Noah’s Ark? -- By: William Shea

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 01:1 (Winter 1988)
Article: Noah’s Ark?
Author: William Shea


Noah’s Ark?

William Shea1

Although much has been written about the location of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat (the actual name is “Agri Dagh”), we are glad to present an update on a second possibility nearby. In no way whatever do we mean to detract, in this article, from the great effort that has been expended trying to find the Ark on Mount Ararat. It may still be discovered there. However, we feel that, in the interest of objective biblical research, some consideration should be given to any alternatives.

A ship-shaped formation was originally discovered in the Ten-durek (Cesnaki) Mountains by an aerial photographer in 1959 and reported in Life magazine in 1960. Since that time, the following have been observed concerning this formation:

1. It is located in the area of the biblical mountains of Ararat.

2. It is shaped like a ship (1959).

3. It is the exact length of the biblical Ark (1960).

4. Very large anchor-type stones have been found in the vicinity (1977ff.).

5. An eight-cross motif identifies these stones and this area as a traditional location for the landing of Noah’s Ark and family (1977).

6. As the formation has weathered over the centuries, a series of vertical striations have appeared along both sides of the formation. These striations resemble the remains of a ship’s ribs (1979).

7. A high organic carbon content has been found in a soil sample from the formation (1979).

8. Traces of some metals have been found in a soil sample from the formation (1979).

9. Two different types of metal detectors have demonstrated a linear subsurface pattern of elements which appear to be longitudinal and transverse members (1984–1985).

10. An abbreviated radar scan has confirmed, with refined detail, the same patterns as those already demonstrated by metal detectors (1986). This pattern could be identified as containing the elements of a keel, keelsons, and bulkheads from the remains of something in the form of a ship.

The location of this formation is near the Kurdish village of Uzungil (or, Ozingili). It is only about 10–12 miles from the traditional Mount Ararat. The valley floor here is about 5000 feet above sea level and the formation is at 6300, thus easily accessible and highly visible. It is definitely in the heart of the “mountains of Ararat” (Genesis 8:4) - a region, not a single peak. “...

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