History's Mysteries: The Search for
May 2004 and later airings, e.g. August 1
Most of the program concentrated on the search for the ark on
Mount Ararat, but it did feature a segment on the Durupinar site that Ron Wyatt
worked on for years. Below are comments from the program.
"In 1960, a tantalizing photograph is published in Life
Magazine. A photo analyst in the Turkish Air Force, captain Ilhan
Durupinar, releases a government photo of a boat-like depression in the
rock 15 miles south of Mount Ararat.
Bayraktutan: "Very similar to an ark in shape. Also, the
Dimensions, the length the width and the height is very, very close to the
figures given in the books."
Geissler: "In 1960, the Archaeological Research Foundation went
over there to check out this boat-like structure in the dirt and found it
to be more of an uplift of the lava flow and did not believe it was
actually an imprint of a boat."
"The site is discredited as a possible ark.
"With disappointing results on Mount Ararat in the 1980's, some ark
searchers begin to turn to a site in the south that had once been
discounted as a geologic formation. Beginning in the mid 1980's ark
researchers like Ron Wyatt and David Fasold become convinced that
the boat shaped depression known as the Durupinar site, is not a
geological formation. Although some of their methods for divining
the location of the ark are outside the scientific mainstream, their
results show abnormal striations of iron in the bedrock that form a
boat-shaped pattern. [Comment: Fasold is
using a molecular frequency generator, not a divining rod. This
device cost $5,000.00. It is an electronic device as evidenced by
the electrical wires protruding from the handles.]
Fasold: "This is the west bulkhead"
Azer: "This is where the Americans found nails and wood an a
block of sandstone."
"Artifacts are discovered at the site that some researchers believe
offer a good case for Durupinar being a final resting place of the ark.
Michelson: "This ostracon was found within about 20 meters of the
Durupinar boat shape. One side of this pottery sherd has an etching
in it that shows a man with a crown, he's got a beard and he's holding a
spike in one hand and a hammer in the other. Maybe this is somebody
building the ark or an altar after having landed the ark. And across
his crown read backwards right to left are the letters NOACH which would
identify him as Noah."
"And just a few miles from the site, searchers believe some of the head
stones in the cemetery may once have been part of the ark that landed at
the Durupinar site. One stone has eight crosses, believed to be
symbolic of the eight humans aboard the ark. Several stones have
holes in the top, similar to ancient sea anchors found in Israel.
But why sea anchors in the middle of the desert?
Michelson: "The Epic of Gilgamesh that makes reference to 'You
can't cross the waters without the stone things.' What are they
talking about? They're talking about the sea anchors."
Corbin: "What is really needed on the Durupinar site is
excavation. At this point it is coming down to the site just needs
to be excavated and see what's there."