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Noah's Ark Overview, Pt. II


Vertical Rib Timbers on the Sides

The western, starboard side of the ark boasts the most defined rib timbers, four of which are clearly visible above.


The port or eastern side of the ark, near the front, was scraped off by Ron in an effort to view the timbers without loose, crumbling material in the way.  This process revealed the lighter color rib timbers in a systematic, vertical pattern. You can see a darker, curved pattern across the top, which represents the remnants of a large keelson. (photo courtesy anchorstone.com)

Deck Posts


The western, starboard, inside of the ark, boasts these horizontal deck support posts extending above the matrix material in the left and right portions of this photo.

Convex Symmetrical Deck

(Above) The right portion of this photo shows the convex deck, looking toward the rear of the ark, while the left portion shows the western inside of the ark.  This photo was taken in the same area as the previous photo.  The "Valley of Eight" is in the distance.  We are looking toward Mt. Ararat.


The Petrified Wood

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This example of the petrified wood shows distinct right angles and the wood grain of the wood.  Specimen found by Ron Wyatt.





This is a photo of a large deck plank unearthed before Turkish officials by Ron Wyatt and features three distinct layers of wood with glue protruding from the end.  It was tested and proved to be petrified wood.  It is 18 inches in length and has a few visible nails.  It is speculated that this layering of wood or the dark pitch on top is considered to be the gopher wood described in the biblical account.  This deck timber was analyzed at Galbraith Labs in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was found to have a total carbon content of 0.7100%.  From this figure you would deduct the inorganic carbon of 0.0081%, leaving 0.7019% organic carbon, indicating this was once living matter.


A possible section of petrified wood with a dark layer on top.  3.5 inches long.
Notice straight edge along bottom.  It was found next to the ark. 

Original Location

Graphics courtesy Mark Johnson www.arkfind.com

The ark originally came to rest higher on the mountain after the Flood. At some point in the first two thousand years of resting in the mountains of Ararat, a volcano erupted above the ark and moved the ark further down the mountain and then impaled it on a rock outcropping where it rests today.

The ark rests on Cesnakidag Mountain, which is interpreted as "Doomsday" Mountain.  The Flood would be considered a real "doomsday" since it destroyed the world.  The mountain is made of sedimentary cretaceous water laid rock, which means it was formed by the Flood waters and is not a post Flood formation.


Artifacts found inside the Ark

Core Drill by Ron Wyatt

A look inside Noah's Ark!
This is a look through the six inch diameter core drill Ron Wyatt performed years ago.  It leads to a chamber which contained petrified animal dung coprolite (below), cat hair, the base of an antler (below), human hair, and man-made fiber that is similar to fiber optic.  Ron closed it up to prevent contamination inside.

Various Pictures

Crumbling Apart
This photo was taken of the side of the ark.  You will find petrified wood and mud matrix material.


(Left) Perhaps a petrified piece of fruit, or some other object, 3 1/2" diameter, found in the bow of the deck.  (Right) Black seeds? at top of fruit.


Google Earth Image of the Ark

Visitors' Center seen toward top, ark at bottom center.

39 26' 26.09" N  and 44 14' 04.29" E


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In November 2000, a separate group takes GPS readings to calculate the length of the ark



Visit Kazan and the Anchor Stones

See More pictures of our trip to the ark:

Go to the Tour Page for More Photos


What's Next?

An excavation permit to dig into the ark has never been issued by the Turkish government, preventing thorough documentation of the site.  Future plans to excavate the ark mandate a building must first be constructed over the entire 515 ft. long structure, with the entire project estimated to cost $3-4 million.  The money has yet to be raised.  Partial documentation of this site has periodically appeared on The 700 Club, 20/20, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, CNN, Encounters, and various local Christian TV stations, but Ron Wyatt never had his own documentary shown on national television.



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