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The Village of Eight & the Anchor Stones

Kevin stands next to a large anchor stone found in the Mediterranean area,
but much smaller than those which were used on Noah's Ark.

Large anchor stones were hung from the ark
 to keep the rear facing the waves

Underwater view of ark carrying the large anchor stones.  Courtesy Mark Johnson

From the closest city to the ark, Dogubayazit, with a population of 50,000, we can see this mountain
where the Village of Eight is located on the other side of it.

Turning onto road which leads to the village of eight.

The long, flat-looking rock in center, is the possible covering of the ark,
and is to the left of the road.

Tour leader, Bill Fry, knocks on this large stone-like object that has a bark texture
and may be the covering Noah removed from the ark as the waters were receding. 
The sound is a hollow, and high pitch.

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Crosses are visible on this, meaning that early Christians associated this object with
a biblical event.  Seven crosses can be found and probably had another at one time.

A little further down the road is the Village of Eight.

Traveling down the road leading into the village.

Crude stone structures are set against a vista of Ararat.

Our first view of the most prominent anchor stone.

This stately object was used to produce a smoother ocean ride for Noah and his family.
It is 11 feet tall, with four feet underground.

This hole in the top of stone was precision drilled to hold a rope which was pulled through it and secured to the ark.

Many crosses have been added since the original eight, which are in a different style.

Symbols of Nimrod, the diamond, are visible in bottom half of photo.
The crosses were probably added later.


Another anchor stone still partially buried.  A carving of the tower of Babel, actually located in southern Turkey, may have been carved by someone who had seen it then returned to this area.

A few more anchor stones.

Bill Fry explaining that some cross-carvers did not know the significance of
the number eight and placed an unusual number, such as six, on some stones.  Note the
one large cross representing Noah.

Another partially buried anchor stone with ancient writing along the top.

A close-up of another stone.

Another anchor stone.

Near the village cemetery are found more anchor stones.

A large mound of manure, right, is used for fuel in the winter.

The animals in the village are free to roam.


Ancient wall made of extremely large mud bricks originally had a tile mural on it depicting Noah and the ark.  Ron Wyatt saw this in 1977, but when he returned the next year the tiles had been removed.  One of the locals in the village, remembers the tiles.  Small bits of tile have been found at the base of the wall.  Sadly, this ancient singular wall has since been destroyed by the local villagers searching for treasure.

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Noah's Ark map featuring the location of ark objects in the area.

The region around the ark has a rich history of evidence identifying this area as the correct landing place for the ark. 

  • The valley below the ark is interpreted as The Valley of Eight

  •  The name for the mountain where the ark rests is interpreted as Doomsday mountain.

  •  The village where the majority of the anchor stones are found is called Arzep or The Place of Eight.

The anchor stones were cut from the ark as the waters were receding.  We will look at the anchor or drogue stones found in this village about 15 miles from the ark at the end of The Valley of Eight.

Thirteen giant anchor or drogue stones have been located in the area. Each stone weighs several tons, and they range in height from six to ten feet.  Holes were drilled in these stones, and they were hung by large ropes and attached to the keelsons that extended from the rear of the ark.  They were used to stabilize the ark and keep the rear facing on-coming waves. 

stonhole.jpg (17286 bytes)The drilling process was not a simple straight shaft through the rock.  One side was drilled a smaller diameter than the other.  The holes were drilled at an upward angle as large ropes would be lifting the stones.  The smaller side allowed a single rope to pass through.  Next, a large knot was tied and allowed to fit snuggly in the larger opening on the other side.  If these stones were lifted out of the water, the hole would break off at the top.  It was only in the water that these stones could be lifted successfully.


Ron Wyatt stands next the the most impressive anchor stone in the village of eight   Byzantine and Crusader style crosses have been carved on these giant anchor stones, as the early Christians in this area recognized them as objects from a biblical story and associated them with the ark and the eight survivors of the Flood.  Some of the stones have exactly eight crosses on them, while others may have had eight originally, but others may have been added later. (photo courtesy anchorstone.com)


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Jim Pinkoski, curator of Wyatt's first museum, (www.pinkoski.com) is shown here beside a working model of the ark which features the keelsons suspending the giant anchor stones that were hung from the rear of the ark.




arkdraw.jpg (9789 bytes)This drawing shows the anchor stones in action, anchoring the ark on a mountain top, thus providing relief for the passengers aboard.



stone3.jpg (28864 bytes)This stone had been tapered down to provide an area shallow enough to drill through.  If these stones were suspended out of the water with ropes attached through these holes, the area above the hole would break from the weight of the stone.  These had to be lifted in the water only.


stone2.jpg (20319 bytes)Some of the stones are partially buried as they sunk into the mud when they were cut off the ark.  This particular stone is upside down.


stonbrok.jpg (18764 bytes)This stone had been broken in half but it still retained the striking eight crosses signifying the eight survivors from the Flood.  Notice there is one large cross representing Noah, a slightly smaller cross for Mrs. Noah, three smaller crosses representing the sons, and then the three smallest crosses for the wives of the sons.


stonbabl.jpg (28395 bytes)This anchor stone has a carving of the tower of Babel on the lower end.  Not all the stones contain eight crosses.  Some have more than eight, and some less.  These crosses were probably carved by early Christians who associated these stones with Noah's ark. 



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The hole at the top of this anchor stone has been broken off.  Notice the Byzantine style cross.



stone.jpg (21676 bytes)This is perhaps the most photographed anchor stone since it has many crosses and is standing upright.  Notice two diamond shapes on the lower half which represent Nimrod who led a group of non-believers away from this area to settle at the plain of Shinar and then construct the Tower of Babel in southeast Turkey.


Noah's home near the village of Kazan

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Ron Wyatt speaking to a tour group in 1991. View is from Noah's home down to the village of eight.



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Ron Wyatt showing the group a tombstone in front of Noah's home.



Mrs. Noah's tombstone as Ron filmed it in 1977.  The tombstone has a crude carving of a boat shape on a wave, with a rainbow above and eight people walking away.  The second person, who is next to largest, has her head down and eyes closed, representing Mrs. Noah. (photo courtesy anchorstone.com)


arkhome2.jpg (33552 bytes) The remains of Noah's home.  The walls were partially standing when Ron found this in 1977, but the local residents broke down the walls looking for gold.



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