The discovery was made using advanced 3D scans of an area in eastern Turkey, believed to be the location of Mount Ararat – the mythical resting place of Noah’s Ark, as described in the Book of Genesis. “Such angles below the surface is something you would not expect to see in a natural, geologic formation,” researcher says.
Has the true location of Noah’s Ark finally been ascertained? Archaeologists claim to have found a giant shape in the Turkish mountains that matches the shape and dimensions of the iconic biblical craft, but geologists insist that this mountainous formation is simply that – a rock.
Noah’s Ark is the vessel in the Genesis flood narrative through which God spares Noah, his family, and examples of all the world’s animals from a world-engulfing flood. The story is repeated in various forms in dozens of ancient cultures depicting massive floods, but for the most part, geologists and historians find the Genesis flood myth irreconcilable with the modern understanding of fossil records of the planet’s age.
Historical records show that the hunt for the ark dates back to the time of Eusebius of Caesarea (275–339 CE), but no physical proof of the Ark has ever been found.
Now, archaeologists with the Noah’s Ark Scans project said that using advanced 3D scans, they have located a giant shape in the Turkish mountains the proportions of which match the biblical descriptions of Noah’s Ark.
The discovery was made in the Durupinar site on Mount Tendurek in eastern Turkey, the area believed to be the location of Mount Ararat – the mythical resting place of Noah’s Ark, as described in the Book of Genesis.
Researcher Andrew Jones and lead scientist Dr. Fethi Ahmet Yüksel of the Department of Geophysical Engineering, Applied Geophysics Department of Istanbul University told British media that 3D scans of the area discovered a formation of the exact length of the ark, detailed in the bible as being around 150 meters, or 300 cubits in Biblical terms.
“Such parallel line and right angles below the surface is something you would not expect to see in a natural, geologic formation, … but these results are what you would expect to see if this is a man-made boat matching the Biblical requirements of Noah’s Ark,” Jones was cited as saying by several media outlets.
Still, geologists say that formation, first unearthed around 50 years ago, is just a simple rock formation.