On Friday, July 7, 2006 the Sci Fi Channel (http://www.scifi.com) premiered a special titled “Quest for Atlantis: Startling New Secrets.” The two-hour documentary, hosted by the Today Show’s Natalie Morales, spotlighted two independent (and competing) searches for the legendary city ofAtlantis – one in the Mediterranean and the other in theCaribbean.
Naturally, I was most interested in the Caribbean research and since watching the special I’ve spent hours hunting down additional information about the primary explorers, Drs. Greg and Lora Little.
The Littles have spent a significant amount of time trying to reestablish the site known as Bimini Road as a legitimate archeological site. Soon after its initial discovery in 1968, Bimini Roadwas declared a hoax by several geologists and serious investigation of the place screeched to a halt. As Greg Little says in the Sci Fi special, undertaking a serious exploration of Bimini “would probably ruin your reputation.” Undeterred, the Littles and several associates have made several recent dive trips to Bimini Road (May, 2005; February, 2006 and June, 2006) and they’ve made some amazing discoveries that seem to establish, once and for all, that Bimini Road is man-made and NOT a naturally occurring geological feature. They also believe that it’s not a road at all, but a breakwater that once enclosed an ancient harbor. Download Dr. Greg Little’s 29-page monograph here.
For years, geologists that wished to discredit the Bimini site claimed that the giant rectangular slabs of limestone had fractured in place and were lying on the sand where they had formed. In February, with an NBC camera crew present, Greg Little demonstrated that the blocks are carefully positioned on several layers of other rectangular stones and in some cases wedge shaped stones had been driven under edges of the slabs to hold them in position!
Additional work by the Littles at Andros Island (110 miles from Bimini) and Cay Sal (near Cuba, 250 miles from Bimini) indicate that the maritime culture that once existed in the area was expansive. When combined with this blog’s previously reported finds on both sides of Cuba, in the Florida Keys and at the MEGA site itself, it’s easy to imagine a vast network of ports and harbors that may have served the then inland cities of the Olmec or their predecessors.
Unfortunately, when important discoveries like the true nature of Bimini’s “road” are wrapped up in claims of “the discovery of Atlantis,” many professional and lay readers smile and immediately think “crackpot!” I don’t understand why simply discovering a new and ancient civilization isn’t satisfaction enough! Who cares if it’s Atlantis? Who cares if Atlantis even existed? Let’s get on with the science of discovery and the mythology will take care of itself.
“Quest for Atlantis” will air again on July 11th at 3:00 pm, July 13th at 11:00 pm and July 14th at 6:00 pm. All times are PST. You can also check out the show’s Web page at: http://www.scifi.com/questforatlantis/