The world we live in appears to put us in front of countless mysteries. Our understanding of all the structures has become challenged through the finding of a simple map.
Unfortunately, time has not been able to help mankind decipher these enigmas.
Various archaeological sites around the world, among which the Bosnian Pyramids and Adam’s Calendar, force us into questioning every detail of their creation.
Although sustainable evidence found until this point seems enough, researchers started to doubt the existence of all man-made structures within the world.
The question coming to mind now, are we, in fact, responsible for all these architectural creations? We shall see.
Mystery of the Piri Reis Map
First of all, the belief that other cultures inhabited the world long before man still stands as a possibility. Maybe the first humans emerging from the Middle East around 4000BC, in fact, share no ties with the construction of these ancient sites.
One map dating back to 1513 is responsible for this. The Piri Reis has more to show. Its main focus was the western coast of Africa, eastern coast of South American and the northern side of Antarctica.
Estimated to have emerged around 1000BC along with the Babylonian clay tablets, the art of map making is a complex task.
Antarctica, for example, is known nowadays as one of these mysteries.
First discovered in 1820, science men date the formation of Antarctica at around 30-45 million years ago. During a Russian exploration, researchers discovered that ice caps cover all of its surface.
Based on this information, a general assumption is formed. That fact that all maps prior to 1820 should not, in fact, contain any sign of ice caps whatsoever.
The Piri Reis map outlines a different coastline. Referred to as the Queen Maud Land by several geologists and historians, this map actually portrays Antarctica.
But, the strange part comes only now. According to it, vegetation seemed to rule over the icy land we know today. Still, if the continent’s discovery took place in 1820, how could a 1513 map feature a different land?
Why were there no ice caps?
Overall, the pieces of the puzzle from the Piri Reis map remain a mystery. Professor Charles Hapgood believes it could demonstrate his theory. He thinks Antarctica remained unfrozen until 4000BC, and also that the Piri Reis map confirms his version.
Who are we to trust?
Even famous Albert Einstein‘s belief in this possibility lead him to write this foreword in one of Hapgood’s books. Written in 1953, he stated:
“His idea is original, of great simplicity, and – if it continues to prove itself – of great importance to everything that is related to the history of the Earth’s surface.”
We are sure about the authenticity of the geographic chart, but what about the sources that Piri Reis used? The author himself wrote that he used older charts, maps, and logs to draw this map. In Hapgood’s opinion, before the Library of Alexandria’s destruction, Piri Reis’s sources were transcribed many times over the years.
This opens a whole new point of view on our history. Some believe that maybe an ancient civilization had a technology so advanced, that they were able to go to Antarctica and map it, all this before it froze.
Thanks to the help of the United States Air Force, Hapgood was able to verify if the shape of the land drawn on the map was similar to how we know Antarctica today. The lack of ice caps on the continent remains in question.
The results of the analysis stunned researchers:
“…the geographical detail shown in the lower part of the map agrees very remarkably with the results of the seismic profile made across the top of the ice-cap by the Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition of 1949.
This indicates the coastline had been mapped before it was covered by the ice-cap.
The ice-cap in this region is now about a mile thick.
We have no idea how the data on this map can be reconciled with the supposed state of geographical knowledge in 1513.
Harold Z. Ohlmeyer
Lt. Colonel, USAF
Hancock, Graham. Fingerprints of the Gods: Canada: Anchor Canada, 2005
Maps Bring About New Theories
Now Hapgood’s theory brings new assumptions into the discussion. Maybe Antarctica’s location changed in time and back then it was closer to the equator than we may know. This could explain why the climate was tropical, thus, more similar to that of South America.
In his opinion, an unexpected deviation of the earth’s lithosphere would be a logical explanation for these events.
Who could have mapped the entire world, way before what we consider to be “ancient” civilizations? If Hapgood’s theory is true, it means that there existed an even more ancient civilization before 4000BC. Could they have had a technology so advanced, that allowed them to travel and create maps of the world, without getting lost?
So, did other civilizations live during that time? Can we trust professor Hapgood’s analysis of the Piri Reis map? And how was that map drawn?
Only time will tell.