The Ark of Noah
|Published||New York, New York|
|Pages||xvii, 331 p.|
|Includes illustrations, charts, and photos|
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The Ark of Noah is the story behind one of the greatest archaeological finds of the century. Read either as an astonishing story of archaeological detection, or as an undeniable confirmation of the Old Testament account of Noah's Ark, this book is important beyond question.
David Fasold had become fascinated with the centuries-old mystery of Noah's Ark and decided to search for it himself. Heading one of the last teams allowed excavation rights in Turkey, he deduced the Ark landed not on Mount Ararat, as had been popularly thought, but on Mount Mahser Dagi (the Doomsday Mountain) some seventeen miles south of the traditional site.
An outlined structure had been uncovered on Mahser Dagi in a 1948 earthquake, but geologists had reckoned it to be a natural object. David Fasold's translations and interpretations of the Sumerian accounts of the Great Flood led him inexorably back to Mahser Dagi. He uncovered stone sculptures previously thought to be totem or steles dating from the proper period. In fact, these carved monoliths were deemed anchors from a seagoing craft—a craft Fasold determined to be the Ark of Noah.
Fasold's team ascended Mahser Dagi and found the remains of a boat whose dimensions exactly matched those given in Genesis. To his surprise, drilling samples revealed the boat to be made not of wood, as was commonly supposed, but of reed and pumice, and constructed using techniques historically coincident to Noah's time. After the discovery, Fasold's site was sealed off and officially declared the landing place of Noah's Ark by the Turkish government.
Filled with incontrovertible photographs of the actual Ark, as well as documents of the material analvsis, David Fasold's The Ark of Noah is a compelling and controversial addition to the world of popular archaeology.
David Fasold is a former merchant marine officer. Nearly two decades as a marine salvage expert provided him with the background and knowledge that proved indispensable to his later expeditions.
"The usual pattern for searches to take place only on Mount Ararat has been changed by the exploratory investigations of David Fasold."
"Fasold has dedicated years of his life and considerable personal funds to long explorations of the Ararat area, with the premise that Noah's Ark has already been found. The true Ark, he claims, was photographed from the air in 1948 when a mud slide uncovered a stone formation closely resembling a ship. This stone shape of a ship is not on Ararat but several miles away on a lower range.
"The dimensions of the ship are almost identical to the biblical description of the Ark. . . Fasold claims the stone form is a real ship, not fossilized but made of reeds covered with cement. As we now know, cement was used thousands of years before Rome in different parts of the Middle East.
"Here we have an example of advanced technology revealing history that has not been generally accepted as such, obscured up till now by the mists of legend and time."
from the introduction to The Ark of Noah
by Charles Berlitz, author of The Bermuda Triangle
In an attempt to establish the origin of modern man and the seed that has germinated into the flourishing of civilizations, the archaeologist has lifted his brush from the sands of time to paint a portrait of the ancient Near East splashed with colors of enlightenment. For his devoted labors in illuminating these areas of understanding, we are grateful. But it remains a painting poorly executed, for the artists of anthropology have not yet succeeded in producing within that balance of shadow and light any expression of harmony that allows the viewer to envision from whence he came.
This painting remains muddled by a modern-day myth that the legends burned into the memories of the ancients and impressed onto tablets of clay were not actual records of an historical event. Thus the historians have failed to reclaim from obscurity that dark “land of the crossings" from which the settlers have come, survivors of an advanced culture that was cleaved by an event of such catastrophic proportions as to literally divide history and the development of man into a new age. This experience of an overwhelming deluge still remains as the most solemn and awesome recollection of the human race.
My portrayal, then, is the fertile crescent born anew, a rejuvenation of civilization reawakened from a slumber of the dead by the descendants of this past age, borne upon the survival ship that traversed the eras in a voyage of circumstance and necessity, the descendants of Noah and progenitors of modern man. In the attempt to retrace our ancestors' footsteps to the door of the Ark itself, however attractive such a mission might appear, I have failed to interest the academic community at large in participating. Understandably, such a proposal raises serious doubts. But when an invitation is extended to view the tangible remains of the antediluvian vessel high upon the mountains of Urartu, the response of science should be investigation pure and simple, not ridicule and scorn.
Perhaps reluctance on their part is the only safe ground, for should this prove to be the most controversial artifact ever recorded, the legend is exonerated and the biblical Flood is true. Even their high towers of “qualifications" will not save them from the deluge of error.
Does the theory that man has come from the lowest depths of humanity to his present elevated position have validity? Is it time for the history of man to be rewritten, this time with more foundation and truth?
Or is it time to return to the original accounts, and read them with the seriousness they deserve?
For those who have always believed, I claim no discovery and my story is of little classical value or scholarly merit. But it is my hope that it will be greeted as representing the first confrontation with a startling new body of evidence and a sense of what the discovery has meant to those explorers who experienced it.
To those for whom a devotion to truth and understanding bring a spark of life . . . welcome aboard the mother ship of mankind, built to bridge two worlds, which rode upon that cataclysm of old and bore us to our new beginnings.
Table of Contents
- Introduction by Charles Berlitz
- Boat on the Mountain
- The Deluge Revised
- The Antediluvians
- Return to the Ark
- Field Surveys
- The Ark's Reliquary
- The Riddle of Five by Two
- The Lost Expedition
- Reconstructing the Ark
- The Ark Revealed at Last