Embarking upon any journey of purpose always begins with having a set destination in mind. In trying to determine the fate of the lost Ark, an essential starting point would be knowing exactly what it is that one is looking for. Many intrepid explorers have looked to solve the whereabouts of missing biblical artefacts. But without having a clear image in mind about exactly what one is hoping to find, identification problems are likely to fog the way ahead, even from the very starting point of the journey. Accordingly, trying to gain a clearer understanding of what the Ark of the Covenant is, and is not, will hopefully provide a more enlightened trail to pursue. We intend updating our knowledge base whenever appropriate.