As this work on Noah approached publication, I considered saying something nice about Dr. Shea- a man that I have never met but with whom I have had several email interactions. While I have been limited to satellite images, he has had his boots on the ground in the region of the Lake Urmia basin multiple times and with profound results. The Lake Urmia basin is at the center of the epic biblical flood. After only a brief email interaction, I had found him most helpful, open minded, and gracious. This is not to say that he agrees with or endorses my findings.
Now, a few years later, I am ready to put my small and faintly burning candle out for all to see, and upon review, the efforts of Dr. Shea have had at least as much to do with the credibility of the Noah’s flood scenario herein as have my own.
After a bit of background research into this unique individual, I found that I am only one amongst many who have felt a need to express gratitude. I’ll sum up my thoughts by saying that Dr. William H. Shea, in my opinion, is a man after the Truth- a modern day Holy Man in a very real sense.
Of his work that has come to my attention, the sketches at the Durupinar Site in Turkey are the only ones that, as far as I know, are unpublished. The view of the Durupinar Site as shown below (the top of Figure A1) was from my early manuscript (Figure 3f) mailed to Dr. Shea. He then added the hand drawing below the image (bottom of Figure A1) and sent the two images back to me on a single sheet of paper via US mail.
In my low-resolution images of the site, only a few of the images drawn by Dr. Shea are faintly visible. He acquired other high-resolution images from which he produced his drawing. The site’s time of year or season seems important to the image’s clarity as well. While color images may be best, any greenery at the site may obstruct views of the site’s sketches.
The hand drawn image requires study and significant expertise in ancient language to completely understand. The writing is the earliest Proto Sinaitic Script found anywhere. This particular sample was found by Dr. Shea from his satellite view and is similar in appearance to writings he found at the Tatev Monastery and on Mt. Aragatz near Lake Qari. This particular image was drawn on a scale only visible from some altitude above the site. The images at the other sites are carved in stones on a small scale and are only a few square feet in size.
The named people shown outside the ark are Lamek (Lamech) and his two wives Adah and Zyllah. Lamech was of Cain’s lineage. They were not allowed to board the ship during the flood. It is reasonable to expect that they had helped Noah in many ways and were at the site of Noah’s shipyard as the flood began. Noah and his family were perhaps saddened as the ship’s door was closed knowing they would not survive.
One other observation: Noah’s sons were not allowed to have children until after the flood. The scene shows Noah’s sons separated from their wives by Noah and Noah’s wife- Noah’s wife being the most prominently sized woman’s head.
To view a sketch of one of the smaller scenes carved in stone go to http://dialogue.adventist.org/articles/17_3_shea_ep.htm .