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On many websites you can see the find of anchor stones which shall be part of Noahs boat.
After my personal research of this place and other places of this area I come to the conclusion that this is a misinterpretation. Please continue reading why I came to this conclusion.
On this foto you can see Ron Wyatt with white beard, the one who "discovered" the stones. He was the first who made the thesis that these are anchor stones.
This one stone object is huge and many similar stone has been found in a valley which in ancient times was called the "Valley of the eight".
In the little village of Sagliksuyu (former Azrab) you can find these stones which are belived to be anchor stones of the ark. You can reach the village only on a sand road. There are about 200 residents in this village which lays in the "Valley of the eight".
In the background you can see Mount Ararat.
It is belived, that they were used as ballast for the ark and lost at the end ot the journey. The hole was uses to put a robe through it to connect the stone with the boat. It is said, that all stone lies on a line which leads directly to the ark.
The Bible itself does not tell us anything about such anchor stones.
On this drawing you see the idea how the stones could has been fixed under the ark to give the boat better stability in the waves of the flood. It was tried out in a water tank and it was confirmed, that such a ballast was indeed usefull to prevent the boat to capsize in huge wave mountains.
But, only because you have proof that such hanging anchor stones would work and that it is possible to do it, it is no proof that in reality Noah actually uses them.
Here you can see Henri Nissen next to one of these stones. Henri Nissen is author of the book Noah's Ark Uncovered, where this picture comes from. In his book he gives us historical informations about the search for Noahs ark and explaines in detail the different findings.
The crosses on the stones reminds on crosses of the time of the crusades. But this is just assumption, it is not possible to date these signs.
In very few cases there are eight crosses, one larger than the others. Some stones are partly broken so that you can't see all crosses any more.
In the diashow below you can see pictures of stones I have found in the village. All with crosses, sometimes more and sometimes less than eight, and some also with this hole.
But it is intirely possible that I haven't found all of them :)
All in all I took pictures of 25 of these stones. Next to them are a huge amount of stones without such symbols.
Please read now my personal impression ot the sight and why I came to the conclusion, that these are not anchor stones of the ark.
We spoke with an old man who said he was former vice mayor of the village and he can remember the armenian church and graveyard which were build on this place.
The holes were made for transport because the stones come from a far away quarry.
In the picture you see on the left the vice mayor and on the right my good friend and companion on this journey, Ramazan Celebi.
Ramazan was a great help in organisation of the whole trip and also as translator.
Without him this journey would not have been possible for me. Many thanks to him at this place!
This picture gives us a total view of the sight. Virtually all stones are in a diameter of about 70 meter and very close to each other. There are only two stones in a more distance place.
If indeed these stones were cut off from Noahs boat or lost, they would have been landed on soft and muddy soil. These would be the conditions we can expect during the flood. But why are they just on the surface and fully be seen for thousands of years?
How could Noah practicly cut off these stones? He or one of his sons must have left the ark to dive some meters under the boat or he must have build a mechanism to do this job somehow; not to speak about the right time when to cut the stones off (he didn't know when the flood will end until the boat ran aground) and at the same time to lose stability because the stones where attached for this purpose and it was still a way to go.
And not to forget to be very fast in cutting these stones so they all lay very close to each other. This is impossible to manage.
Also, the stones are at least about 200 meters below the possible landing place of the ark. Because the waters were still about to descend and, if the stones were abrupt torn off because they hit the ground, it is to question, if this lenght of the ropes were possible and if these drug stones, an other name for these stones, were realy usefull for stabilisation with robes with a lenght of 200 meter. And if Noahs boat is to be found on top of Mount Ararat, this is even 3500 meter higher!
The crosses which were cut in the stones shall been made to remind on the eight persons on board of the ark. But how did these people get this information as there are no records in history about anchor stones of the ark; not even in the Bible.
My personal inspection brings me to the conclusion, that this is an armenian graveyard with gravestones on top of it and it has nothing to do with Noahs boat.
Not far from the village lies this sort of an petrified wood which is also no anchor stone.
It is believed by some, that this is part of the covering of the ark and the one Noah removed as he let the dove and the raven fly to see if there is dry land again.
The biblical report tells us a different story, because Noah only removed the covering after the ark rested and not on the way to the mountains of Ararat. As the finding and the possible landing place of the ark are in a distance of about 30 km to each other, it does not fit.
In the background you can see the village of Sagliksuyu.
"And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains fo Ararat." Genesis 8:4
"And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made." Genesis 8:6
The "stone" is very shapeless and you can't find any hint for the hypothesis that this was part of a window or covering.
My impression is, that this as well is an old gravestone.
But there are also other findings and confirmations which brings me to the conclusion that these are all gravestones:
Acording to a legend there was a monk named Jacob who climbed Mount Ararat in the 4. century to find Noahs ark. He found a piece of wood and assumed that this was from the ark. At the finding place on the northern part of the mountain he errected a monastery with the name Akori.
Also today you can find an armenian graveyard at this place. Both, the monastery and the nearby village has been destroyed by an earthquake on July 2nd in 1840.
Among these gravestones are such with holes and all have crosses carved on them, though they are more elaborate made than the stones in Sagliksuyu.
These stones are called Khachar, and this is the name of armenian Cross-stones, often with one big cross in the middle and four smaller crosses in each corner. You can find them all over Armenia and even in Jerusalem.
In the lake Van you find a small island, called Akdamar, were the build an armenian church about 1000 BC. This island is about 300 km west from Mount Ararat.
From interessest here is not the church but what's behind the building. There is an old armenian graveyard and the gravestones are made the same way as the one in the "Valley of the eight". The carved crosses are identicaly with the ones on the stones in Sagliksuyu. Here you have also often one bigger cross surrounded from smaller crosses.
If you take a look on all pictures with stones, not knowing where they come from, you would say they are all anchor stones from the "Valley of the eight".
On the left you see signs written on one of the gravestones in Sagliksuyu.
On the right in an inscription on the island of Akdamar in the armenian language from 1884 which shows the same typ of character. This is also a clear proof that the graveyard at Ararat has armenian roots.
The hypothesis, that people have known about the origin of the stones as anchor stones from Noahs ark and therefore put crosses on them, are of no value anymore.
Otherwise this people must have known also from the stones on this island to sign them. The "Anchor stones" must have been landed on this tiny little island, 300 km away from the other stones. Even more, this island most likely would not have been in existence at the end of the flood and at the time when Noah drove over. What a coincident there is an island today!
And why only a small amount of stones were "unloaded" and the rest at mount Ararat?
Here are similar characters on one of the stones at the armenian church.
Sadly I have no translation of these stones. If someone can pelp me with this, it would be much appreciated.
There is a place in Armenia, called Karahunj-Zorats Karen. Here you can find about 223 stones with nearly the same shape as the ones in Turkey. They are without crosses but 80 of them have a hole, similar to those holes in the stones in the village Sagliksuyu.
The reason why these stones were erected is unknown. Spekulations goes from a pagan cult to the idea that the holes in the stones were maybe drilled for astronomical observations.
It can well be, because there are also stones with holes but without crossen in Sagliksuyu, that in the first place they were used for the same, now unknown reason like the stones in Karahunj-Zorats Karen and only in later times became gravestones.
Another find shall be this gravestone with eight persons on it in a drawing. Most likely one of the four shown women were burried here. It was found next to the "Anchor stones" in the valley of the eight.
Sadly the grave was looted and the gravestone removed after it was made buplic. The extend of the pit were the coffin has been suggests, that the person burried at this sigth must have been about 3 m tall.
This is the only taken picture from the grave in his original condition. It was also taken by Ron Wyatt. But because of lack of physical proof it is not possible to confirm the above information.