Noah’s Ark: A study

July 31, 2008 at 7:36 am (Bible artifacts)

Not to be confused with the Ark of the Covenant, Noah’s Ark (previous story of replica here) is perhaps the most elusive (and impossible) archeological deluge known to man. According to the Bible, the ark was deposited on Mount Ararat. The best clue we can find to the mysterious ark appears to be the “Ararat anomaly“.

The anomaly is located on the northwest corner of the Western Plateau of Mount Ararat (approximately 39°42′10″N, 44°16′30″E) at about 15,500 ft (4,724 m), some 2.2 km (1.4 mi) west of the 16,854 ft (5,137 m) summit, on the edge of what appears from the photographs to be a steep downward slope. It was first filmed during a U.S. Air Force aerial reconnaissance mission in 1949 — the Ararat massif sits on the former Turkish/Soviet border, and was thus an area of military interest — and was accordingly given a classification of “secret” as were subsequent photographs taken in 1956, 1973, 1976, 1990 and 1992, by aircraft and satellites. Six frames from the 1949 footage were released under the Freedom of Information Act to Dr. Porcher Taylor, a professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, and a scholar at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies specializing in satellite intelligence and diplomacy, in 1995.

You can view the anomaly on Google Maps here (click on the leftmost blue marker). If you have Google Earth, make sure to click the link that Google Maps provides to get some beautiful photographs of Mount Ararat.

I, for one, would love to see the boat, even though I’ll still be an unbeliever in God. Also, if you have as much of a fancy for the ark as I do, check out Indiana Jones and the Genesis Deluge today. I just finished reading it, and it’s pretty good. You can buy it on Amazon.com.

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