Information and speculation about MegaAmerica and the ancient maritime cultures of the Caribbean basin.
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This blog was originally conceived and created to facilitate discussions about a reported underwater archaeological site known as MEGA. If confirmed, that site alone would rewrite the history of human civilizations but new evidence now indicates that an ancient maritime culture may have flourished throughout the Caribbean and that MEGA is, at best, only a small part of the story.
In the summer of 2000, a team of researchers led by Paulina Zelitsky and Paul Weinzweig discovered what appeared to be the submerged ruins of an ancient city (the “lost city of Cuba”) which covered more than 7 square miles of ocean floor. The site, known as MEGA, lies just a few miles off the western tip Cuba (see image above) and is now more than 2,100 feet below the surface. Some experts believe the city might have been built on a land bridge that once connected Cuba to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and that this narrow strip of land collapsed due to a huge earthquake.
Some of the structures are reported to be more than 1,312 feet (400 meters) long by 131 feet (40 meters) wide and made from giant blocks of granite weighing several tons each. Other structures appear to be pyramids similar to those built by the mysterious Olmec civilization of Veracruz, Mexico. Still other structures are stone monoliths bearing symbols and inscriptions of an unknown origin. Dr. Manuel Iturralde-Vincent, a Cuban geologist who has studied side-scan sonar images of the structures, describes them as “megalithic elements protruding from the sea floor, with a very peculiar aspect and geometric shapes.”
If news of MEGA comes as a complete surprise to you, don’t feel alone. Aside from an initial article carried by the Reuters news agency in May of 2001, the story of this remarkable discovery has been largely untold until now.
As a result of new discoveries, the focus of this blog has been expanded to include the entire Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean basins, along with the islands of the Bahamas and the Lesser Antilles – an area I call MegaAmerica.
Some of the most interesting research in MegaAmerica is being done by Drs. Greg and Lora Little, of A.R.E., and William M (Bill) Donato, of A.P.E.X. Institute. These and a few others are actively working in the waters around Bimini and Andros Islands and with each expedition it becomes increasingly clear that sites such as Bimini Road, Proctor’s Road and the Andros Platform are not “naturally occurring beach rock” but are, in fact, the remnants of an ancient maritime culture that has yet to be acknowledged by mainstream archaeology. The first, verifiable, hard evidence may be brought to teh surface later this year (see Breaking News page) and it will change the history of the “New World” in a very dramatic way!
In entries on the The Blog page, I’ll try to keep you up to date with the latest from those who are actively pursuing the important research in the Bahamas and elsewhere. I invite you to join the blog and share your own thoughts as comments to my entries. Several of the entries are a direct result of email “tips” from readers just like you. If you’d prefer to contact me directly, I can be reached at rja (at) themegablog.com. I will never disclose your name or email address to anyone without your expressed, written permission.