IT ALL BEGAN IN 1960:
Research at the site began when Life Magazine published an aerial photograph of a huge boat-shaped object twice the length of a football field.
Dr. Arthur Brandenburger, a photogrammerty expert from Ohio State University, 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 stereo photo.”
After the photo became public in the September issue of Life Magazine, a group of Americans visited the site, but their superficial investigations found nothing significant. In fact, most of the “researchers” that visited the site looked around for a few hours and conclude that this is nothing of archeological importance.
Then a man by the name of Ron Wyatt, a nurse anesthetist from Nashville, TN, became interested in the site and made his first of many trips there in 1977. Wyatt was never trained as an archeologist and for this reason many critics discount anything that he claims to have found. It seems ironic, that the man without the proper letters behind his name found so many items of archeological significance that many archeologists began coming to him for advise. Even the Israel Antiquities Authority appeared to have great confidence in his experience and ability to find what others often overlooked. Wyatt spent the last years of his life probing around Jerusalem for the lost Ark of the Covenant and he did this all under the watchful eye of the Israeli authorities.
Wyatt’s findings at the possible Noah’s Ark site were quite surprising and the evidence he unearthed led the Turkish Government to conclude that this boat-like object was, indeed, the remnants of the ancient ark of Noah.
Wyatt undertook extensive investigative work over the next ten years utilizing such methods as subsurface interface radar scanning, metal detection surveys, core drillings, etc. Numerous core drillings yielded many interesting items from within the Ark including petrified animal dung (coprolite), cat and human hair, and even man-made fabric! Wyatt repeatedly requested that he be allowed the permits to excavate the site but was repeatedly turned down by the Turkish government. Perhaps some day the Turkish authorities will allow more extensive digging in order to substantiate Wyatt’s claims and beliefs.
PETRIFIED LAMINATED WOOD BEAMS:
Along with petrified samples of the wood that were used to build the structure, Wyatt found one particular specimen which was petrified laminated wood.
On the day of the site dedication, Wyatt was demonstrating the use of subsurface radar equipment. With the Turkey Governor Ekinci looking on in great fascination, they located what appeared to be a piece of rock or wood buried just a few feet below the surface. The Governor ordered his own men to dig and retrieve the object. The find proved to be a great treasure! Several pieces of wood had been somehow glued or fastened together to form a strong beam. It was thought that this process was unknown until modern technology.
Mr. Wyatt’s widow, Mary Nell Wyatt Lee, graciously allowed the editor to see the priceless artifact in February 2006 when he visited her and her new husband near Nashville, Tennessee. One can clearly see the different pieces of wood that had been cemented together, now petrified into a very heavy testimony of ancient ingenuity.
Throughout the site which many believe is the site of Noah’s Ark, Ron Wyatt found many samples of metal rivets and plates. In fact, there was so much metal in the entire area that metal detection surveys were able to revealed the layout of the entire superstructure as pictured below. Whatever the object is, impressive wisdom must have been used in piecing together such a huge structure out of wood!
In 1984 Wyatt and Former Apollo astronaut Col. Jim Irwin traveled to the site to do more extensive metal detector scans. In his High Flight newsletter which reported on the “1984 Search for Noah’s Ark,” Col. Irwin reported the following – “Finally we arrived in Dogubeyazit at the base of Mt. Ararat. That first morning we went to the boat-shaped object Wyatt wanted to investigate. It was not far from the hotel. It certainly looks like a boat and the dimensions are almost exactly those of Noah’s Ark. The metal deterctor gave very strong reading at several places along the length of this depression. I felt that the object should be fully investigated. I suggested to Marvin Steffins of International Expeditions that he should check into this object and off he went . . . “
Later, in a videotaped interview with Wyatt, Col. Irwin stated – “Yeah, we got some real positive readings, didn’t we, as we went up and down the long direction of the formation . . . The spacing made it appear like, very much like it was, you know, a man-made object.”
"Noah's Ark site confirmed by Turkish government. This significant discovery further confirms the accuracy of the Bible."
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