What Is the Link Between Mount Ararat and Noah's Ark?

The Book of Genesis states that Noah's ark came to a rest after the Great Flood in the Mountains of Ararat, which are located in the southeastern Anatolia region of present-day Turkey. Some Christian believers are proponents of the theory that the remains of Noah's ark are the "Ararat anomaly" that has been photographed at the peak of Mount Ararat, which is the tallest mountain in Turkey and the Armenian plateau.

In 2010, a team of Chinese and Turkish explorers from Noah's Ark Ministry International claimed to have found the remains of the ark near the peak of Mount Ararat, about 4,000 feet above sea level. The group stated that radiocarbon-dated wood taken from the dig site proved that the remains were approximately 4,800 years old and could legitimately be Noah's ark.

Many scientific and biblical scholars are skeptical of claims from organizations such as Noah's Ark Ministry International. Scientific, archaeological and historical analysts point out that the mountain itself was not associated with the ark until the 10th century, that there is no geological evidence that implies a massive flood occurred 4,000 years ago in Turkey, and that the Bible only stated that the ark landed somewhere in Urartu. Urartu was an ancient kingdom that spanned most of eastern Turkey.