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The Village of Eight and the Sea Anchor Stones


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

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


About 15 miles from the ark is the village of Arzep, formerly known as the Village of Eight, where the sea anchor stones were cut off the ark and landed underwater in this area.  Arzep is its old Armenian name, but the Turks have a more contemporary name of Siglaksulu.  We like to use the Arzep older name.  Arzep is also the area where Noah's family lived after the Flood.

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 starting to recede.  We will look at the sea anchor stones or drogue stones found in this village about 15 miles from the ark at the end of The Valley of Eight.  See Wikipedia and search for "sea anchors" to learn more about how they can keep a ship facing oncoming waves when the stones were attached to the front of the ship.



Above:  Large sea anchor stands with crosses inscribed on its face.  Mount Ararat in distance.  David Fasold said there is four feet of stone in the ground.

The holes were drilled in the stones for a rope to be attached.  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.


Another view of the same stone...  Diamond shape represents Nimrod who came from this area after the Flood.


Above:  This stone has a large cross in the middle representing Noah, a second smaller in the lower left representing Mrs. Noah, three smaller crosses
representing the three sons, and the three smallest crosses representing the wives of the sons.


Above:  Large stone with Armenian writing on the right side. 

Above:  Armenian writing states:   "The cross was placed.  Saint intercessor Hoosig.  Armenian.  29 : 731 or 531" (year AD)
Hoosig was martyred in 347 AD.
We thank Marta Francis for translating this for us into English.


Dr. Michelson has produced several videos on the ark site and can be seen here:  www.Arkdiscovery.com/michelson.htm



Above:  Large cross is for Noah and six other crosses.  One probably broken off.






Above:  Stone with possible image of the tower of Babel, per Ron Wyatt.


Above:  On a hilltop outside the village of Arzep is this stone with Crusader style crosses inscribed on it.  The hole is broken on the right.  


This stone is out in the countryside and does not have crosses.  Perhaps it was uncovered at a later date. 


Above:  Another out in the countryside


Above:  Another stone out in the countryside.  I believe the top on the left was broken off which had the hole drilled through.  This stone
is one of the most ornate, in the Byzantine style. 


Above:  Hole is broken off on the top right. 



Mud Brick Wall in Arzep



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 in 1978 the tiles had been removed and sold.  One of the locals in the village, remembers the tiles.  Small bits of tile have been found at the base of the wall.  Sadly, most of this ancient singular wall was destroyed in 2003 by an earthquake.    Photos above are from 2000.  In 2018, Kevin Fisher was able to locate two remaining segments of the wall shown below.  The bricks are about 24 inches in diameter and have broken pottery and bones mixed in the bricks. 

Perhaps this wall was built soon after the Flood to surround the village and protect the locals from attacks from wild animals.


Possible "covering" stone used on Noah's ark

Above:  Kevin Fisher stands next to this large stone-like object that
and may be the covering Noah removed from the ark as the waters were receding. 
It is located a half mile from the Arzep village.  When knocking on the stone it emits a hollow and high pitch.
Large cross can be seen at left. Seven crosses can be seen on its surface.  Early Christians placed
 them on this because they linked it to the ark and the Bible.


Noah's home near the village of Arzep


Above:  Ruins of Noah's home or memorial structure.  Noah's altar in the background.  Notice large stone in foreground with two crosses.  In the background is a
line of stone fencing that Noah erected to contain animals.  We are told in Genesis that he practiced husbandry. 


 Above:  Noah's altar stone in center right, with sacrificial animal corral to the left 


Above:  This stone would have been waist high for Noah, and he would have faced the valley and preached to tens of thousands about the antediluvian world
and the destruction of the world from the Flood because of sin.



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