Abas family (although Abas is an extremely common name
in the entire region and natives are apt to easily claim a name if it will benefit them financially).
IF Ed Davis really saw Noah's Ark and IF any of the
other alleged eyewitnesses really saw Noah's Ark, Ed was probably on the same mountain as they were, which
must have been Turkish Mount Ararat since that is where the other alleged eyewitnesses saw something.
In 2001, Richard Bright and David Larsen met a shepherd
family dwelling in a small “village” deep in the foothills of the south side of Ararat. Their surname was
Abas. I asked them if any of their family had lived in Iran during WWII and they laughed. They claimed that the
main portion of their clan lived in Northwest Iran and they identified Iran as their homeland, as well as
Mt. Ararat. They showed us the remains of a four-room schoolhouse that the military had bombed and destroyed.
I asked if there had ever been vineyards or grapevines in the area (it took a bit of translating to
get the understanding of “grapes” through our translator) and they said that “years before” there had been large
grapevines, but they were now all destroyed. Our translator (knowing nothing of the Ed Davis account)
told me that he had been in a large cave in the Ahora Gorge earlier that summer, and it smelled “very bad.” He
had a hard time coming up with a description of the smell. I asked him if it smelled like “rotten eggs” and
he got animated. “Yes,” he said, “like rotten eggs or rotten food.” My guess would be sulfur. This was
something the translator volunteered without any prompting or questions regarding the smell of sulfur on the
The Abas family shepherds told us that their father had
visited the remains of Noah’s Ark—and they pointed up the southeast side of the mountain to the “ark area.”
Their father had forbidden them to try and find it because he said, “If the ark is revealed to the world,
the world will end.” They eventually agreed to take us up to around 14,000 feet but they would go no further—nor
would they help us search. According to Ed Davis, the shepherds told him that the ark was only visible
“once in a great while”--maybe every 20 years or so.