A massive shape that appears to match the Bible’s description of Noah’s Ark has been discovered by archaeologists using 3D scans reports the US Sun.
The researchers used earth-penetrating radar to examine the boat-shaped formation on Mt Tendürek which has long been understood to be the spot where the legendary vessel from the Book of Genesis docked.
so that in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. (Genesis 8:4)
Both Turkish and American researchers have called the initial scans promising and suggest a manmade object underneath the bedrock – and they are optimistic that it may be Noah’s Ark.
Bible scholars have long held that Noah’s Ark was buried under the mountain, known as the Durupınar, in eastern Turkey.
Geologists however claim that the mountainous bump that was discovered half a century ago is nothing more than a unique rock formation.
The team, which is led by long-time ark hunter Andrew Jones, believes that they have acquired images of something that resembles Noah’s Ark.
Not what you would expect to see
The radar surveys were operated at the site by the Oregon-based Topa 3D – who were shocked at the results.
“This is not what you would expect to see if this site is just a solid block of rock or an accumulation of random debris from a mudflow,” Jones told Sun Online.
“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.”
The project – Noah’s Ark Scans – say they have found “parallel line and right angles below the surface” which are “something you would not expect to see in a natural, geologic formation”.
The “boat formation” appears to be the “exact length” of the ark as written in the Bible – which is around 150 meters, or 300 cubits in Biblical terms.
This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark shall be three hundred amot, its width fifty amot, and its height thirty amot. (Genesis 6:15)
The site, which is where the Ark rested according to Bible scholars, was initially discovered in 1959 by Turkish army captain Ilhan Durupinar, who spotted the irregular boat formation while snapping aerial photographs of the region for the military.
His discovery resulted in a short-lived period of international intrigue into the site.
The Durupinar site was then visited by controversial researcher Ron Wyatt in the 1970s.
Compelling skeptical geologists to reconsider
His findings favored the location being Noah’s Ark causing other archaeologists, researchers, and scientists to study the formation.
The new team’s breakthrough findings could compel skeptical geologists to reconsider their position.
“It’s a whole new ballgame now. Those judgments dismissing the site were made decades ago and based on limited data compared to what we have now” Ryan Mauro, president of the Doubting Thomas Research Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating the historicity of Biblical accounts told the Sun.
“Before learning about these scans, it seemed like those who continued to argue in favor of the Durupinar site just couldn’t accept the truth and let it go” he added.
The team intends on carrying out more scans at the site, followed by drilling and eventually excavations.