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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ancient Underwater City in the Caribbean

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.


jo oliver said...


jo oliver said...

Sorry hit enter too soon. Fascinating reading, but you didn't have to bust my Atlantis bubble:) lol.

I hope you are doing well. I miss you:)

Carl said...

Hi..this is wonderful! I have not heard of it although i have spent some time in the caribean. Will they be turning it over to the French Goverment or Dutch??

Ratty said...

I always jump at the chance of reading about things like this. Somebody always speculates that it might be Atlantis. I think that's what gets me interested, but the idea of any lost civilization found underwater is fascinating.

Caroline said...

I have never understood why “non-believers” almost panic to insist and bully “believers” that there isn’t an Atlantis, Nessie, Big foot , Bermuda Triangle even ghosts etc … To what point? Mythology and legends are as old as time, so why now if some conceited git announces that it’s most definitely unlikely that so and so thing existed, that we are all to jump on his bandwagon? Grr!

Sorry, rant over- great food for thought post as always.
With love Caroline x

P.s Do you really delete "nice post" comments?!! Crikey, I can't get enough of them (wink,wink)

John | Daily Photo said...

This looks fascinating. It's interesting to see how grid-like it looks.

I feel inspired to explore with Google earth to see what I can discover!

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