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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 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. 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. This year’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.

Our goal has always been to uncover as much evidence as possible for Noah’s ark and to present it to the world. God bless!!

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

Andrew Jones

Noah's Ark Researcher

Why did I fly a drone into Iran last month from a Turkish military zone? As some of you know I have flown drones in some crazy places in our research at these Biblical archaeological sites in the Middle East. In February 2017 I did the first drone flight from the summit of the real Mount Sinai in NW Arabia (aka ancient Midian). Many times I’ve flown at the split Rock of Horeb on the west side of the Horeb range and I even once had a $6,500 drone overheat and crash in the Saudi desert (one “friend” later ridiculed me as a “failed drone pilot” ha!). Now just a few weeks ago our team consisting of a Turkish archaeologist, an official from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and a Turkish border commander with his soldiers were all watching me fly a drone from Turkey into Iran with the possibility of losing the equipment and causing an international incident. 

Some awesome miracles are taking place here in Turkey with the Noah’s ark research! While we are not done yet with the border survey work and are only starting we thought an initial report should be made public so that our supporters can keep up with the exciting doors that God has opened.

Driving in the back of a Turkish military truck along the Turkish-Iranian border. This is the new wall that they built on the Turkish side.
Driving in the back of a Turkish military truck along the Turkish-Iranian border. This is the new wall that they built on the Turkish side.

Please keep us in your prayers each day! We are grateful for the financial support that keeps the Noah’s ark research going. Check out the link to the full report below.

A drone photo from Iran looking back at us in Turkey with a Turkish archaeologist and an official from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The military base commander and the 4 soldiers with him stood out of view. The right edge of the photo shows the edge of border marker #65 which is the one Ron documented that had the boat-like and bird-like symbols carved on them that he associated with the original landing site of Noah’s ark. The full photos will be released in our final report.
A drone photo from Iran looking back at us in Turkey with a Turkish archaeologist and an official from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The military base commander and the 4 soldiers with him stood out of view. The right edge of the photo shows the edge of border marker #65 which is the one Ron documented that had the boat-like and bird-like symbols carved on them that he associated with the original landing site of Noah’s ark. The full photos will be released in our final report.
Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

Noah’s Ark Researcher

We had an exciting and productive meeting with the Honorable Yildiz Acar, the mayor of Doğubayazıt, a few weeks ago. The section chief for Zafer Onay’s neighborhood set up the meeting. We were able to introduce to her the Noah’s ark visitor center renovation project and present our renovation plans for the site. She was very excited and offered the municipality’s support. We gave her ideas for tourism in this district including a tourism center along the well-traveled Ishak Pasha road. Ishak Pasha is the main tourist site in the province in addition to trekking on Mount Ararat (Ağrı Dağı) and visiting Noah’s Ark (Nuh’un Gemisi) which is the site we are working to promote and do further research on. The mayor gave her approval to use their logo on our material as a sponsor of the renovation project. She promised the following support:
  1. The city will provide an outside trash dumpster with a weekly trash pickup. 
  2. The city will pave the dirt parking lot in front of the visitor center this fall.
  3. The city will donate landscaping including trees, bushes, and benches to the site next spring after the city engineers visit the site with us to see where best to plant the new trees and bushes.

Another exciting development was that we asked the mayor if they could print tourism flyers about the Noah’s ark site to be placed in the lobby and/or hotel rooms in all the hotels in Doğubayazıt and she agreed to that. We are currently in the process of designing these city-sponsored tourism flyers.

If you would like to help support this renovation project and build the new walking trails around the Noah’s ark site please visit the below links. We are needing 100 volunteers to come to the site this year. We have different dates you can select from for the week-long trip (or you can stay longer). If you can’t make it we have a list of initial items we need donors to financially sponsor at the below link. Thank you for the continued support as we do our best to upgrade the site and promote tourism to this area of Turkey.