There are generally two schools of thought about the Biblical account of Noah building the ark to save him and his family from drowning in the great flood. Some say the story found in Genesis chapter six is pure fiction and just a fable that has been perpetuated. Others believe that the Bible is true as well as this story found therein. Whichever side you come down on, we wonder why any evidence of this ark has not been found on top of Mount Ararat in modern Turkey. Evidently proof that it did exist has been discovered. And with the find, several amazing facts have emerged.
In 1959 a Turkish army captain discovered an unusual shape on the mountain while examining aerial photographs of his country. A smooth shape, larger than a football field, stood out from the rough and rocky terrain of Mt. Ararat at an altitude of 6,300 feet near the Turkish border with Iran. Since the captain was familiar with the Biblical story of the ark, he sent all his information to a famous aerial photography expert at Ohio State University. After studying the photos, Dr. Brandenburger concluded, “I have no doubt at all that this object is a ship. In my entire career, I have never seen an object like this on a mountain.”
The next year the captain and a group of Americans went to the site for a day and a half. They were expecting to find artifacts on the surface, or something that would be unquestionably related to a ship of some kind. Since they found none, they concluded that the formation appeared to be a natural one. The subject of the ark was dropped. This finding received very little media attention.
In 1977 Ron Wyatt visited the site and conducted more elaborate tests over a period of several years. His party used metal detection surveys, subsurface radar scans, and chemical analysis – real science – and their findings were startling. The evidence was undeniable. This discovery was the Ark of Noah.
They took measurements of the mud encrusted object and discovered that they were in the shape of a ship. One end was pointed and the opposite end was blunt like a modern ship. Remember that God told Noah to construct a ship that was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. The distance found from bow to stern measured 515 feet, or exactly 300 Egyptian cubits. The average width was found to be 50 cubits, again the exact measurements commanded by God.
The crew also found four vertical bulges protruding from the mud on the right side which are “ribs” of the hull. Another rib was located on the opposite side. Surrounding it are more ribs, still largely buried in the mud, but visible upon close examination. Remember that this object is extremely old. The wood has been petrified. Finding chunks of organic wood has long since ended. But there were still several startling finds in the structure that appeared to have moved at least a thousand feet down the mountain slope as the result of an earthquake in 1948.
Perhaps the most significant find from the ark itself is a piece of petrified wood. When found it appeared to be a large beam. Closer examination found that it is actually three pieces of plank that have been laminated together with some kind of organic glue. This is the same technology used in modern plywood. This suggests knowledge of construction far beyond anything we know existed in the ancient world.
A very surprising find from sensitive metal detectors was several strong disc shaped rivets. From simple examination it was possible to see where the rivets had been hammered after being inserted through a hole. If metal rivets being used in ancient construction doesn’t impress you, this surely will. An analysis of the metal used to make the rivets revealed that they were a combination of iron, aluminum, and titanium!
The experts know that aluminum was incorporated in the metallic mixture because it does not exist in metallic form in nature. This, again, implies an extremely advanced knowledge of metallurgy and engineering. The mixture of metals apparently used in the ark forms a thin film of aluminum which protects the metal from rust and corrosion. The addition of titanium would provide added strength. The rivets have survived from antiquity!
Several miles from the location of the Ark, huge stones were discovered, some standing upright, and other lying on the ground. These stones, weighing many tons, have holes carved in the top of them. Scientists have determined that they were anchors and the holes would have been their attachment to a ship with hemp rope. These huge anchors would have been suspended from the keel of the ship. This was common practice among ancient mariners to stabilize a heavy ship and ensure that the bow is always facing the on-coming waves. A “top heavy” ship, such as the Ark, could easily be capsized by a wave approaching from the side.
Taking all these facts together, I conclude that these findings are further proof that Noah’s Ark was a reality and that it has indeed been found in Turkey. “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)
I’m often amazed at our lack of knowledge about history. Ordinary people are hungry for this information, yet, the media responsible for disseminating these facts seem to have an agenda to keep us in the dark. This is especially true when it comes to ancient Biblical history.