Because the north and western region is closed, it is virtually unexplored. Gurzadyan and Aarseth say they also stumbled across the remains of a 5th or 6th century Armenian basilica previously unknown. Another article about Mackenzie, with a nifty Turkish hill fort in the picture. Also, former astronaut James Irwin led several expeditions to Ararat in the 1980s. In 1982, he made it to the top of the mountain, but fell and was injured on the descent. In 1986, he was detained by Turkish police, because of allegations that he engaged in espionage. Like others, he found no tangible evidence of the Ark.
Scottish explorer goes missing on Mt. Ararat . New impact crater found on Ararat? Sorry, this is NOT the Ark you're looking for.