The Durupinar boat-shaped formation (Noah’s ark) was discovered on Sept. 11, 1959, by Turkish Army Captain Ilhan Durupinar. This boat-shaped formation is believed to be the buried remains of Noah’s ark (Nuh’un Gemisi) that landed in the Mountains of Ararat according to the Bible (Genesis 8:4) and according to the Qur’an (11:44) on Al-Judi which locals in the nearby village will tell you is a name given to this area as well. The main research and interest in this site started in the 1970s through the mid-1990s due to the work of American explorer and researcher, Ron Wyatt, and others including Turkish scientists. In 2014 and 2019 further independent private geophysical surveys were done again on the ark formation showing layers and interesting angular structures below the ground. The new GPR data shows parallel lines and angular structures 8 to 20 feet down. These parallel lines and right angles below the surface are something you would not expect to see in a natural, geologic formation. Interestingly, the boat formation has also been confirmed to be the exact length of the ark given in the Bible (Genesis 6:15).
In 2021 a consortium of Turkish scientists, interested Americans, and other private supporters abroad are planning to do the most complete geophysical survey and scientific study of this site to date using as many modern scientific methods as possible. The scientific study will also focus on how best to preserve the site for future generations. Friends, we have a huge scientific project in front of us! All the pieces are in place. We have the support of key locals, we have interested scientists who have the permit to work in this area, and we have the media contacts to document the work. Scroll down to financially support this important effort that will help the tourism of Turkey as well.