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Since the end of 2007 Google Earth offers image data of DigitalGlobe for the Mount Cudi area in an impressive resolution. Now I put the pieces of the puzzle together  and they fit perfectly! The panoramic picture of Gertrude Bell and the Sefina image of the Kurdish photographers seem to be taken from the same position.

Based on the mountain ranges in the background, I have assembled the two photographs of the ruins at the summit into the panoramic picture from 1909: They seem to fit together.

Comparing the »view« with Google Earth, only one of the three summits is possible: 37.3670N, 42.4951E.

Looking north: the structures of the mountain seem to concur.

p>Also the look to the west fits.

And there should we are able to find the ruins. Indeed: The piece of wall from the HPG photo could be at 37.3659N, 42.4951E, looking northeast.

The ruin from the photo of the Kurdish freedom fighter? Surrounding rock formations and the direction fit the picture.

The picture with the three men was taken from the northwestern side of the ruins, as detected on the snow field in the background.

Very interesting are the fine lines and wells, that could be seen in the vicinity of the Summit. Both Bell and Bender mention a water tank: 37.3661N, 42.4956E, and perhaps 37.3648N, 42.4959E. Gertrude Bell mentions outlines of a former monastery. Could these outlines look like a ship? 37.3654N, 42.4933E!

The most interesting structures: 1) the ruins of Gertrude Bell (maybe not, edited 2013), 2) the piece of wall from the HPG album, 3) alleged foundation walls of an ancient monastery in the shape of a ship.

On the slope of the summit, at about 1700 meters height and 3000 meters north of the village Karacaköy (Google Earth name, "Bender wrote Kericulya") Friedrich Bender must have found his piece of wood. The landscape fits with his description.

There is another peak on Mount Cudi, it is located 5.5 km northwest of Sefinah and it has, at first glance, the shape of a ship's hull. There also seem to be many man-made structures. I do not know whether that are ancient ruins or hidings of Kurdish PKK fighters.

Another summit of Cudi looks also interesting: 37.3913N, 42.4405E.


A detailed investigation on the ground would be really desirable after this surprisingly virtual findings. However  this fate the Cudi Mountain has in common with other major archaeological sites such as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Morija), or Ur, Nineveh and Babylon in present-day Iraq  political conflicts prevent a more detailed investigation probably in the next few years, or even decades. There is nothing else left, as to discover, investigate and pilgrimage virtually: Google Earth is a fascinating tool for this. My book »Bible Earth« (only available in German) provides almost 200 coordinates and many archaeological informations for a journey into the world of the Bible at a computer. And I myself will have to investigate a few other places: the ancient traditions tell about the grave of Noah, an altar and a vineyard. Let us see what the future will offer ...

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