The Big Boat hoax – and the True. ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH NO.725
CHINESE DISCOVERY REPORT
I have been asked about a joint Turkish-Chinese
expedition that claimed to have found Noah’s Ark on
Mount Ararat in Turkey.
They took pictures of what they alleged were inside a
structure that contained wooden beams carbon-dated to
4,800 years old.
However, a member of the expedition, Dr Randall Price,
“I was the archaeologist with the Chinese expedition in
the summer of 2008 and was given photos of what they now
are reporting to be the inside of the Ark.
“I and my partners invested $100,000 in this expedition,
which they have retained, despite their promise and our
requests to return it, since it was not used for the
“The information given below is my opinion based on what
I have seen and heard (from others who claim to have been
eyewitnesses or know the exact details).
“To make a long story short: this is all reported to be a
fake. The photos were reputed to have been taken off site
near the Black Sea, but the film footage the Chinese now
have was shot on location on Mt. Ararat.
“In the late summer of 2008 ten Kurdish workers hired by
Parasut, the guide used by the Chinese, are said to have
planted large wood beams taken from an old structure in
the Black Sea area (where the photos were originally
taken) at the Mt. Ararat site.
“In the winter of 2008 a Chinese climber taken by
Parasut’s men to the site saw the wood, but couldn’t get
inside because of the severe weather conditions.
“During the summer of 2009 more wood was planted inside a
cave at the site.
“The Chinese team went in the late summer of 2009 (I was
there at the time and knew about the hoax) and was shown
the cave with the wood and made their film.
“As I said, I have the photos of the inside of the s
o- called Ark (that show cobwebs in the corners of rafters –
something just not possible in these conditions) and our
Kurdish partner in Dogubabyazit (the village at the foot
of Mt. Ararat) has all of the facts about the location,
the men who planted the wood, and even the truck that
In short, Randall was duped.
This is certainly not the first time phony claims have
Among the best-known scams is one from 1993, when
California actor George Jammal deliberately duped CBS
Television and the filmmakers of “The Incredible
Discovery of Noah’s Ark” into believing he saw and
touched the vessel on Mount Ararat.
Jammal made the hoax as blatant as possible, making up
persons with names such as “the Armenian friend, Mr.
Allis Buls Hitian” or “my dear Polish companion Vladimir
Sobitchsky”, and cooking a piece of pine in sauce to
present it as “a piece of the Ark”.
And yet his story was presented as the real thing and
shown as the key testimony in the video; after some time,
humiliating its makers, Jammal publicly revealed the
details of his hoax.
In our popular book “The Ark Conspiracy” are related other
For example, a Frenchman, Ferdinand Navarra, climbed
Ararat three times in the 1950s.
After his first expedition, he claimed to have seen an
unusual dark patch within the ice, which was a ship’s
The discovery was at approximately 14,000 feet
During a third climb, on July 6, 1955, Navarra
“discovered” hand-hewn timber on the slope.
From numerous claimed sightings of the Ark during the
20th century, the belief grew that the Ark lay partly
hidden by ice on a large ledge 13,000 to 15,000 feet up
on Mount Ararat.
The public was fascinated. And I was “hooked” on the
gigantic Mount Ararat as being the site.
In my scientific research I had investigated hundreds of
archaeological reports and was well aware of the
difference between anecdote and evidence.
One thing had been bothering me.
For more than seventy years, so many expeditions had
failed to produce any hard evidence.
Great stories were told, which captivated the listener;
but of all the rumoured sightings, none had ever been
Photographs reportedly taken had either been lost or
Then my attention was drawn to the site twelve miles
south of Mount Ararat proper – the site to which American
archaeologist Ron Wyatt kept returning.
Ron supplied a stunning piece of information – the
That got me started – reluctantly. I was keen on the
Mount Ararat site, to the rumours of a ship high up in a
canyon half buried in ice. I didn’t want to believe that
THIS thing covered in mud on a plateau to the south was
I went out with a whole brief case full of objections to
shoot down Wyatt’s claim.
“WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE ARARAT SIGHTINGS?” I kept asking.
What about the reports in Rene Noorbergen’s The Ark File;
in Tim La Haye and John Morris’ The Ark on Ararat and
Violet Cummings’ Has Anybody Really Seen Noah’s Ark? –
what about all these?
Painstaking research would eventually uncover the truth.
And it wasn’t pretty. Supposed documented eyewitness
accounts would evaporate.
I learned that the Turkish government had meticulously
observed the activities of all who had “looked for Noah’s
Ark” over the past 50 years.
It was required that Turkish guides accompany each
expedition. These guides reported back to government
officials, who kept files on the reports.
Thus the claims of expedition members could be checked
against the facts recorded.
And can you wonder that the Turks were suspicious?
Schliemann stole priceless treasures when he dug up Troy
and others since had behaved similarly. So was it
surprising that the Turks kept tabs on every Ararat
Information in the Turkish files showed that Navarra
first took wood up Mount Ararat, and on the next visit in
the company of witnesses “found” this wood “from the Ark”.
As for the 1916-17 Roskovitsky (Russian) discovery story,
it was an embarrassing reality that the original tale had
been a complete fabrication by one Benjamin Allen. Its
purpose: to raise funds for the Sacred History Research
expedition in the forties.
Another report was given by Georgie Hagopian, who lived
near Van about ninety miles from Ararat. Interviewed when
he was an old man, he was “led” with questions.
In truth, as a small child, he had been taken “up the
mountain” (a mountain near Van, not Ararat) and while his
uncle tended the flocks, he had sat Georgie on a big flat
rock and said, “Here’s Noah’s Ark; you sit on it.”
In imagination the child was sitting on the Ark. In the
interview many years later, the fantasy was relived.
THAT “ARK” MOVIE
And about that movie screened in the seventies which
showed the Ark in a valley on Mount Ararat?
A gentleman named Elfred Lee PAINTED IN the boat-shape on
to a photo of Ararat. That’s right.
And what is more, a gentleman named Sallier, who prepared
a picture for the film In Search of Noah’s Ark, took a
tiny stone about an inch high, shaped it into a model of
the Ark, and placed it against some soil in a little dry
wash-out about a foot high, in Utah.
The film commentary stated: “This is in a canyon on Mount
They also placed it against some snow and photographed it
close up in such a way you couldn’t tell how big it was.
Talk about doing a snow job!
One man had his picture taken while he stood in the
so-called “canyon” with the mini “Ark” beside him.
Some time later, Mr Lee told Mr Wyatt that “a Mr ….
gave me $500 to paint it in.”
“MT. ARARAT? NO WAY!”
My friend Dr. M. Salih Bayraktutan, Turkish geologist,
was reported in 1987 and 1988 as saying that “Mt. Big
Ararat is volcanic and if the Ark landed there it would
be under four to five thousand feet of lava.
“Furthermore, the hydrodynamics of a cone shape volcanic
mountain would push the Ark away from it. ”
From pillow lava on Ararat (pillow lava forms under
water), it is evident that Ararat was totally submerged
during the Flood.
Since the Flood waters did not reach 17,000 feet (Ararat’s
present height), this mountain has been raised higher
since the Flood.
Such a volcanic upheaval would in all likelihood have
destroyed the Ark, had it been there.
Almost any unusual feature of the mountain is likely to
be associated with the Ark by observers from the air, the
plain or the nearby hills.
One series of climbs up the Ahora trail toward Kup Lake
has revealed that what many thought may have been the Ark
was simply a large rock spur.
TO THE SOUTH OF MT. ARARAT
Of course many of the reported sightings could have been
of the other site twelve miles south of Mount Ararat.
Others would have misinterpreted such sightings as having
been made on Mt. Ararat.
My earlier question now demanded an answer: “Didn’t the
Bible say the Ark was on Ararat?”
I leafed through to Genesis 8:4. There it was, now, as
clear as distilled water: “And the ark rested… upon the
mountains of Ararat.” Mountains, plural, indicating a
range of mountains.
And that was why I turned my attention to the Ararat
mountains further south. The evidence at a site there –
well, that is definitely worth writing home about!
There’s definitely a boat there – 525 feet long (longer
than a football field), which the identical length of the
Ark as recorded in the book of Genesis, as well as the
same average beam width.
But that’s only the start of where things match up.
THE FINAL VERDICT
As for the latest Chinese claim, as you can see, we hear
these reports from time to time. They always turn out to
be something else.
This latest team could have saved their breath if they
had kept up with real discovery already made about 12
miles to the south, and documented in detail by more than
The Turkish government has even turned it into an
international historical park named “Noah’s Ark
HERE’S WHERE TO GET THE FACTS
Honestly, I’d love to take you up there and let you see
some of these amazing things for yourself. But that
would cost you and me several thousand dollars each.
And, with tension between the Turks and Kurds, the area
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Jonathan Gray has traveled the world to gather data on
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