of Noah's Ark. Ron made his very first trip out to investigate this site in 1977. Over the next 10 years Ron performed several tests upon the ancient formation. He measured the object finding it to be 515 feet long. 512 feet, plus 3 feet, the length of a section that had broken off. (300 Royal Egyptian cubits = 515 feet. The unit of measurement that Moses, who wrote the Book of Genesis, would have been familiar with was the Royal Egyptian Cubit. This is the same unit of measurement used in the construction of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. This cubit was employed until at least the time of King Solomon as gates constructed by him, in Israel, are based on this unit of measurement)
Many people within the Turkish government agreed with Ron's conclusions: ALL THE EVIDENCE POINTED TO THE FACT THAT THIS WAS THE REMAINS OF A GIANT BOAT ON THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN AT 6,300 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL, and that meant only one thing: IT MUST BE NOAH'S ARK! Even Turkey's leading archaeologist, Dr. Ekrem Akurgal (a professed atheist!) agreed that it had to be Noah's Ark!
Ron finds large stones, identical in design to smaller drogue anchor stones. The Anchor Stones had specially designed holes; traditionally found on drogue anchors. Larger on one side, smaller on the other side, larger still in the middle. The idea being that you tie a knot on the end of a big rope and feed it through the hole in the anchor stone so that it catches on the small side. When the anchor is put in the water, the rope swells up in the middle of the hole and prevents the rope from wearing into.
In 1987 Ron Wyatt was the guest of honor at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Visitors Center that the Turks planned to build to overlook the site. This building was completed and opened in 1989, and the government issued tourism brochures and invited the entire world community to "come and see" the remains of Noah's Ark!
Noah's Ark? The Turkish Government says yes! Unfortunately, the ongoing unrest in the area makes travel to this site very dangerous.
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