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NOAH'S ARK- The Early Years

In Sept. 1960, 27 year old Ron Wyatt, along with thousands of other people, read an article in "Life" Magazine about a strange boat-shaped formation in the mountains of Ararat:


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Boatlike form is seen near Ararat.

While routinely examining aerial photos of his country, a Turkish army captain suddenly gaped at the picture shown above. There, on a mountain 20 miles south of Mt. Ararat, the biblical landfall of Noah's Ark, was a boat-shaped form about 500 feet long. The captain passed on the word. Soon an expedition including American scientists set out for the site.

At 7,000 feet, in the midst of crevasses and landslide debris, the explorers found a clear, grassy area shaped like a ship and rimmed with steep, packed-earth sides. Its dimensions are close to those given in Genesis: `The length of the ark shall be 300 cubits, the breadth of it 50 cubits, and the height of it 30 cubits,' that is, 450x75x45 feet. A quick two-day survey revealed no sign that the object was man made. Yet a scientist in the group says nothing in nature could create such a symmetrical shape. A thorough excavation may be made another year to solve the mystery."

Ron's Decision is Made

At that time, Ron determined that one day, he would visit the site and see for himself. But that was a dream he could scarcely realize any time soon. He had a 1 year 4 month old daughter, a 3 month old son, and within a year and a month, he would have another son. Working as a lab technician in the quality control lab at Hercules Powder Plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he was also attending Western Michigan University, studying pre-med. But soon, family matters forced him to give up his hopes of becoming a doctor and he moved to Kentucky in 1964 where he entered nursing school. He graduated in 1967, entered Anesthesia School and graduated as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in 1970.

It was also in 1970 that he found himself raising his 3 young children alone. It didn't look like there would ever be any opportunity for him to visit the strange boat-shaped site, so he had to limit his archaeological research to libraries and book stores. But he never lost interest- in fact, he studied everything concerning ancient history and archaeology, not just subjects concerning Noah's Ark. He had found that there was very little information available on the subject of Noah's Ark, which convinced Ron more than ever that no serious research had ever been undertaken on the subject. Everything he had read was based on folk-lore and unsubstantiated claims, and all claimed sightings were in different locations.

Move to Hawaii

From 1973 to 1975, he and the children lived in Hawaii, where he was able to study volcanoes first hand. This convinced him that if the ark had landed on the volcanic peak called Mt. Ararat, that it would have long ago been destroyed. Despite the fact that there are those who have written elaborate explanations of how the ark could have survived on the volcanic peak, within a few years, the eruption of Mount St. Helens would soon show that NOTHING could survive on a volcanic mountain such as Ararat. If the ark had ever been there, he concluded it would have long ago been destroyed.

"Building Mountains" in a Stream

Moving back to the mainland in 1975, he decided that there was one form of research that he could do- he built a small boat model the same ratio as the ark as stated in the Bible, and then he built various "mountain" configurations in a stream. By floating the model down the stream, he observed the boat's reaction as it approached the various shaped "mountains". What he learned was that when the boat approached a simple peak extending out of the water, it simply floated around it, not approaching it or certainly not landing on it. This was the "lateral displacement" of obstructed gas or liquid flow.

He continued this experiment with several shapes with the same result each time. That is, until he built a "crescent-shaped" formation with the crescent facing down-flow. When the boat accelerated around this "crescent-shape" mountain, he saw that it was pulled into the area within the crescent by the "eddy" effect, where it then gently floated within that area. With this bit of information, Ron felt like the ark would have had to have landed on such a location. The laws of hydrodynamics and water action and reaction were the same then and now. If the ark had approached a mountain peak extending out of the water, the water displacement around the mountain would have carried the ark with it.



NOAH'S ARK- The Action Years

by Mary Nell Wyatt

(First published in newsletter # 9 in 1994)

March 1985

Ron and Dave Fasold arrived in Turkey on March 20, 1985. Meeting them in Ankara was Samran Al Moteri, the Saudi Arabian prince who had come to visit Ron earlier in Madison, Tennessee. He had heard about Ron's claim that Mt. Sinai was in his region of Saudi by some of Ron's captors in '84, and he wanted Ron to show him the mountain. Perhaps to check out Ron's veracity, he wanted to see this so-called "Noah's Ark", and then he would arrange for Ron and Dave to enter his country. But Samran was quite ill when they arrive, so the men couldn't leave for Dogubeyazit right away.

Turkey's Leading Archaeologist, Ekrem Akurgal

While they waited in Ankara, Mine Unler, one of Ron's liaisons with the Turkish government, arranged for a meeting with Dr. Ekrem Akurgal, Turkey's leading archaeologist, world famous for his work on the Hittite excavations throughout Turkey. In Oct. of 1984, the Turks had sent their own archaeologists to investigate the "boat-shaped object" and Dr. Akurgal had carefully studied their reports. Ron had loaned the Turkish scientists one of the White's ferro-magnetic metal detectors and their expedition had yielded very positive results, as one of them showed Ron their field notes. They had retrieved several 4 foot long metal "spikes" which were still intact, but which Ron never got to actually see, as he was told they were taken to the Museum of Mines and Minerals in Ankara. They had also gotten the same pattern of metal readings that Ron had gotten.

"It is, at any rate, a ship..."

When Ron spoke with Dr. Akurgal, in a conversation which Dave videoed, he stated that "it is, at any rate, a ship". A ship for which there was no earthly explanation for, which was of a size not known until recent history, and which was many miles from any body of water. A professed atheist, Dr. Akurgal would later state in an interview with the Turkish media that it was Noah's Ark. When asked why, he simply replied, "because there is no other explanation."

Things were going incredibly well, Ron thought! When Dr. Akurgal presented him with a copy of his book, "Ancient Ruins of Turkey", he wrote, "To Mr. Ron Wyatt, Congratulations for the successful discoveries". With his strong endorsement of the discovery, Mine Unler set about arranging a meeting for Ron later in Ankara in which he would meet with all of the pertinent ministries at one time, explaining his research.

Things had come a long way in the last 7 months, thanks to Jim Irwin. Jim had introduced him to the Guleks, at whose house he had met both Orhan Baser and Mine Unler, and he had referred Dave Fasold to him. And although he had just met Dave, he could already tell that Dave meant business, whatever he did. And Dave was already excited about the site, even though he hadn't seen it yet.

Heading to the Site

Finally Samran recovered from his illness and they flew to Erzurum where they hired a young taxi driver to take them to Dogubeyazit- Dilaver Avci, who would become a trusted friend and ally to both Ron and Dave. When they arrived at the ark site, the excitement of both Dave and Samran was evident. Since there was still snow on the ground, it was covered to a great extent, which accentuated the "boat-shape".

Dave had brought both a pulse-induction metal detector, as well as his molecular frequency generator (MFG), which he demonstrated by picking up the metal readings from great distances. The conventional metal detectors were only effective when within a few feet at the most. Samran stood on the ark and spoke in Arabic while Dave videoed him for his friends back home.

Then Ron took them to see the anchor stones and the village. Dave could not contain his excitement- while Ron was a believer in the ark of the Bible, Dave was a believer in the ark of the Gilgamesh epic, and he was familiar with the Babylonian connections evident on some of the stones. One example was the ziggurat carved on one of the stones.

A Sad Discovery

Everyone was happy, that is, until Ron took them to see the tombstones and house he believed was Noah's and his wife's. When they got there, the house was now reduced to a pile of loose rock, and the tombstones were gone! And right where they once had stood was a partially filled hole- the grave had been robbed! Ron was heartsick. All that remained were small pieces of the huge stones with petroglyphs of Noah, his family, the ship perched on a wave, and a rainbow.

After examining these things, and the anchor stones in the village, they left. Samran was convinced that Ron wasn't a kook, and arranged for all 3 of them to fly to Saudi Arabia. Ron was thrilled. Things were looking bright not only for Noah's Ark, but he got to actually return to Mt. Sinai legally! He finally had someone to work with on the ark who believed in it as much as he did, and who was in a business that required him to be familiar with the electronic equipment that was so vital to the research.

Back in Ankara- Ron's Meeting with the Turkish Ministries

When they returned to Turkey from Saudi, Dave was anxious to get home and left as soon as he could. Ron arranged to stay 4 more days so he could attend the meetings Mine Unler had arranged. He met with all the ministries and presented his case for serious research on Noah's Ark. Their response was very positive and he was assured that they would cooperate with him as much as they could. Dave wanted to bring over sub-surface interface radar and scan the site and Ron was assured he would receive the proper permits.

Sub-Surface Interface Radar

This radar system would reveal any structure beneath the surface, much like a cat scan. The radar can be tuned to various frequencies which reflect various depths. Therefore, by scanning the same area numerous times, each time using a different frequency, a 3-dimensional picture can be constructed. However, the radar and an operator are very expensive to rent, and the idea of purchasing a system was out of the question. But, it had to be the next step. Excavation was still denied.

Red Tape, even in Turkey

A little less than a month later, Ron returned alone to Ankara for more meetings, arranging for permits. Even employing the metal detectors required a permit, and once the permit was issued in Ankara, it had to then be taken to Agri, the capital of the eastern region, where it was then processed. And this is where many problems come up. Ankara is the head of the government, but the regional governments like to think that they are, in fact, the final word. Ankara is a very long way from Agri and Dogubeyazit- if any problems arise with a permit in Agri, it could mean many days of costly waiting and travel back to Ankara, even then, without the assurance that the problem would be solved. So Ron spent a lot of time in Ankara. He didn't want any problems to arise- not now.




by Mary Nell Wyatt

(First published in newsletter # 9 in 1994)

The entire key to understanding the evidence which confirms that this site DOES in fact contain the remains of Noah's Ark, is understanding the condition of the remains. The "world" has a preconceived notion of what they will accept, and that is:

  • a recognizable wooden ship, (still intact after 4,300 years),
  • and the ship MUST be on the volcanic mountain known as Mt. Ararat.

The concept of the ark's appearance has been further enhanced by those who interpreted the fact that the ark had rooms to mean that it had to look like a barge-shaped houseboat instead of a ship. This concept has been based on the many claimed sightings of the ark on Mt. Ararat- and not a single sighting is accompanied by any evidence.

The Ark- NOT Barge-Shaped

First of all, a barge-shaped vessel could not survive on the open seas. Any sailor can tell you that. In fact, the idea is preposterous. The oil tankers of today, which traverse the open seas, have a hull which is NOT flat on the bottom, but instead is rounded. The wave action of the stormy seas today cannot compare with the turmoil of the open seas of the flood, which extended the entire surface of the earth- if a barge-shaped ship today cannot sail the ocean, erase the idea of a barge-shaped ark from your mind. This simply IS NOT a possibility. If you want to research the subject yourself, go to the library and look up "ships and ship-building" and/or "fluid dynamics" or "hydrodynamics".

The "boat-shaped object" is not barge-shaped- it displays the shape of a sea-going vessel. Therefore, from the beginning of its discovery in the stereo-photo, it had this one feature already in its favor.

The Ark Would Not have Survived on Mt. Ararat

If the ark was a reality, then so was the flood (which destroyed the entire face of the earth), and this means that the ark, IF it survived until today, is the oldest structure on earth. Considering the fragile state of wooden homes that were built even in the last century, could we expect to find an intact ark, or even any remains at all? Certainly not in the ever-moving glaciers on Mt. Ararat, which continually flow and grind everything in their path into minute pieces.

Even if an object survived in the glaciers, could it survive the incredible blasts of the past eruptions, the most recent of which blew out an entire section of the mountain? Again, go to the library and research "volcanoes" and "glaciers". Read up on Mount St. Helens, whose last eruption was similar to the last eruption which Mt. Ararat experienced, even leaving a similar blown-out hole in the mountain. You will see the total devastation suffered by everything on or around the mountain at that time.

In addition to this, the Turkish military has been training their commandos on Mt. Ararat for many years, and they know every inch of the mountain. They KNOW there is nothing up there.

How was the Ark Preserved?

The evidence found at the "boat-shaped object", which we will, in complete confidence, refer to as "the ark", shows that the ark was only preserved at all because it was covered in lava flow which effectively sealed it in a sort of "time capsule". However, the mountain it is on is NOT volcanic- the evidence shows that the lava resulted from an eruption of a volcano many miles to the south in present-day Iran.

The lava from that mountain was ejected into the air and carried to the top of the ridge above the ark's present location. The existence of this volcano is proven by the broken stele Ron found in 1984 upon this ridge which showed the unique limestone ridge with a volcano positioned next to it to the south. Today, this volcano is collapsed and cannot be seen except from the top of the ridge, not from the viewpoint of the artist who inscribed the stele.



For the Record...

by Mary Nell Wyatt

(First published in newsletter # 16 in Sept. 1996)

During the course of Ron's work on the various projects, numerous people have wanted to become involved. Some have felt Ron was unqualified to continue the work because of his lack of credentials and they pursued independent research without Ron.

While initially, some of these people declared a belief in the validity of certain discoveries, they today have changed their opinion. And we fully believe everyone has a right to their own opinion. However, sometimes all of the facts concerning some of the independent research isn't made available along with the "change of opinion", so we felt it was time to discuss some of these matters. Although we are supposed to meet opposition with the same meek Spirit as Christ displayed, we are obligated to state the simple facts so that people may have the means to make an intelligent decision as to what they believe.

The 1987 Radar Scans

Jointly Sponsored by

Ataturk University and

Staff of Los Alamos National Labs

One month after the official dedication of Noah's Ark, independent radar scans were performed on the site. We were given a copy of what we were told was the "official" report of those scans. However, to be sure it was authentic, I took a copy of it to Turkey on our June 1992 tour and when Salih Bayraktutan met Ron and I in Erzurum on our last afternoon there, I personally showed it to him and asked if it was authentic. (I felt he would certainly know since his name was listed as co-author of the report. Salih is a professor at Ataturk University in Erzurum and is a member of the commission that was established to study Noah's Ark.) He assured me it was the official report. It is titled:











This report explains in highly technical language the process and data of their radar scans, which were performed by "geologist/radar operator Thomas Fenner" (p 6). The scans were performed with an 

"SIR System-8 ground penetrating radar manufactured by Geophysical Survey Systems of Hudson, New Hampshire", whose "antenna was dragged across the site on transects spaced two meters apart. Radar pulses approximately 5 nanoseconds in width were transmitted at a repetition rate of 50 kHz" (p. 2) with "the radar operating at a frequency of 120 MHZ in order to achieve the maximum penetration" (p. 8).

In summarizing the data, the report states:

"The most noteworthy feature observable in the data of Figure 7 is the V-shaped reflector that is particularly evident in the transects between y=-6 m and y=-50 m. When the topographical variation of the surface is taken into account, one finds that this feature is almost planar in form. The large amplitude of the back-reflected radar signal suggests a large contrast in the dielectric properties of the two sides of a sharply defined interface. The material above the interface presumably is the clay soil observable at the ground surface and exposed to several meters depth in the scarp surrounding the site and in cracks and gullies in the adjacent mudflow environment.

The crucial issue is the type of material which lies below the interface. Is it bedrock that rises up through the mudflow to form something like a small island around which the flow moves? Or is the material something other than bedrock. At least two considerations suggest that it is not bedrock. The first is that in the transects between y=2 m and y=20 m and x>0 in the vicinity of the rock that outcrops at the surface, one does not observe consistently strong reflections of a similar character. The most likely candidate for the bedrock material is the calc-schist rock that forms the hills on either side of the mudflow channel and that comprises the outcrop near the middle of the site. Since the low amplitude radar returns near the outcrop imply a small dielectric contrast between the clay soil and calc-schist rock, the strong reflections of the prominent V-shaped feature are probably not caused by a transition from clay soil to a calc-schist bedrock.

A second consideration which argues that the material below the reflecting interface may not be bedrock is that in several scans, especially between y=-18 m and y=-38 m, there is a double reflection, suggestive of a layer, rather than a simple transition into a material many meters thick. To find such an extensive, almost planar, layer buried within a channel through which a huge volume of mudflow material has moved in a chaotic fashion is highly anomalous from the standpoint of known landslide and debris flow mechanics. If the layer pertains to a buoyant man-made structure, the layer's present setting suggests that the structure has been transported to the present location by a landslide event where it was stranded upon the rock which now outcrops near the middle of the site." (Pps. 8 & 10).




by Mary Nell Wyatt

(First published in newsletter # 16 in 1996)

There have been numerous "tales" about ark sitings throughout the years- dozens of tales, all different places, all different details, and etc., etc. But a good number of those who still believe the Ark has to be on Mt. Ararat, and have rejected the evidence of the true site, try to make the various stories all point to a favored site on Ararat. There is no need to go over these various stories as they are well known..

But there is one particular story that does need to be discussed at this time. It will demonstrate quite clearly how tall tales "get taller" and why we must be so very careful.

One person Ron took to the ark site became convinced it was the true ark. (I won't mention his name because it is not our intention to point him out- only to make known what occurred and how.) He had read all the "ark tales" and believed one, in particular, had been erroneously reported. He believed it was not a tale about an "ark siting" on Ararat, as the story stated, but that it in fact referred to the real site, 12 miles south of Ararat.

"Reshit, the Kurdish Farmer"

The article is seen at left, but in summary, the Nov. 13, 1948 Associated Press story presents about a Kurdish farmer named "Reshit" who said he saw a ship resembling a house about 2/3 of the way up Mt. Ararat. Supposedly, the unusually warm weather had caused the ice and snow to melt enough that the "prow of a ship" was "protruding into a canyon down which tons of melting ice and snow had been rushing for more than two months".




by Richard Rives

(First published in newsletter # 4 in 1993)

In 1985 a six-inch hole was drilled into the side of the ark. By way of that hole, matrix material samples were taken from within a cavity. Careful examination of the samples with the naked eye revealed fibers that appeared to be hair. Recently these fibers were evaluated by a fiber expert in one of the nations leading crime labs.

Under microscopic evaluation using both white and crossed polars light, the fibers revealed all of the features characteristic of mammal hair. Further, the hair was determined to be that of an animal as was clearly indicated by a unicellular medulla (center cell structure). "Color banding" was also noted. "Color banding" is the change in color of the hair from one end to the other; not uncommon to the mammal fur hair of the Felidae (cat) family. Only a portion of the hair root remained, however, the fibrous appearance of the remaining root is indicative of the Felidae hair.

Other fibers from the matrix material were also evaluated. One of the samples proved to be some sort of plant fiber as the cellular structure was plainly visible.

Another hairlike fiber was evaluated which revealed very unusual characteristics: the shaft of the fiber was long and cylindrical like hair, but revealed none of the other characteristics commonly associated with hair. Along the outer surface of the fiber, angular spines extended from the shaft. The specialists believed this to be some sort of plant fiber but all agreed that they had never seen anything like it.

And finally, one of the fibers taken from the matrix had neither animal nor plant characteristics. The specialists agreed that if this fiber had been collected as modern day evidence, there would be no hesitation in declaring it man-made!

The samples are in the process of being photographed under microscopic enlargement so that this documentation can be shared with other experts around the world. Hopefully, additional conclusions can be reached as to the nature of the unusual specimens that have not been positively identified.

Testing has been scheduled for choice hair samples which are still in the matrix material and with a visible root still intact. There is a remote possibility that DNA information may be present and can be obtained from the remaining root.

Future plans call for carefully proceeding with scientific evaluation using state-of-the-art technology. In the mean time, we can humorously conclude that animals were definitely on board Noah's Ark!



Laminated Wood on Noah's Ark

by Mary Nell Wyatt

(First published in newsletter # 1 in 1992)

Over the past fifteen years the Turkish government, through the Noah's Ark Commission, has cooperated with Ron Wyatt on obtaining and evaluating structural specimens from Noah's Ark. One of these specimens was a piece of fossilized deck planking, which many of you have seen on the up- dated Noah's Ark videos. The most recent news in regards to this specimen is that thin sections have been cut from this deck timber for microscopic examination. As you can see in the photo that we have provided below, a corner section was cut out from this incredibly hard fossilized deck timber.

The Aramaic root word for the Hebrew word "gopher wood" means laminated wood (this is when layers of wooden boards are glued together one upon another to provide extra strength), and when these cuts were completed, it was plainly evident that at least this portion of the deck planking is laminated wood!

The excess of the cementing substance (the "glue" used was resin, which was made from tree sap) was squeezed out the end of the plank, hardened, and has remained in the fossilized form. Until this cut was made, it was merely assumed that the dripping material along the outer edge was the pitch placed on the outer surfaces of the deck timbers and the rest of the boat. But now the amazing fact has come to light that the construction methods used by Noah to build the ark included laminating. Further documentation will appear in an up-dated version of the book "Discovered: Noah's Ark," and in the up-coming video that we will release on Noah's Ark.


Who Decides if it is the ARK?

By Mary Nell Wyatt

(First published in newsletter # 8 in 1994)

(Noah's Ark)

What do real archaeologists say about this? - do they think its the ark? Well, there's no better answer than the one Richard Rives gives: 

"Leading archaeologists and scientists say that the earth is millions of years old and that you and I descended from a monkey". 

It is our policy to ONLY ask experts in the various fields to state facts about the evidence, such as the fact that there is organic carbon in the specimens from the ark in an amount consistent with the presence of once living matter, such as decayed wood. We don't ask anyone to say this is Noah's Ark.

. There comes a time when people have to learn to think for themselves. We've become lazy- we want to be told what to think; we want someone to lay it all out for us. Life gets comfortable- if we learn that Noah's Ark really existed, we may have to adjust some of our other thinking and that may not be a real pleasant prospect.

There is the great example that we should never forget- the people of Christ's time wanted a Messiah that was a regal king- a glorious leader who would give them a wonderful kingdom on earth. They wouldn't accept the Messiah that God sent to them- He didn't match their expectations or their wants. 

And so it is with Noah's Ark. The "learned men", like the leading religious leaders of old Jerusalem, expect and want a "glorious" barge-shaped ship" high on the volcanic peak of Mt. Ararat- they won't accept the fragile remains He arranged to be preserved in the manner and location that HE chose. "Well, if these important people say its not the ark, then it must not be". And after all, what does it really matter if the ark is really found? It matters.

Something else that we must remember- there were many, many common, simple-minded people in Christ's time who accepted Him as the Messiah based on their OWN decision; based on what THEY knew to be truth. They didn't need the "learned men and religious leaders" to make their decisions for them. What kind of a God would we have if He created us with a dependence on others to make our decisions for us? Do we really believe that we must have a scientist who is trained in and ingrained in evolutionary science tell us what is truth? 

I hate to tell you folks, but it would be like finding a lost grain of sand in the ocean to find a scientist who would step forward and say that Noah's Ark had been found. One scientist that Ron took to the site, went on the television and said he believed this was most likely Noah's Ark- in fact, he said that he personally believed that it was. Yet, he later told Ron that the facility he worked for told him he could either work for them OR work on Noah's Ark. Today, this man is a vehement opponent of the site. Did the facts change? NO. Only his statement of opinion. This is a decision that the common folk will have to make for themselves.

But what about all the fancy and complicated scientific testing- how do we understand what it all means? It's not complicated at all. Ron made his living for 4 1/2 years doing complicated chemical analyses for Hercules Powder Company. He now has these analyses done at reputable laboratories. The results are FACT, untainted by "managed results". 

If the tests show evidence of decayed or petrified wood, that is FACT. 

If the metal detector scans show the presence of iron at regularly-spaced intervals, this is FACT. 

There is scientific FACT and then there is THEORY. The boat-shaped object is shaped like a ship and it is the size of the Biblical ark, as translated into Royal Egyptian cubits. This is fact. It contains metal at even intervals- this is FACT. 

"THEORY" is that it is an old replica of the ark, built in the time of Constantine, or that it is an old fortress. It is also "THEORY" that it is Noah's Ark. Circumstantial evidence. Like a court case, YOU decide, after sufficient evidence is presented, what it is. Just be very careful to separate the THEORY from the FACT. 

We believe this is Noah's Ark and we are so convinced based on the tremendous amount of evidence that we will state our belief without hesitation. Others will state without hesitation that it is NOT the ark. It will ultimately come down to the fact of whether you believe it is within the realm of possibility for something to "look like a duck, quack like a duck, give birth to baby ducks, swim like a duck, and yet NOT BE A DUCK". (Thanks to David Fasold for the metaphor).


"For by Thy Words Thou Shalt Be Justified,

and By Thy Words Thou Shalt Be Condemned" Mat 12:37

by Mary Nell Wyatt

(First published in newsletter # 11 in 1995)

There have been those who have been critical of Ron's discoveries. Honest criticism (when informed of the evidences) and personal opinion are the right of every individual. However, untruths and "half-truths" told by those who dispute the validity of the discoveries MUST be countered with the real and "whole" truth. Why? Because we believe that God has revealed these things for a purpose- HIS purpose, and that purpose is to vindicate His Word and His Truth. We have seen many people's lives changed after seeing these evidences, and we cannot allow others to speak words of deceit against them without making the truth available. 

Recently a book came out called "The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark" by Sellier and Balsiger of "Sun International"- the same people who produced the documentary of the same name which aired on CBS in Feb. 1993. It is full of twisted tales and untruths clearly designed to try to discredit the real Noah's Ark. And I am sorry to have to present just a few evidences to show how completely unreliable this book is.

In 1992, we received numerous calls from Mr. Balsiger's office requesting the use of some of our photos and video in a "documentary" they were making on Noah's Ark. We told them we were not interested. In this "documentary", they featured all of the usual eye-witness "ark stories", none of which was backed-up by a single piece of hard evidence, except for one- the story of "George Jammal". I will now quote from TIME MAGAZINE, July 5, 1993, page 51, under title, "Phony Arkaeology" in one of many news reports about this documentary: 

"`This piece of wood is so precious- and a gift from God.' These moving words were spoken reverently by George Jammal as he displayed the relic that he said had come from Noah's ark.... What the network didn't know- and didn't bother to find out- was that Jammal was a hoaxer and that large segments of its program were based on blatant and ludicrous pseudo science.... In fact, Jammal... has never been on Mount Ararat. ....[Jammal's] supposed venerable chunk of "ark" wood is a piece of contemporary pine Jammal soaked in juices and baked in the oven of his Long Beach, California, home.... But Jammal's tall tale was not the only misleading part of the special. Sun filled the two hours with a mixture of fact, conjecture, fantasy and arrant nonsense, while offering no clues as to which was which.... ...Larue [Gerald Larue, a professor emeritus of biblical history and archaeology at the University of Southern California] had been interviewed for an earlier Sun International production, and, after seeing that show, felt he had been set up as a straw man. It inspired him to coach George Jammal, an acquaintance, to perpetrate the hoax, intended to expose the shoddy research of Sun International... CBS defended it's role. `When we bought the special,' says a spokeswoman, `it was as an entertainment special, not a documentary.'..."

All through this book can be seen the same stories, (with Jammal's left out)- every kind of "word of mouth" claim is dramatically presented without tangible evidence. Then, in chapter 13 the tone changes from one of objectivity to disdain when speaking of Ron:  

"The claims of self-proclaimed biblical archaeologist Ron Wyatt are nothing short of astonishing....

They then list Ron's discoveries, the last of which reads- 

"Noah's wife's grave. He claims he dug her up and found $75 million worth of gold in her grave-unfortunately later stolen by another."  

Ron has NEVER claimed he dug up this grave. See page 23 of his book, "Discovered: Noah's Ark". These authors quote from Ron's book (their footnote on p. 293) which shows that they had the true facts but chose instead to make this libelous remark.

This book, while presenting all the theories about Noah's Ark which are based on no evidence other than eye-witness claims, (none of which agree with each other), then states about Ron,  

"The bottom line seems to be that no hard evidence exists to prove any of his claims. When contacted during the preparation of this book, he refused to cooperate by supplying any evidence supporting his claims, whether related to the alleged ark site or any of his other finds." 

This is simply not true. They never contacted us again after 1992 (when they ONLY asked for pictures and video of Noah's Ark for use in their documentary, which we refused to provide). They NEVER contacted us asking for information on ANYTHING ELSE for a book. And it is not true that "he [Ron] refused to cooperate by supplying any evidence supporting his claims, whether related to the alleged ark site or any of his other finds. These are simply false claims. No information was ever requested, nor were we even contacted.

They go on to quote other people to refute the "evidence" which they claim Ron didn't have to start with. They quote John Baumgardner as saying that he doesn't believe in the pattern of metal lines in the site because he doesn't believe in the technique David Fasold used, which he called "a form of dowsing"- this refers to the molecular frequency generator. We have no problem with his stating his opinion; however, we want ALL of the facts told. What they DON"T tell you is that Ron found the metal lines in 1984 using conventional White's metal detectors AND that John and Ron used conventional metal detectors to verify the readings of the molecular frequency generator (mfg), (and this can be seen in both David's video, "1985 and 1986 Field Surveys", and our video, "Discovered- Noah's Ark." If you completely discount the use of the "mfg", the evidence of the metal lines is still present and verified by the conventional metal detectors.

Then, they quote him talking about the results of some later tests he participated in at the site using radar and taking core drills specimens, which led him to state: 

"I've concluded that it's only a natural formation"

Yet, in his official report dated November 1987 on radar scans in July of that year, he wrote:  

"We conclude that the data from our geophysical investigation in no way conflict with the proposition that the unusual boat-shaped site near Mahser village contains the remains of Noah's Ark."  

After the core drills done in 1988, in his Aug. 19, 1988 form letter, he discussed finding "limonite" which is "hydrated oxide of iron" in the core drill specimens taken from the site: 

"...during the months I have worked at the site, I have never seen this bright yellow material [limonite] anywhere in the fissures or exposures in the mudflow clay [the area around the ark site]. Because earlier investigations led us to suspect unusual amounts of iron in the site, these occurrences of limonite are of special interest as they could represent the rusted remains of metallic iron objects."  

Furthermore, in this letter, written AFTER the tests which he claims led him to no longer believe in the site, he writes: 

"We still cannot rule out the scenario that the ark of Noah had landed previously higher on the slope and during the mudslide event was swept downslope and caught on this ridge-shaped island of basement rock."  

AFTER he had completed these tests, he still maintained that the results did not disprove that the site DID contain the ark.

They again quote him regarding a specimen he took from the site in 85, analyzed and reported was almost pure iron oxide- he sent the the analysis to Dave Fasold, which showed 60% - 91.84% FE2O3. Now keep in mind that he stated in his 1988 letter that he saw NO limonite (oxidized iron) OUTSIDE of the site and that it's presence IN THE SITE was :

"of special interest as they could represent the rusted remains of metallic iron objects".  

But now, his conclusions are all different:  

"There's absolutely nothing about this sample that would suggest it has anything to do with human activity or that it's man-made."  

He has a right to his opinion, however the true facts are NOT presented to the reader. The test results have not changed. The pattern of metal readings is still present whether he believes the mfg is "dowsing" or not. Iron is found within the site but NOT directly outside of it.

Then, there is the claim that 

"Dr. Shockey, ark expeditioner and cultural anthropologist",..."actually clandestinely tested a chip off the `petrified wood exhibit' Wyatt shows at his speaking engagements.... The lab test results: `This is a sedimentary rock that has undergone metaporphism. It consisted of three distinct layers."  

Now for the complete story. In July 1992, we saw a video program in which Carl Baugh of Glenrose, Texas, showed a fossilized human footprint (removed from the Paluxy River bed). The fossilized footprint had been cut into two sections, showing the inner compression marks. When Ron saw the quality of the cut, he called this man, whom we did not know, and asked him what facility sectioned his specimen. We had been unable to find a someone we felt comfortable enough with to allow them to cut a section off of the deck timber. Carl Baugh wouldn't tell Ron where he had this done, but he agreed to arrange to have our specimen sectioned if we brought it to Glenrose. 

So, on July 21, 1992, Ron, Richard Rives, Randy Osborn and I all went to Texas. When we arrived, we found that no arrangements had been made to cut our deck timber. Carl then told us he had a friend who could cut it, but before we left to do this, he also said he would be happy to have the specimen tested for us at a "certain university" which did free testing for him. Since the specimen had already been tested and we knew the results, we were more than happy to allow him to do this. He then told us that the only stipulation was that we couldn't tell anyone the name of this "university" or else they would not continue to do free work for him. We all four agreed to keep the "university's" name confidential.

We then went to his friend's garage and I have 2 hours of video of them trying to cut the deck timber with every kind of saw imaginable, but with no success. Finally, a small ragged section was removed after going through 19 hacksaw blades. Carl agreed to send the specimen to the certain "university", have it tested, and return the specimen to us. When several months passed and nothing was heard from him, Richard Rives called him. He told Richard that "they" hadn't been able to determine what the specimen was and were now doing what was called, "the extra-terrestrial analysis", which he explained was a "test" performed on substances that couldn't be identified with conventional analyses. He said it was the most "thorough testing" a specimen could undergo. 

More time passed. Richard called again and Carl said the tests were STILL not complete. Then, 6 months after our trip to Texas, we received a flimsy envelope in the mail. In it was a shattered glass slide and 2 letters- one from Carl Baugh and another proposing to be a "lab analysis". The slide with the thin-section of our specimen was shattered since it had been mailed unprotected in a paper envelope. The "analysis" was NOT from the "university" he had claimed he was going to send it to, but INSTEAD was from "Universal Petrographic, Geologic & Geochemical Consultants, Inc., 48 Rockridge Drive, N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87122." It was NOT addressed to Carl Baugh but to "Dr. M.D. Shockey, 7210-B Menaul Blvd., N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87110". It did NOT state that ANY analysis had been done but that the specimen had been given to them to be "thin sectioned". 

Here is the entire "report"- "Dr. Shockey, Please be advised that the rock which was GIVEN TO ME FOR THIN SECTIONING APPEARS TO BE a meta-sediment. That is, a sedimentary rock that has undergone metamorphism. It consisted of three distinct layers." Signed, "Thomas Servilla, Director". Yet, in this book, the report is claimed to state: "`This IS a sedimentary rock that has undergone metaporphism.... There's a BIG difference between "IS" and "APPEARS TO BE".  

Our complete specimen has never been returned to us by Carl Baugh and we have heard reports of Don Shockey and Carl Baugh appearing on TV programs displaying a piece of "wood from Noah's Ark", which they claim is laminated wood. Is this piece of "ark wood" the missing section from our deck timber? And remember that these men are actively involved in raising money to continue looking for Noah's Ark. 

One last comment about this book- the next to the last photo in the photo section is claimed to have been taken "In 1986" when: 

"...Colonel James Irwin returned to Mount Ararat having obtained a permit to fly a light plane around the mountain. A Dutch National Television crew headed by Jan Van der Bosch went with Colonel Irwin and shot a documentary. This amazing photograph was taken of what Dutch National Television believes is a portion of the ark protruding out of the icy snow."  

This SAME PHOTOGRAPH is shown on p. 31 of John D. Morris' book, "Noah's Ark and the Lost World", © 1988. But let's read what HE says about the same photo: 

"A friend of mine took this photo by holding his camera out over the edge of a cliff. It was too dangerous for him to reach the edge and look over, but he was able to take several pictures of the hidden canyon below. When the film was developed and the pictures examined, a strange object that looks like Noah's Ark could be seen, just as these enlargements show...."  

Friends, those who accept the "word" of ANYONE, regardless of their "credentials", without seeing THOROUGH documentation WILL BE DECEIVED.




Ron Wyatt's discoveries include Noah's Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Red Sea Crossing, Mt. Sinai, the Ark of the Covenant and How the Pyramids were built. 
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Ron Wyatt is credited by the Turkish Government with the discovery of Noah's Ark.  He has also made other very important discoveries relating to Biblical archaeology: including the discovery of Sodom and Gomorrah, The Red Sea Crossing, Mt. Sinai in Arabia and The Ark of the Covenant.  

Many explorers have looked on Mt. Ararat for the remains of Noah's Ark.  The Bible however,  does not say that Noah's Ark landed on Mt. Ararat.  It says that Noah's Ark landed upon the mountains of Ararat. (mountains plural)  An examination of the Hebrew manuscripts of Genesis reveals that actual wordage is that Noah's Ark landed upon the mountains of Urartu. (The whole mountainous region in far eastern Turkey.  Ron Wyatt discovered the remains of a fossilized boat constructed of gopher wood and an anchorstone in the mountains of far eastern Turkey which the Turkish government and their scientists believe to be the actual remains of Noah's Ark.

The Bible tells us that Sodom and Gomorrah and all the plain was destroyed due to the wickedness of the people there.  In the early 1980's Ron Wyatt noticed the strange appearance of some "formations" as he passed along the shores of the Dead Sea. They looked to him like city walls and buildings, only whitish in color. For many years, he did nothing about his suspicions but in 1989, Ron discovered something that convinced him that these whitish colored formations weren't just geological formations, but were actually the remains of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Ron Wyatt, when searching for the Red Sea Crossing Site, found a beach on the Gulf of Aqaba which could easily have held the multitude, their flocks, and also pharaoh's army.   Ron went diving in the Red Sea and found various artifacts which he identified as chariot wheels and chariot cabs.  He presented his findings to the head of antiquities in Cairo Egypt, who identified the chariot parts as those from the 18th dynasty. 

In 1978 Ron Wyatt found chariot parts in the Gulf of Aquaba just off the Egyptian shore. At that time, he knew that Mt. Sinai had to be on the opposite shore. Since the Biblical account tells how the people arrived at Mt. Sinai after they crossed the Red Sea; and since the Gulf of Aqaba, which Ron knew to be the crossing site, separates the Sinai Peninsula (Egypt) and Saudi Arabia, there was no doubt as to the location of Mt. Sinai being in Arabia. But where in Arabia?  Ron studied the Biblical account and saw on the flight maps of the area that there was a mountain range in the northwestern area of Saudi which he felt had the potential to be Mt. Sinai. 

Ron Wyatt claimed that he found the Ark of the Covenant. 
He was never allowed to provide conclusive evidence. "More and more we are hearing of new books and tales about the location of the Ark of the Covenant, some based on theories and some based on actual claims of sightings. Ron Wyatt also claimed to have found the Ark of the Covenant in 1982 - but how do you know who to believe?  Until you can see solid evidence for yourself, you cannot know for sure who is telling the true story." ......Mrs. Ron ( Mary Nell ) Wyatt

There is only one known written explanation of how the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids.  Because it was written so many years after the age of the pyramid, few historians or archaeologists have given it much attention.  Herodotus of Asia Minor, (d. 425 B.C.) traveled extensively in Egypt, collecting the verbal history of this most ancient nation.  He wrote about the construction of the pyramids.

In review, this web site relates to the Biblical discoveries of Ron Wyatt founder of Wyatt Archaeological Research WAR and Wyatt Archaeological Museum.  Ron has been credited by the Turkish government with the discovery of Noah's Ark in the mountains of Ararat.  He is also responsible for the discovery of Sodom and Gomorrah, The Exodus Red Sea Crossing on the Gulf of Aqaba and Mt. Sinai in Arabia or ancient Midian.  This web site relates to the history of the Bible from the time of creation and continues through the ages providing information given by the prophet Moses who wrote the first books of the Bible.  You will find information on the ancient civilizations including Israel and the Israelites, the dynasty of Egypt Turkey Rome Assyria Greece and Babylon.  You will also find references to the Jews the Christians the Christian faith and the church.  You will read about Joseph and the pharaoh  Thutmoses and Hapshepsut of the Nile.  Find out about the discovery of The Ark of the Covenant with it's mercy seat constructed of gold under which were found the ten commandments of God, the law of our Creator, written by the finger of Jesus Christ, King of Kings.  You will hear the account of Ron Wyatt about crucifixion blood on the mercy seat the most holy place and the high priest.   Find out about the temple of Solomon and the truth about the resurrection the empty tomb and consider the prophecy of the book of Revelation and the prophesies of Daniel Ezekiel and Isaiah.

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