I've never set my
sites sights on studying nautical archaeology, but I've always had interest in lost cities, and of course, Atlantis. However, I was really surprised that I missed this story of an underground city found in the Caribbean pre-dating the Egyptian pyramids, at Giza. I might have briefly seen a snippet in the news, but I was thrilled once again to have stumbled upon this discovery.
The site was found last year using satellite imagery, and the project's leader has chosen to be left anonymous. I can understand their concern.
Many researchers, scientists, and archaeologists believe that people that embark on sites like this, with hopes of discovering something evolutionary, usually have their hopes crushed. In most cases it's because of funding, and simply because many private investors and treasure seekers are weary about projects that can take years to complete.
In the case of this particular civilization, parties involved have said:
“You have to be careful working with satellite images in such a location,” the project’s principle researcher said, “The digital matrix sometimes misinterprets its data, and shows ruins as solid masses. The thing is, we’ve found structure – what appears to be a tall, narrow pyramid; large platform structures with small buildings on them; we’ve even found standing parallel post and beam construction in the rubble of what appears to be a fallen building. You can’t have post and beam without human involvement.”
The parties involved don't, however, think this is Atlantis. In fact, they don't believe it ever existed. What they do know is that they plan to conduct a massive mapping and research expedition, to learn as much as possible about who these people were, before turning the site over to the Caribbean island’s home government.
Even before I began my education in anthropology and archaeology, I had read several books on theory and method, as well as researched diver...
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Saturday, April 24, 2010
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