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Samples from Noah’s Ark site in Turkey indicate human presence in biblical times – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Researchers have linked human activity to the site often referred to as the “ruins of Noah’s Ark” in the eastern mountains of Turkey in a recent discovery. According to the New York Post, a joint study by three Turkish and American universities ongoing since 2021 has provided compelling evidence for human activity dating back to the biblical era.
The research, conducted by the “Mount Ararat and Noah’s Ark Research Team,” set out to investigate the ruins, which have been marred by landslides with their first comprehensive study being carried out in December 2022. The discovery was shared at the recent 7th International Symposium on Mount Ararat and Noah’s Ark.
Located just under two miles from the Iran-Turkey border in the Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı, the site is known as the Durupinar formation, a 538-foot geological feature composed mainly of limonite, which some speculate may be the petrified remnants of Noah’s Ark.
Nearly 30 rock and soil samples from this site were collected and then analyzed at the Istanbul Technical University, as per reports in the New York Post. The dating results placed these samples between 3500 and 5000 years old, roughly around 3000 BC, a timeframe that aligns with the traditional biblical account of a disastrous flood.
Tying the findings to the age of the biblical flood, Professor Dr Faruk Kaya, the Vice Rector of Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen University said, “It is thought that there have been human activities in the region since the Chalcolithic period, that is, between the years 5500 and 3000 BC. It is known that the flood of Prophet Noah went back 5 thousand years ago.”
The dimensions of the Durupinar formation are particularly compelling since they align with the description of the ark in the Book of Genesis. The Bible describes the ark as being “a length of three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.”
According to biblical accounts, God instructed Noah, a 600-year-old man and father of three, to build the ark and gather two of every animal before a worldwide deluge engulfed the Earth. The Durupinar site itself is located approximately 18 miles south of the Greater Mount Ararat summit, where the Bible indicates the ark came to rest on the seventh month and seventeenth day.
The story of Noah and the Ark transcends a single religion, being shared by Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. All three major religions have references to Noah and his legendary vessel. However, while this discovery provides evidence that supports the biblical narrative, scientists are yet to confirm its authenticity.

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