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December 28, 2021

GPR Helps Archaeologists And Surveyors Make Astounding Discoveries

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In recent months, archaeologists and surveyors have made new discoveries, further developing our understanding of world history. For instance, Bible archaeologists claim to have found further proof of the existence of Noah’s Ark in the Turkish mountains; while closer to home, surveyors have been able to reveal what lies beneath Northampton’s 800-year-old town centre. Both finds are fascinating and have only been revealed because of the versatility and efficacy of GPR surveys. Ground-penetrating radar enables GPR surveyors to see what lies beneath the earth’s surface without needing to dig down or otherwise disturb the existing landscape.

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    Bible archaeologists have known about the giant ark shape on top of Mount Tendurek in the Turkish mountains for around 50 years. This site has long been thought to be the location of Noah’s Ark; and now, research teams from Turkey and the US believe that their initial 3D scans indicate a man-made object closely resembling the biblical descriptions of the vessel in the Book of Genesis.

    While geologists maintain that the object is simply a rock formation, Andrew Jones, the leader of the research team who has been searching for the Ark for many years, has countered that suggestion. He said that survey results don’t seem to correspond to a naturally formed accumulation of random debris from a mudflow, nor does it appear to be a solid block of rock. Rather, he stated, the results are more indicative of a man-made structure that matches the measurements of Noah’s Ark reported in the Bible.

    The Noah’s Ark Scans project revealed parallel lines and right angles below the surface, which the team says are not what you would typically expect to see with a natural and geologic formation. They also claim that the object’s length is almost exactly the same as the Ark’s length as cited in the Bible, at 150 metres (300 cubits in Biblical measurements).

    In the Bible, Noah’s Ark landed on Mount Ararat, which is now eastern Turkey.

    The formation was first spotted by Turkish army captain Ilhan Durupinar on the military’s aerial photos of the area in 1959. There was some international interest at the time, but also a great deal of scepticism. Most historians and geologists agree that the find cannot possibly be attributed to events in the Bible due to the modern understanding of the Earth’s age, human history and records we have from fossils.

    Christian scholars, however, are committed to hunting for evidence of the Ark, which was described to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 35 feet high in modern measurements. President of Doubting Thomas Research Foundation, Ryan Mauro, says that although the scientific consensus is that the Durupinar site is a geological oddity, the scans confirm not only the site of the Ark but the persistence of others in not accepting the truth.

    Compared to the limited data that was available decades ago, Mauro added that the new findings make it hard to dismiss the site as being a simple geological anomaly.

    Meanwhile, back in the UK, Northampton Forward Board Member and West Northamptonshire Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth, Lizzy Bowen is fascinated with what GPR surveys are capable of revealing.

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    Surveyors are working on a project to ‘see’ what lies underneath the 800-year-old market square in Northampton as part of an £8.44million regeneration project in 2022. Engineers and surveyors are using GPR and CCTV cameras to investigate and map the site.

    Bowen said that the survey would help give a clear understanding not only of what lies below the ground surface but also what’s possible in terms of future development of the Market Square.

    The lead designer of the project, Gillespies, will use the data and information gathered by GPR and CCTV surveys to start work on their detailed designs for the future of Square, which will also be informed by a consultation with locals in late 2019 and early 2020.

    There will also be further consultation with the people who use the market, work in it and have an interest in its future.

    Northampton’s Market Square was first established in 1189. It was paved 400 years later and then rebuilt in 1675 after the Great Fire of Northampton devastated the town centre, destroying around 600 buildings in as little as six hours. Local inhabitants at the time contributed a total of £25,000 to fund the rebuilding of the town based around the old Market Square.

    Nearly 450 years later, Northampton Forward has successfully bid for a proportion of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund to rejuvenate the area.

    It’s planned to survey the entire Market Square with GPR inch by inch, so some of the work will take place at night to avoid any unnecessary disruption to traders and events taking place in the daytime.

    The information gathered through the survey will be used to fine-tune the original designs, which will be submitted as part of the bid before the work begins in summer 2022. The plan is to complete the renovation project by the end of March 2024.

    Northampton Forward board member and Royal and Derngate Theatre’s chief executive Jo Gordon said that seeing the work getting started is exciting. She is looking forward to the results of the survey, which will serve as a good springboard to take the designs to the next level.

    GPR is widely used for a variety of purposes, including to conduct archaeological, geological and pre-construction investigations. It can help detect the presence of underground utilities and other structures, as well as the existence of sinkholes and other underground voids.

    The technology can also be utilised by environmental groups to see the impact of certain developments on local wildlife and habitats.

    GPR surveying is fast becoming an absolute must for any construction project. The technology enables trained and experienced GPR surveyors to detect most features below ground level that may interfere with the smooth running of construction, enabling advance planning to tackle obstacles and reduce delays.

    KB GPR Surveys is an independent and innovative market-leading GPR provider. Our years of experience ensures you get the best value for money from your investment in a GPR survey. We are efficient, professional and accurate, ensuring we use the appropriate tools from among our state-of-the-art inventory to achieve the best possible data in any given condition.

    Whether you need us for construction, investigation, archaeological, or demolition projects, our expertise is sure to prove beneficial to you. Visit our homepage at www.kbgprsurveys.co.uk today to learn more.

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