NOAH'S ARK- The Action Years
by Mary Nell Wyatt
(First published in newsletter # 9 in 1994)
Ron and Dave Fasold arrived in Turkey on March 20, 1985. Meeting
them in Ankara was Samran Al Moteri, the Saudi Arabian prince
who had come to visit Ron earlier in Madison, Tennessee. He had
heard about Ron's claim that Mt. Sinai was in his region of Saudi
by some of Ron's captors in '84, and he wanted Ron to show him
the mountain. Perhaps to check out Ron's veracity, he wanted
to see this so-called "Noah's Ark", and then he would
arrange for Ron and Dave to enter his country. But Samran was
quite ill when they arrive, so the men couldn't leave for Dogubeyazit
Turkey's Leading Archaeologist, Ekrem Akurgal
While they waited in Ankara, Mine Unler, one of Ron's liaisons
with the Turkish government, arranged for a meeting with Dr.
Ekrem Akurgal, Turkey's leading archaeologist, world famous for
his work on the Hittite excavations throughout Turkey. In Oct.
of 1984, the Turks had sent their own archaeologists to investigate
the "boat-shaped object" and Dr. Akurgal had carefully
studied their reports. Ron had loaned the Turkish scientists
one of the White's ferro-magnetic metal detectors and their expedition
had yielded very positive results, as one of them showed Ron
their field notes. They had retrieved several 4 foot long metal
"spikes" which were still intact, but which Ron never
got to actually see, as he was told they were taken to the Museum
of Mines and Minerals in Ankara. They had also gotten the same
pattern of metal readings that Ron had gotten.
"It is, at any rate, a ship..."
When Ron spoke with Dr. Akurgal, in a conversation which Dave
videoed, he stated that "it is, at any rate, a ship".
A ship for which there was no earthly explanation for, which
was of a size not known until recent history, and which was many
miles from any body of water. A professed atheist, Dr. Akurgal
would later state in an interview with the Turkish media that
it was Noah's Ark. When asked why, he simply replied,
"because there is no other explanation."
Things were going incredibly well, Ron thought! When Dr. Akurgal
presented him with a copy of his book, "Ancient Ruins of
Turkey", he wrote, "To Mr. Ron Wyatt, Congratulations
for the successful discoveries". With his strong endorsement
of the discovery, Mine Unler set about arranging a meeting for
Ron later in Ankara in which he would meet with all of the pertinent
ministries at one time, explaining his research.
Things had come a long way in the last 7 months, thanks to
Jim Irwin. Jim had introduced him to the Guleks, at whose house
he had met both Orhan Baser and Mine Unler, and he had referred
Dave Fasold to him. And although he had just met Dave, he could
already tell that Dave meant business, whatever he did. And Dave
was already excited about the site, even though he hadn't
seen it yet.
Heading to the Site
Finally Samran recovered from his illness and they flew to
Erzurum where they hired a young taxi driver to take them to
Dogubeyazit- Dilaver Avci, who would become a trusted friend
and ally to both Ron and Dave. When they arrived at the ark site,
the excitement of both Dave and Samran was evident. Since there
was still snow on the ground, it was covered to a great extent,
which accentuated the "boat-shape".
Dave had brought both a pulse-induction metal detector, as
well as his molecular frequency generator (MFG), which he demonstrated
by picking up the metal readings from great distances. The conventional
metal detectors were only effective when within a few feet at
the most. Samran stood on the ark and spoke in Arabic while Dave
videoed him for his friends back home.
Then Ron took them to see the anchor stones and the village.
Dave could not contain his excitement- while Ron was a believer
in the ark of the Bible, Dave was a believer in the ark of the
Gilgamesh epic, and he was familiar with the Babylonian connections
evident on some of the stones. One example was the ziggurat carved
on one of the stones.
A Sad Discovery
Everyone was happy, that is, until Ron took them to see the
tombstones and house he believed was Noah's and his wife's. When
they got there, the house was now reduced to a pile of loose
rock, and the tombstones were gone! And right where they once
had stood was a partially filled hole- the grave had been robbed!
Ron was heartsick. All that remained were small pieces of the
huge stones with petroglyphs of Noah, his family, the ship perched
on a wave, and a rainbow.
After examining these things, and the anchor stones in the
village, they left. Samran was convinced that Ron wasn't a kook,
and arranged for all 3 of them to fly to Saudi Arabia. Ron was
thrilled. Things were looking bright not only for Noah's Ark,
but he got to actually return to Mt. Sinai legally! He
finally had someone to work with on the ark who believed in it
as much as he did, and who was in a business that required him
to be familiar with the electronic equipment that was so vital
to the research.
Back in Ankara- Ron's Meeting with the Turkish
When they returned to Turkey from Saudi, Dave was anxious
to get home and left as soon as he could. Ron arranged to stay
4 more days so he could attend the meetings Mine Unler had arranged.
He met with all the ministries and presented his case for serious
research on Noah's Ark. Their response was very positive and
he was assured that they would cooperate with him as much as
they could. Dave wanted to bring over sub-surface interface radar
and scan the site and Ron was assured he would receive the proper
Sub-Surface Interface Radar
This radar system would reveal any structure beneath the surface,
much like a cat scan. The radar can be tuned to various frequencies
which reflect various depths. Therefore, by scanning the same
area numerous times, each time using a different frequency, a
3-dimensional picture can be constructed. However, the radar
and an operator are very expensive to rent, and the idea of purchasing
a system was out of the question. But, it had to be the next
step. Excavation was still denied.
Red Tape, even in Turkey
A little less than a month later, Ron returned alone to Ankara
for more meetings, arranging for permits. Even employing the
metal detectors required a permit, and once the permit was issued
in Ankara, it had to then be taken to Agri, the capital of the
eastern region, where it was then processed. And this is where
many problems come up. Ankara is the head of the government,
but the regional governments like to think that they are,
in fact, the final word. Ankara is a very long way from Agri
and Dogubeyazit- if any problems arise with a permit in Agri,
it could mean many days of costly waiting and travel back to
Ankara, even then, without the assurance that the problem would
be solved. So Ron spent a lot of time in Ankara. He didn't want
any problems to arise- not now. Next...