THE RESULTS OF THE
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH OF AN OBJECT, SHAPED LIKE A SHIP, IN THE ARARAT MOUNTAINS, EASTERN TURKEY, 1959, (PHOTOGRAPH: LIFE MAGAZINE SEPT 5, 1960).
In 1959, the Turkish Air Force captured the aerial photograph, which is shown above, during a routine reconnaissance operation, above the Ararat Mountains, in Eastern Turkey.
As a result, the boat shaped object which was seen in the photograph was located, and a ground investigation was launched the following year. The report of their findings was published in Life magazine, on the 5th September 1960.
Further research carried out by Ron Wyatt, during the 1980’s, succeeded in scanning the structure with the use of ground penetrating radar, and other equipment. Even although the depth penetration of radar is limited, the data from these scans, revealed what appeared to be vertical wall structures within the hull shape, with a symmetry and layout that Ron Wyatt believed was characteristic of a man-made object.
THE RESULTS OF THE RADAR SCANS (IMAGE COURTESY OF THE RON WYATT ESTATE)
A RADAR PRINT OUT FROM ONE OF THE ARK SCANS
(PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RON WYATT ESTATE)
On one occasion, the radar equipment picked up what appeared to be a square shaped object within the ships remains. The specimen was dug up by the Turkish military at that time, and later analyzed by Galbraith Laboratories in the United States. The laboratory testing confirmed that the specimen contained organic carbon, indicating that the material was not rock, but was once composed of living material, consistent with petrified wood.
THE SPECIMEN OF MATERIAL, CONTAINING ORGANIC CARBON, RETRIEVED FROM THE ARK SITE. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RON WYATT ESTATE).
Ron Wyatt also found a piece of metal, which was shaped like a large rivet, and surrounded by what appeared to be an equally large metal washer. Part of the metal was tested by Teledyne Allvac laboratories in the United States, where the results showed it to contain a complex alloy of metals, including aluminum. Aluminum is never found in its pure form, in nature, it is entirely a man-made metal.
THE RIVET SPECIMEN (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RON WYATT ESTATE).
In August 1985, Ron conducted a metal detector survey of the Noah’s Ark site, marking the positions where each metal reading was found, with ribbons. The pattern that was formed, identified that the metal covering the top surface of the ship, was not random, but laid out in a regular grid pattern.
TAPES SHOWING THE POSITIONS OF THE METAL READINGS. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RON WYATT ESTATE).
After studying the results of his work, Ron Wyatt concluded that the object was the remains of a ship, which exactly matched the Biblical description, and dimensions of Noah’s Ark. From his evidence, he believed that this vessel had initially landed further up the hillside, and that at a later date, this ship had been engulfed in a mudslide, or a lava flow, which had carried it down the mountain, to where it sits now. Its progress down the mountain appeared to have been stopped by a large rock outcrop, which had impaled the right side of the boat, holding the vessel in position, where it then became buried by the mud, and preserved.
In October 1990, Ron Wyatt accompanied by Richard Rives, attempted a mini excavation, using modified shovels, to gently scrape the outer surface of weathered material, away from the exposed ribs of the ship. When that task was completed, the different colours of the newly exposed rib material, could be more clearly seen, contrasting against the darker soil matrix.
THE MINI EXCAVATION (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RON WYATT ESTATE).
THE RESULT OF THE MINI EXCAVATION, WITH THE LIGHTER COLOURED RIB MATERIAL, CONTRASTING AGAINST THE DARKER MUD MATRIX (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RON WYATT ESTATE).
The mini excavation site uncovered ten ribs in total within the scraped area.
PLAN OF THE RIB POSITIONS EXPOSED IN THE MINI EXCAVATION (IMAGE COURTESY OF THE RON WYATT ESTATE).
Even today, these evenly spaced rib indentations along the sides of the ship, are still visible, especially towards the rear of the ship, where the picture below was taken. However the complete shape, and depth of the structure that lay beneath the ground, had until 2014, remained largely a mystery.
RIB INDENTATIONS (PHOTO: JOHN LARSEN)
RIB INDENTATIONS (PHOTO: JOHN LARSEN)
NOAH’S ARK 2014 (PHOTO: JOHN LARSEN)
NOAHS ARK (IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN)
In late 2014, the Turkish government granted permission, to allow the site of this buried object, to be scanned using the latest deep penetration, resistivity ground imaging technique.
This is the first time that equipment with a deep enough penetration, (38 metres), and sufficient resolution, has been used on this site, to gain a true image of the complete three dimensional structure that remains beneath the ground.
Resistivity imaging is a technique that was developed during the 1920’s, for deep oil, and mineral exploration. More recently, new equipment has become available, with vastly improved resolution capabilities, to the extent where now it has become an effective tool in the field of archaeology.
The data obtained from a resistivity scan, contains hundreds of individual measurements of the resistance of the subsurface ground material, at different positions and depths, without the need for excavation. Because different materials have different electrical properties, any variations in the composition, or the structure of the ground, which appear within the scanned area, can be measured and seen on the images, which are compiled from all of the data that is collected.
The following images that are shown below, are the results of the resistivity data that was collected on the Noah’s Ark site in 2014. This first view is a side elevation of the entire length of the object, looking at the right side, and in this instance penetrating 34.8 metres, below the ground surface. The different colours in the image display the variation in resistance throughout the ground, and show that the boat shaped outline of the hull that is seen above the ground, is three dimensional, and continues below the ground surface also.
SIDE ELEVATION VIEW OF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BOAT SHAPED OBJECT (IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN).
To give a reference point to this image, the line that is drawn on this same image below, identifies the position of the present day ground level, which lies on each side of the ship.
THE GROUND ELEVATION RELATIVE TO THE SCANNED BOAT SHAPED OBJECT
(IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN).
The resistance of the material, where the outline of the hull shape is seen, is not a simple transition from just one material to another. If we look more closely at the actual boundary that separates the dark and light blue zones, an additional layer of material can be seen, (dark green), which is more resistive than the material above, and below it (light blue). Further testing is required here, to determine exactly what the material is that is causing this abrupt variation in resistance, but something is present there, that is different from the other materials around it.
CLOSE UP VIEW OF THE BACK OF THE VESSEL, SHOWING THE GREEN BOUNDARY LAYER, SANDWICHED BETWEEN THE MORE CONDUCTIVE BLUE MATERIAL ON EACH SIDE.
(IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN).
The material of this layer, also has a different electrical resistance compared to the rock that penetrates the middle of the ship (light green). Also, the hull shape that this dark green layer forms, does not follow the irregular outline of the rock, or appear to be influenced, or formed by it.
Resistivity imaging has the advantage of viewing each resistance value, independently. This allows specific elements of the image to be targeted, and seen in three dimensions by themselves. When the three different electrical values, of what is thought to be the petrified timber of the ship, (light blue) the rock, (light green) and water saturated mud, (dark blue) are isolated, the following image was generated.
RESISITVITY PROFILE OF THE ROCK AND HULL MATERIAL. (IMAGE JOHN LARSEN)
Cavities within a mud filled structure, can be identified in two different ways. If the cavity is empty, its electrical resistance will be very high, (red). If however the cavity is filled with mud, the wall structure that encompasses the mud, will also most likely prevent water within the mud, from freely draining away. This makes the electrical value of a mud filled cavity highly conductive (dark blue). Both values therefore have to be viewed, in order to see the arrangement of rooms within the ship.
When the overall surface of the right side of the vessel is viewed, highly conductive pockets the size of rooms, can be seen towards the front section of the ship, which are aligned with the angle that the vessel now rests on. These are seen in the next image below, which also has most of the electrical value of the rock removed, allowing a view of what lies behind the rock, closer to the centre of the ships structure.
SIDE ELEVATION. SHOWING THE DARK BLUE CONDUCTIVE POCKETS WITHIN THE HULL SHAPE. (IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN)
CLOSE UP VIEW OF THE CONDUCTIVE POCKETS, TOWARDS THE REAR SECTION OF THE HULL. (IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN)
The dark blue conductive pockets, are also seen in this close up image above, towards the back of the ship, and are positioned in a straight line, and also aligned with the same angle that the ship now rests on. The resistance of the bottom edge of these pockets, changes abruptly, and also in a perfectly straight line, which indicates a difference in material structure. The resistance of this bottom edge material is uniform along its entire length, and equal to the resistance of the material that makes up the hull shape of the ship.
In three dimensions, this bottom edge material is seen extending as a flat layer across the entire hull shape. Cross section scans that measured the material outside of the boat shape, showed that this layer was found only within the hull structure, as would be expected to be seen if a floor, or a deck was located in this position.
Further confirmation of a deck like feature is seen in the next image, which is taken further into the inside of the boat shaped vessel. In this image a straight line of resistive pockets (red colour), can be seen above the floor like feature, which have a high enough resistance, to be possibly caused by open cavities, the size of rooms. Again, these are seen positioned in a regular straight line, and perfectly parallel to what appears to be the deck alignment seen in the previous image.
A VIEW OF THE CENTRE OF THE SHIP SHOWING A LINE OF HIGHLY RESISTIVE POCKETS (RED) IN THE UPPER DECK AREA, WITH A LARGER CENTRAL CAVITY FURTHER DOWN (IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN).
Early in Ron Wyatt’s investigation of this site, he had found what he believed to be the keel of the ship, embedded in the ground further up the mountain, where the ship had initially come to rest. He believed that when the ship had been caught in the mud, or lava flow, the bottom section of the vessel had remained firmly stuck in the ground, and the rest of the hull had been torn from it, and carried down the mountain, to where it rests today. The central resistivity images that penetrated to the bottom of the hull, also show this bottom section of the hull shape is missing.
Towards the centre of the ship a large area of high resistance exists. When Ron Wyatt conducted his radar scans across this area, he concluded that a corridor with a central 128 foot long section existed here, which appeared to be free from any wall structure. The same result can be seen here on the resistivity survey, which shows a large central area (red/yellow), with a resistance high enough to possibly be an open cavity. The length of this area, measures 40 metres on the resistivity scans.
The resistivity scans also show that the floor of this area, slopes down into the hull, forming what appears to be a corridor shaped like a central ramp, which connects each of the three decks of the ship. This cavity is also perfectly aligned, so that light coming from the only window in the top of the ship, is able to penetrate lengthwise throughout each of the three decks.
SIDE ELEVATION VIEW, SHOWING A CENTRAL RAMP SHAPE WITHIN THE HULL. (IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN)
CLOSE UP VIEW OF THE CENTRAL RAMP SHAPE. (IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN)
Looking more closely at the rear section of this image, three parallel bands of high, low and medium resistance, (red, dark blue, light blue respectively), can be seen. These are positioned in straight lines, with the red area showing a high enough resistance to be open cavities.
In a situation where a cavity is only partially filled with mud, the top half of the room would be an open void and show a high resistance, (red), but the bottom section being full of mud would display a high level of conductivity (dark blue) with the floor (light blue) beneath it. Such a profile of partially filled rooms would appear as the drawing below tries to show.
This profile of different levels of resistance, is exactly what is seen in the previous image.
The ramp like feature descends through the vessel in two stages, with a flat section positioned at the same level as the floor of the second deck, and then descends to the bottom of the hull shape. Towards the front of the ship, a third level of conductive pockets is seen, with the bottom edge of these pockets positioned at the same level as the lowest point of the ramp like feature.
These three levels within the vessel, are equally spaced apart, by about four metres vertically, and cover the width of the object. The resistivity values of the material that makes up the floors of each of these three flat layers, is similar in resistance to the material that forms the hull outline. In my opinion, these layers are consistent with what would be expected to be seen in a ship with three floors, or decks within its structure. The Genesis account tells us that: “with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.” (Gen 6:16)
On the inner side of the ship, equally spaced protrusions can be seen, which Ron Wyatt believed were part of the ships structure that had collapsed, leaving the stumps of the timbers exposed.
RON WYATT STANDING IN FRONT OF THE INNER SIDE OF THE ARK, WITH TWO OF THE PROTRUSIONS ABOVE HIM (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RON WYATT ESTATE)
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PROTRUSIONS (PHOTO JOHN LARSEN)
RON WYATTS CONSTRUCTION OF HOW THE RIB AND JOISTS WERE ARRANGED. (IMAGE COURTESY OF THE RON WYATT ESTATE)
One of the cross-section resistivity scans that was achieved in 2014, was positioned directly over one of the ships ribs. The image from this scan, showed that an object of similar resistance to the rib material, (blue colour) was connected horizontally to the rib, and positioned exactly where the protrusion is seen inside the hull.
2014 CROSS SECTION RESISTIVITY SCAN OVER ONE OF THESE PROTRUSIONS
(IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN)
Looking at the front of the ship, a square shaped area can be seen in the middle deck, that has a different resistance compared to the room sized conductive pockets on each side of it. In this same area Ron Wyatt had found that the radar scans appeared to show a door sized opening in the side of the vessel at this location. A plan view of the resistivity scans show this opening is square shaped, and connects to a passage way system that leads to the central ramp within the hull. The vertical sides of this opening are aligned at exactly 90 degrees to the angle of the decks within the ship.
SIDE ELEVATION VIEW, SHOWING A DOOR SIZED OPENING TOWARDS THE FRONT OF THE SHIP. (IMAGE: JOHN LARSEN)
PLAN VIEW OF THE HIGHLY CONDUCTIVE (DARK BLUE) POCKETS WITHIN THE FRONT SECTION OF THE MIDDLE DECK OF THE SHIP. (IMAGE JOHN LARSEN)
The results of this investigation, in my opinion, provide more than enough, sound evidence, that this object is the remains of a very large, ancient ship, composed of three decks and matching the description of Noah’s Ark exactly. These remains now sit at an elevation of approximately 2000 metres above sea level. The mountains that surround this area, are covered in marine sediments, with fossils of corals, and shellfish, providing further evidence of their burial by water.
The Bible tells us that the flood came as a result of man’s corruption, and rebellion against God. The evil that resulted on the earth at that time, finally reached a stage where God could wait no longer. By warning Noah to prepare the Ark, God provided a means for those who would turn away from their sin, to escape the coming deluge.
This discovery stands as a testimony to the accuracy of the Bible, which warns of the final judgment to come, and counsels each of us to turn away from the evil that is in this world, and seek salvation through God’s own Son, Jesus Christ.
It is my hope that this additional evidence may be used by every person, to encourage their study of God’s word, and turn from the deceptions of this age. The door of the Ark still remains open, as a symbol to every person today, of the promise made to us by Jesus Christ:
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)