As we reported back in June 2001 a ritual burial site was found near the ridge above the Noah’s Ark site. On September 22, 1999 bone fragments were collected from this burial and were dated by the University of Georgia Center for Applied Isotope Studies using 14C/13C analysis in a mass spectrometer and correlated dendrochronologically.
Here is an excerpt from the report written by Dr. Robert C. Michelson:
“A buried spherical ossuarial jar was disturbed by military construction such that a portion was visible at the surface of an embankment. Samples of the jar and its content were inspected. The jar had long been broken prior to the recent incursion……… The jar was not exhumed at this time nor were any bones taken other than a sample from near the surface.”
Here are the results of the test:
- “The uncalibrated date for the bone came out at a Libby Age of 3251 years before present (BP) plus or minus 33 years……. The two sigma dates spanned 1620 BC to 1430 BC. The one sigma date spanned 1600 BC to 1450 BC……..”
Here are the possible implications:
“The date range of 1600 BC to 1450 BC means that the deceased lived approximately 900 years after the Flood according to Biblical chronology. This was a period when the Hittites/Kassites were in control of the region…….
“Of significance is that this was a ritualistic burial….. Why were there ritualistic burials in this remote region in proximity to the Durupinar (ark site) boat-shaped formation 900 years after the Flood? Perhaps the boat was still [located at this point] as implied by Berossus the Chaldean historian to the Greeks, Nicholas of Damascus historian to Herod and Flavius Josephus, Roman historian.”
This data and it implications, as mentioned by Dr. Michelson, are consistent with Ron Wyatt’s theory that religious pilgrims visited the ark site anciently and considered it to be a holy site. For them to bury their dead in this location would be logical.
As we reported in our September 2001 update, a large stone with what appears to be an ancient inscription on it, has been found embedded in the eastern side of the Ark site.
A picture of this stone has been viewed by two different scientists and both agree that this is a potentially important find. At the present time we have a pending request with Turkish authorities for a permit to excavate this stone from the site and remove it to the visitors center in order to protect it from the elements and possible damage from local people and treasure hunters.
Representatives from the Turkish Ministry of Culture have visited the site and viewed the stone. They agree that this object must be protected and they have temporarily restricted access to the immediate area. This means that the local people will no longer be allowed to graze their flocks on or around the site.
We are now assembling a team of specialists who can decipher the markings on this stone.
The importance of these two recent finds should not be underestimated. While Ron Wyatt had a permit to excavate the site in the past he was never able to achieve this because of the political situation in the region. That situation has changed dramatically since Ron’s death and it is now possible to work safely in the area.
These two finds illustrate that this entire area from the ark site all the way to the limestone ridge above the ark is a legitimate archaeological site and that it needs to be protected and excavated regardless of what the professionals believe this site to be.
We believe our excavation of this new found inscription stone could set a precedent which will allow us to get a general excavation permit. For the first time since it was found there could be a real opportunity to excavate and prove once and for all that this site contains the remains of Noah’s Ark. If we can confirm that, it will be a major fulfillment of Ron Wyatt’s efforts.