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Genesis 8: 4. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
The mountains of Ararat are in Turkey. This is the location of Mt Ararat. There are three main proposed locations.
This mountain is approximately 250 miles southwest of Ararat and
feet high. According to some ancient texts, this is the landing site
Positives: Low altitude, and easy accessibility. It also has
Recommendations: The top of
This is the site of a Boat shaped mound named after Turkish Captain Durupinar, who identified the formation in a Turkish Air Force aerial photo, while on a NATO mapping mission in 1959. It is located about 18 miles south of Greater Mount Ararat and at an elevation approximately 6,300 feet above sea level. It is the exact size of the ark in royal cubits.
This site was popularized by the late Ron Wyatt. The area contains
large stones with hole drilled trough them. It is claimed that they are
anchor stones. There is no mention of such stones with the
Now radar scans do seem to show evidence of a ship's structure. What
like rivet heads have been found along with petrified laminated wood.
it to be petrified wood.
There are similar looking formations all over the area that are the result of lava and mud flows.
Positives: The site has produced positive archeological
is easily accessible, making this the most testable
Negatives: There are similar looking formations in the area.
Recommendations: The other boat shaped formations need to be studied and compared the one claimed to be the
The anomaly is a rectangular object the size of the
The main problem with this site is that between altitudes of
feet is difficult Terrain, not a place you would expect to release a
Positives: The existence of the Ararat Anomaly is well
The descriptions match what would be expected of the
Negatives: The Ararat Anomaly is difficult to reach. The volcanic nature of Mount Ararat would tend to reduce the survivability of the
Recommendations: The Ararat Anomaly needs to be studied on site in sufficient detail to try to settle its identity.
At this time there are three possible sites where
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