History of the search
|475 B.C.||A Chaldean priest reported that the remains of Noah's Ark could be seen at the bottom of a mountain glacier.|
|257 B.C.||Berosus, a Caldean historian, wrote: "But of
this ship that grounded in Armenia, some part if it still remains
... and some get pitch from the ship by scraping it off and use it
for amulets to ward off evil.". Also, 'It is said, moreover,
that a portion of the vessel still survives in Armenia on the
mountains of the Gordyaens, and that persons carry off pieces of
bitumen, which they use as talismans.'
|30 B.C.||The Egyptian historian Hieronymus, author of the ancient history of Phoenicia
|50 A.D. approx.||1st Century Jewish historian, and both a
Jewish and Roman General, Flavius Josephus
mentions the remains of Noah's ark 3 times. Once, Josephus
tells us that some persons were reluctant to come down from
the Mount onto the Mesopotamia plain to settle because of fears of
another Flood. Josephus also reported the ship
was already being torn down. "It is said that a portion of the
vessel still survives ... on the mountains ... and that persons
carry off pieces of [it], which they use as talismans.
|Nicolaus of Damascus, in his ninety-sixth book, hath a
particular relation about them; where he speaks thus: "There
is a great mountain in Armenia, over Minyas, called Baris, upon
which it is reported that many who fled at the time of the Deluge
were saved; and that one who was carried in an ark came on shore
upon the top of it; and that the remains of the timber were a great
while preserved. This might be the man about whom Moses the
legislator of the Jews wrote."
"... the country called Carrae: it was a soil that bare amomum in great plenty: there are also in it the remains of that ark, wherein it is related that Noah escaped the deluge, and where they are still shown to such as are desirous to see them"
|180 A.D.||Theophilus of Antioch wrote: "And of the Ark,
the remains are to this day to be seen in the Arabian mountains"
|4th cent A.D.||Bishop Epiphanius of Salamis: "Do you
seriously suppose that we are unable to prove our point, when even
to this day the remains of Noah's Ark are shown in the country of
the Kurds? Why, were one to search diligently, doubtless one would
also find at the foot of the mountain the remnants of the altar
where Noah, on leaving the Ark, tarried to offer clean and fatly
animals as a sacrifice to the Lord God"
|4th cent A.D.||John Chrysostom: Do not the mountains of
Armenia testify to it, where the Ark rested? And are not the remains
of the Ark preserved there to this very day for our admonition"
|610 A.D.||Isidore of Seville: "Ararat is a mountain in
Armenia, where the historians testify that the Ark came to rest
after the Flood. So even to this day wood remains of it are to be
In 628 A.D., Isidore (560-636 A.D.) drew this picture of the Ark:
|620 A.D.||Byzantine Emperor Heraclius.
The historian Elmacin recorded in the 13th Century that in the 7th
Century the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius had climbed Jabal Judi in
order to see the place where the Ark had landed.
|628 A.D.||Archbishop Isidore of Seville drew the drawing below in 628 A.D.
|1100's A.D.||Benjamin of Tudela, a 12th century
historian wrote: "I traveled two days to Jezireh BenOmar (modern
Cizre), an island in the Tigris, at the foot of Mt. Ararat...on
which the Ark of Noah rested. Omar Ben al-Khatab removed the Ark
from the summit of the two mountains and made a mosque of it."
|1245 A.D.||Jehan Haithon, a monk wrote: "Upon the snows
of Ararat a black speck is visible at all times: this is Noah's Ark"
|1269 A.D.||The explorer Marco Polo reported
finding the Ark after a 3-day climb in the "snowy reaches of a very
high mountain. At the bottom of a summit, not at the peak."
|1633 A.D.||Adam Olearius wrote: "The Armenians, and the
Persians themselves, are of opinion that there are still upon the
said mountain some remainders of the Ark, but that Time hath so
hardened them, that they seem absolutely petrify'd. At Schamachy in
Media Persia, we were shown a Crosse of a black and hard Wood, which
the Inhabitants affirmed to have been made of the Wood of the Ark".
|1829 A.D.||Frederick Parrot
reported seeing wood relics made from the Ark at the base of Mt.
Ararat in a cathedral that was destroyed in an earthquake in 1840.
|1856 A.D.||This is an unsubstantiated account. The newspaper story
has never been found.
In 1952, Harold Williams wrote a story told by
Haji Yearam, an Armenian Christian, in
1916. According to the story, Yearam as a boy helped guide three
English scientists to the ark in 1856. Upon finding the ark sticking
out of a glacier near the summit, the scientists, "vile men who did
not believe in the Bible," flew into a rage and tried futilely to
destroy it. Then they took an oath to keep the discovery a secret
and murder anyone who revealed it. About 1918, Williams saw a
newspaper article giving a scientist's deathbed confession, which
corroborated Yearam's story.
|1883 A.D.||The Turkish
government reported that an expedition located the Ark at
14,000 feet and saw animal cages and stalls.
|1887 A.D.||Indian explorer
John Nouri made three expeditions, during which he claimed to
have located the Ark -- and recommended removing it for the 1900
|1908 A.D.||In 1970 an Armenian immigrant, Georgie
Hagopian, claimed to have visited the Ark twice around
1908/1910 (1902 in another version) with his uncle. Hagopian claimed
that he had climbed up onto the Ark and walked along its roof, and
that many of his young friends had also claimed to have seen it.
He said; "The Ark was resting on a huge rock, bluish-green in color,
but one side was on the edge of a steep cliff. The mountain was
impossible to climb from the side. When he looked over the edge, he
could hardly see the bottom of the mist.
"The Ark was very long and rectangular. Parts of the bottom were exposed and he could see that it was flat. The roof was nearly flat, except for a row of windows, 50 or more, estimated size 18 inches x 30 inches, running from front to back covered by an overhanging roof. The front was also flat. The side tipped out a little from the bottom to top.
"The wood appeared to be entirely petrified"
According to his memory, it was 1000 feet long, 600-700 feet wide
and about 40 feet tall. It was built with wooden dowels and the
wood was too hard for a bullet to penetrate.
|1916-17 A.D.||Russian and Turkish soldiers entered the Ark.
|1943||Ed Davis, a US army sergeant based
at Hamadan in Iran during World War II, reported that he had climbed
Mt. Ararat with his driver's family in 1943. After three days
climbing, the group camped 100 feet above the Ark, and was able to
look down into it but not to approach closely.
|1948||A Kurdish farmer named Resit
reported seeing a boxlike structure above
11,000 feet on Ararat. Resit said; "The prow of a ship protruding
into a canyon was seen. The prow was almost entirely revealed, but
the rest of the object still was covered."
|1949||U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency photo - known as the "Mt Ararat
|1953||George Green: Helicopter pilot Green
described the Ark lying generally in a north-south direction,
situated seemingly on a large rock bench or shelf on the side of a
vertical rock cliff at the 13,000 to 14,000 ft. level. He
photographed it, but his photos disappeared in British Guiana when
he was murdered there in 1962
|1980's||Former astronaut James
Irwin led two expeditions to Ararat in the 1980s, was
kidnapped once, and like others found no tangible evidence of the
Ark. "I've done all I possibly can," he said, "but the Ark continues
to elude us." Also, Ron Wyatt
mountains of eastern Turkey,
6,300 ft above sea level. he
reports on the Durupinar site.
|1990 A.D.||Laser enhancement of satellite image
reportedly clarified a boxlike shape, broken in half.
QuickBird Satellite imagery taken of the
same anomaly of 1949 above.
|2006||Team led by Dr. Bob Cornuke find an arkish object is about 400 feet long and consists of rocks that look remarkably like blackened wood beams while other rock in the area is distinctively brown. The unusual object is perched on a slope 13,120 feet above sea level. Bob Cornuke's team searched in the "mountains of Ararat" (plural) and not just on Mt Ararat, because Genesis speaks of it in the plural. Genesis 8:4 says; "And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat." (KJV)|
|CREDITS: Much of the above research is by Ron Stewart, and Stephen Keohane of BibleProbe.com|