Turkish professor of geophysical archaeology examines possible Noah’s Ark site!

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

Noah’s Ark Researcher

Greetings from the mountains of Ararat in eastern Turkey! Just over a week ago the leadership team for the Noahs Ark Scans project met on the Noah’s ark boat formation site and spent 4 days in the region surveying the ark site, filming videos, examining fossils and geological layers and meeting with other professors of archaeology doing work in this region. Assist. Prof. Dr. Fethi Yuksel from Istanbul University and Sait Yardimci, chairman of the Turkish Film Commission, joined us in Dogubayazit for this trip.

Last summer (2020), Zafer Onay and I were invited to a meeting with a group of Turkish scientists and officials at the Noah’s ark boat formation site. It was some of the same scientists and officials from our 2019 meeting on the site except this time we, also, met an archaeo-geophysicist / geophysical engineer from Istanbul University. We had in the group two Turkish archaeologists (one a professor of archaeology doing work in the region at Urartu archaeological sites), Assist. Prof. Dr. Fethi Yuksel, and two Ministry of Culture and Tourism officials (one from Ankara and the other the tourism manager of this province). After an initial meeting at the visitor center, five of us headed down to the boat formation for a survey of the ark site. 

Two Turkish archaeologists, one Turkish professor of geology and geophysics and Ministry of Culture and Tourism officials meeting Zafer Onay and Andrew Jones at the Noah's ark site in the summer of 2020 to plan the geophysical survey work.
Two Turkish archaeologists, one Turkish professor of archeo-geophysics and geophysical engineering and Ministry of Culture and Tourism officials meeting Zafer Onay and Andrew Jones at the Noah's ark site in the summer of 2020 to plan the geophysical survey work.
Two Turkish archaeologists, one Turkish professor of geology and geophysics and Ministry of Culture and Tourism officials meeting Zafer Onay and Andrew Jones at the Noah's ark site in the summer of 2020 to plan the geophysical survey work.
Two Turkish archaeologists, one Turkish professor of archeo-geophysics and geophysical engineering and Ministry of Culture and Tourism officials meeting Zafer Onay and Andrew Jones at the Noah's ark site in the summer of 2020 to plan the geophysical survey work.

Dr. Yuksel who is our lead scientist on phase one of the Noah’s ark project did a field-walking or pedestrian survey of the ark site along with one of the other archaeologists and Zafer Onay and myself. Dr. Yuksel is a professor in the geophysical engineering department at Istanbul University and an expert in geophysical surveys (i.e. Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) and Ground-penetrating Radar (GPR)). After the pedestrian survey was completed we held another meeting at the visitor center and Dr. Yuksel was tasked with writing up the project plan and budget for phase one. We finally received the project documents in October 2020. This plan is the basis for the scientific project on NoahsArkScans.com.

Turkish scientist's plan for phase 1 of the Noah's ark boat site research.
Turkish scientist's plan for phase 1 of the Noah's ark boat site research.

Last November, after we received the project documents, Zafer and I flew to Istanbul to meet with Dr. Yuksel and Sait Yardimci. We were able to go over the project budget in detail.

The Noah's ark project leadership team after a working luncheon. Istanbul (November 2020).
The Noah's ark project leadership team after a working luncheon. Istanbul (November 2020).

With winter arriving in the mountains of eastern Turkey and snow falling already in Dogubayazit I decided to stay in Istanbul over the winter after guiding some friends from California around there in early December. I met up with Dr. Yuksel and Sait Yardimci a number of times during my winter stay in Istanbul. We were able to film some promo videos and I was able to visit Dr. Yuksel at Istanbul University and get a private tour of some of the sites he has done GPR scans at on the university property. 

With summer here a date was set for the whole team to come out to eastern Turkey to finalize the plans for the project on-site. We are grateful to the donors who helped pay for Dr. Yuksel’s trip and also part of Sait Yardimci’s trip. With 4 days on the ground, the team was able to meet daily and see the different sites associated with the Noah’s ark research project and meet key archaeologists doing other work in the region. One good news out of the trip was that Dr. Yuksel announced that a permit with his name on it as one of the team members was issued that covered the area of the Noah’s ark site. This would speed up the process of doing the work. Once the funding comes in we can start the on-the-ground research with the professors and their assistants from the 3 Turkish universities! This is exciting news! Remember there can be no excavation of the boat formation site until the geophysical surveys, core drilling and geological studies are complete! This summer’s work is a necessary step and the most important one to reach our goal. 

The Noah's ark project leadership team on the Durupinar Noah's ark site.
The Noah's ark project leadership team on the Durupinar Noah's ark site.

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 the interested scientists, they have the permit to work in this area, we have the media contacts to document the work. What we need is your financial support and prayers so that this project can be completed this year. Our goal has always been to uncover as much evidence as possible for Noah’s ark and to present it to the world. Please check out the Donate page on this website to learn of the different options we have and the many different thank-you gifts for each level of support. God bless!!

Noah's ark (Durupinar site) - Ara Guler 1961Noah's ark (Durupinar site) - Andrew Jones drone 2019