the search for the original Ark is at best entertainment. The OT provides instructions on how to build the chest part of the Ark. If THE ark were important why tell everyone with a copy of the bible how to build one?
The Ark if used wisely and widely can have a positive impact on a nation state. The religious enthusiasm and speculation that surrounds this object is unfounded. There are literally 1000s of ark like objects working all over the globe today, just no one connects them with the biblical Ark even tho they look the same.
The Ark is a combination of two devices, the chest which is fully described in the OT but it does not have the operating instructions there ttbomk. this delivers almost unlimited energy to help people live in resource scarce environments.
The device that sits on the top of the Ark is not described fully in the OT only its properties. It is however made after Mo and his mates collect all of the ladies vanity mirrors together. This device delivers incredible power, able to fracture rocks, walls, light bushes, write in stone etc.. It is also known as the Shamir or Shkinah, it was ultimately used to cut the rocks of Solomons Temple if the biblical and Arab accounts are to be believed.
There is an article here that shows a picture of the ''Shamir worm'' and further details on the Ark. <[blog.world-mysteries.com];
For the full details on how to make a complete Ark with modern materials and the instructions needed to deliver the miracles of the OT see my short Ark of the Covenant Operations Manual [www.smashwords.com]
After reading this u will no longer worry about the location of the Ark but may wonder why it is not used more widely today and why there has been so much speculation surrounding it.