Portal to Maya Underworld Found in Mexico?

Here’s an interesting article from National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/080822-maya-maze.html

But, as usual, the “traditional” archaeologists make some really DUMB assumptions! Not only can they not agree on which came first – the Maya legends about an underworld or the caves of the Yucatan – but near the end of the article is the following statement:

Saturno said the discovery of the temples underwater indicates the significant effort the Maya put into creating these portals. In addition to plunging deep into the forest to reach the cave openings, Maya builders would have had to hold their breath and dive underwater to build some of the shrines and pyramids.

So does this guy (“a Maya expert”) really think the Maya could hold their breath long enough (or had scuba technology) to do underwater construction?  Isn’t it possible that the water was just lower back then? DUH!

Obviously, the reason the academics won’t even discuss lower water levels is because then they would have to conceed that many ancient (and as yet undiscovered) cultures may have vanished due to rising sea levels. Since the peak of the last ice age, about 18,000 years ago, the oceans have risen 390 feet, swallowing up millions of square miles of what used to be “prime waterfront property” – exactly where ancient cultures would have settled. Today, if the oceans rose just 30 feet (less than 10% of the ice age rise) 634 million people would be displaced and every costal city on earth would be underwater!

Everything archaeology “knows” is based on a poorly done examination of less than 30% of the planet – that part that sticks out of the water! Maybe it’s time they got their feet wet.

Update on Bimini Research

After a great deal of anticipation about last year’s Ancient Mysteries Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia, information about the ongoing research in the Bahamas seems to have vaporized. In fact, after his three-part “teaser” that lead up to the 2007 conference, Dr. Greg Little didn’t publish a word about the Bahamas in his online Alternate Perceptions Magazine until the June, 2008 issue. In a paragraph titled Bimini Expedition Yields Compelling Evidence of Two Ancient Harbors, Little brings us up to date on the latest theories about two underwater megalithic features: Bimini Road and Paradise Point Pier. Little also briefly mentions a May, 2008 expedition that will be featured in two History Channel documentaries later this year.

For the full story, see: http://www.mysterious-america.net/news2008areconfe.html

The Littles will speak again this year at the October 9-12 Ancient Mysteries Conference along with Andrew Collins, Michael Faught, John Van Auken, James Mullaney and the recently booked Zechariah Sitchin.

Conference information and registration is available at: https://commerce.solutrix.com/ARE/ARESecure/conf_registerHQ81001.html

Did Humans Colonize the World by Boat?

An article in the most recent issue of Andy Burnham’s Megalithic Portal (www.megalithic.co.uk) caught my interest and I thought I’d pass it along because of its connection to the search for ancient civilizations.

“As one of the world’s leading authorities on ancient seafaring, Jon Erlandson has devoted much of his career to hunting down evidence of ancient human migrations, searching for something most archaeologists long thought a figment: Ice Age mariners.

The little ‘tree’ in my hand is a dart head fashioned from creamy-brown chert and bristling with tiny barbs designed to lodge in the flesh of marine prey. Erlandson recently collected dozens of these points from San Miguel Island, a scrap of land 27 miles off the coast of California. Radiocarbon dating of marine shells and burned twigs at the site shows that humans landed on San Miguel at least 12,000 years ago, and the dart head in my hand holds clues to the ancestry of those seafarers.

To read the entire article and access a link to much more information in Discover Magazine, check out:http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=2146413496

One of my favorite quotes is found in a comment to the original article:

“There is no question in almost all archaeological minds that the earliest examples of North American occupation are underwater,” said Dave Watters, curator and head of anthropology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. “There’s been a lot of discussion, but not a lot of research because you can spend a lot of time looking for something and not ever find it.”

Is the Search Really Over?

The following comments from Dr. Greg Little were posted on the Atlantis Online message board titled “The A.R.E.’s 2008 Search for Atlantis.”

(see http://atlantisonline.smfforfree2.com/index.php/topic,6611.0.html)

These comments relate to earlier papers published by Little on the Internet and many have been reproduced elsewhere on in this blog. For me – and probably for this blog – the most significant portion of the dialog that follows is in the third paragraph from the end, where Dr. Little says, “We have no intention of doing anything else at Bimini, all we can do there has been done already.”

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What we know is this: the boat on the Great Bahama Bank is from the 1600s and the wall at Joulters is a complete mystery. We have expended all the time we will on trying to gather more info on the wall at Joulters. We may eventually try to dig out some portions to see exactly how far down it extends and goes. Two of the planes we found are planes reportedly lost in the Bermuda Triangle…the second one was identified in October. The marble temple ruins we found at Bimini are supposedly the cargo of a ship from 1823 BUT we discovered that this sits on top of the long-sought-after Phoenician ship that was reported discovered in 1970 or so. The Phoenician ship was found (or allegedly found) by several of the early 1970s people who investigated Bimini. An old “In Search Of” episode was the final piece of evidence we needed. But I don’t think anyone ever verified that it was really Phoenician. We discovered this fact with Andrew Collins the night we left for the conference at Virginia Beach back in October, but we have not yet publicly released that bit of interesting info. At the least, we ran down the source of the Phoenician ship discovered at Bimini and now have the precise location. I have no idea how they determined it was Phoenician, but that’s what they seemed to surmise from its size, shape, etc. We have no further plans regarding the marble or the ships. Plus, we processed all of the underwater photos of the rectangular formations on the bottom about 5 miles off Bimini in 90-feet of water. These were initially found in the side-scan project Bill Donato did back in Nov. 06. The photos were converted to b/w and the contrast and brightness enhanced. The rectangular formations are all deeply encrusted with coral, but seem to be formed with small building blocks neatly stacked. Corners are visible as are layers of stone. These seem to be the remains of small stone buildings that were at an elevated shoreline in 10,000 BC. I have now spoken to a well-known mainstream archaeologist about these and am trying to arrange a professional excavation conducted by a university-based archaeology group that is completely impartial. I initially had no idea if it would come about. But now I think it will.

Another large ARE side-scan sonar/sub-bottom profiling project will be done in February at Bimini. It will investigate some deep stone anomalies and look at the descending wall of the Gulf Stream at 300-feet in an area that Dr. Joan Hanley identified about a decade ago.

The ARE completed a huge side-scan sonar & sub-bottom profiling project at Bimini in the summer. It went over many of the areas Bill did back in 2006 but covered about 3x the total area Bill did. It found only one anomaly, the one that will be tested in Feb 08.

As to plans, we have been actively testing various boats and are going to buy one sufficient to do what we need. We have been to various boat shows and to marinas in Florida, Virginia and Georgia looking for what we need. It is not as easy as it sounds. We have no intention of doing anything else at Bimini, all we can do there has been done already.

Our first order of business is to do an extended aerial survey over the next portion of the Great Bahama Bank and identify the locations of potential targets. That will be in late January or early Feb.  But we intend to spend about a week in central Andros immediately after the aerial survey. We also have made tentative plans to go to the
Canary islands but there are just so much time.

I am now completing our next documentary which has realistic
reenactments of Cayce giving some of the important Atlantis readings and then show what has been found. This has already been filmed and came out very well.

So here’s the question of the day: Will someone else pick up the search for the ancient maritime culture(s) of the Caribbean or is it really GAME OVER?

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

You’ve probably noticed that there haven’t been any new posts here for quite a while. Part of the reason is that I’ve been busy finishing up the third (and last) novel in my Seeds of Civilization series and I’m happy to report that I completed that project on December 31st! The other reason is that there just hasn’t been any news relating to the search for ancient maritime cultures in MegaAmerica.

I did run across one interesting story about a month ago and I guess I’ll have to dig it out of my Pending file until something new comes in from Bill Donato or Greg and Lora Little. I’ve emailed Greg for a post-conference follow-up and I know Bill has some really interesting side-scan sonar images taken near Bimini, but so far I have nothing I can report on.

On December 17th, National Geographic News (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/) ran a story by Brian Handwerk titled Bahamas “Blue Hole” Yields Pre-Human Fossil Treasures. Naturally, the title caught my attention and it includes some facts that may support the work being done by Donato and the Littles.

The Bahamas are home to a large number of underwater cave systems called blue holes and many of them have never been explored. The NG article focuses on one particular site, known as Sawmill Sink, where the National Museum of the Bahamas has been recovering some remarkable fossils, including the remains of extinct species of lizards, snakes, bats, birds and plants. They’ve even found human remains that are more than a thousand years old!

Sawmill Sink, like many of the other blue hole sites, was once a dry cave system that flooded when the seas rose at the end of the last ice age. Many blue holes in the Bahamas contain stalagmites and stalactites, features than can only develop above the surface. If the sea levels rose approximately 10,000 years ago, MegaAmerica’s blue holes may soon provide clues to what – and who – inhabited the area in ancient times.

Good Science, Bad Science and the Bahamas

Several years ago, and long before this blog, I ran across a couple of on-line articles by a Dutch professor named Dr. Zweistra that I liked so much I printed them out and filed them away in my “stuff to keep” folder. About a year ago I wanted to include the articles in a blog post I was working on but when I went back to the original Web site I found that it was now password protected. I contacted the University of Leiden (Netherlands) last January and five months later I finally received a reply that basically said, “Sorry, but we can’t help you.”

Last month blog member “SandRock” asked why a specific Greg Little article wasn’t included in my list, so I gave him the background information above. The Little article mentions and quotes Dr. Zweistra but, unfortunately, none of the links at the end work due to the password problem so I chose to omit it rather than create reader confusion.

Luckily for us all, SandRock’s brother happened to be a student at the very same University of Leidenand he helped track down the new location of Dr. Z’s articles, which I’ve listed below.

Thank you member SandRock!

P.S. After you read Dr. Z’s Editorial Page and Dr. L’s article, you’ll understand the title of this post.


Dr. Zweistra’s new site: http://www.altarcheologie.nl/

Dr. Little’s article: http://www.edgarcayce.org/am/leidenunivevaluat.html

200,000-Year-Old Sailors?

An article in the July/August (2007) issue of Minerva Magazine places the origins of village life and sea travel as far back as 200,000 to 400,000 years before present (BP).

Professor Helmut Ziegert, an archaeologist at Hamburg University, has been conducting surveys and excavations for 39 years and he’s convinced that evidence from sites in Libya and Ethiopia will move the initial appearance of human civilization from 10,500 year BP back to at least 200,000 years BP and maybe well before that!

Ziegert, an archaeologist, has identified a total of 37 Lower Paleolithic sites from China to Germany that he claims support his revolutionary theory. If he’s right, the suspected ancient maritime cultures of the Caribbean and the South Pacific become much less of a mystery, given the extra 190,000 years they may have had to develop!

Read the entire Minerva article at: http://minervamagazine.com/news.asp?min_issue=JUL_AUG2007#0

The New Yonaguni

Masaaki Kimura

For a couple of weeks now, various media outlets have been running a story about the Yonaguni monument based on information from Masaaki Kimura, a professor at Ryukyu University. Kimura claims to be “on the verge” of proving that the underwater megalithic feature was the foundation of a castle built in the middle of a city that was sunk by an earthquake 3,000 years ago. That would make the site at least 7,000 years newer than previously thought! The new theory first appeared on the Reuters News Service HERE but let’s examine what we really know about Yonaguni.

First of all, the underwater feature was actually discovered by Kihachiro Aratake, a local dive operator who was scouting for new sites. This fact is overlooked in every one of the recent articles I’ve read, which credit the discovery to “scuba diving tourists.” Aratake was – and still is – a dive operator on Yonaguni Island and he made his amazing discovery in 1985, 1986, 1987 or 1988, depending which source you read. Even Graham Hancock cites two different years: 1987 in Heaven’s Mirror (Three Rivers Press, 1998) and 1986 in Underworld (Crown Publishers, 2002). Regardless of the exact year, Dive Master Aratake deserves a nod anytime the Yonaguni monument is mentioned.

According to the most recent version of his findings, Professor Kimura now believes that the Yonaguni megalith was once part of a castle in the center of a city that also included a castle, a shrine, an arch, statues and a coliseum. “Judging by the design and disposition of the ruins,” he is quoted as saying, “the city must have looked just like an ancient Roman city. I can envisage a triumphal arch-like statue stood on the left side of the Coliseum and a shrine over the hill.” Kimura claims the city was sunk by an earthquake 3,000 years ago. At least that’s what he says today. Remember that the megalith was at the center of a city that was destroyed by an earthquake – we’ll come back to this later.

In 2002, Kimura was interviewed by Morien Institute through a series of emailed questions and answers. You can read the entire article HERE but the last two questions warrant some discussion.

When asked about evidence that the Yonaguni monument was once above sea level, Kimura responded, “When it comes to evidence that Iseki Point [the site of the monument] was once well above sea-level, the Yonaguni ‘sea-floor stalactite cavern‘ has been studied by me with scientific methods and now put this fact beyond dispute.”

When asked about the age of the monument, he replied, “After studying the No 1 monument at Yonaguni for more than 10 years, the structure may have been manufactured in the dry air about 10 thousand years ago based on such evidence as age determinations of the stalactite in the underwater caverns, and of the No.1 monument using 14C and 10Be methods.” [14c and 10Be are scientific dating methods and Kimura mentions the ten thousand year age several times during the interview]

Before reading on, you might want to check out the underwater site for yourself. A Google search for the exact phrase “Yonaguni photos” yields 62 hits and many of the pictures posted on the Internet are remarkable.  Below this post are some photographs that you should check out before continuing.

Now that you’ve seen the site first-hand (well, technically, second-hand) I remind you of Kimura’s claim that the structure was once at the center of a city that was sunk by an earthquake. Did you see, in a single photograph, the kind of rubble you would expect to find if an entire city had been destroyed? Quite the contrary! The smooth, sandy bottom is conspicuously devoid of rocks, boulders and debris. The picture I added to the gallery was taken by professional underwater photographer Danielle Caceres-Bricheno earlier this year (2007) when she explored the site with Aratake and she says, “There is nothing that looks like it was affected by an earth quake at all.” More of her incredible Yonaguni photos are online HERE.

Although I couldn’t find any photographs of the stalactite cavern Kimura claims to have studied, I seriously doubt if the stalactites would have been worthy of much study if they had been through an earthquake large enough to sink an entire city. No, I think Graham Hancock’s original scenario – that the site was submerged by rising sea levels – is much more likely to explain the physical evidence. It also explains the well-preserved stalactite and stalagmite caves of the Bahamas, and the massive complex beneath the island of Cozumel. The real question seems to be why did Kimura revise his thinking and move the submergence of the Yonaguni monument 7,000 years into the future? None of the available interviews (see YouTube interview HERE) mention his “old” theory or ask why he’s changed his mind. However, the new theory certainly fits the academic view of history much better than his old theory did.

[Footnote: Tsubute, the second novel in my Seeds of Civilization series takes place almost entirely on the island of Yonaguni and suggests an entirely different origin and purpose for the monument, but at least I tell my readers my story is fiction! Et tu, Kimura?]

New Discoveries in the Bahamas (Part 3 of 3)

Dr.Greg Little’s third report details the discovery of “Joulter’s Wall” – a stone wall found in shallow water off a deserted island seven miles north of Andros. Little and his team spent four days filming the wall and exploring the surrounding islands, known as the Joulter Cays.

In Dr.Greg Little’s words:

“The wall itself is actually located in a small, narrow bay between what appears to be two islands. The bay is 3-7-feet deep, depending on the tide, and has sharks coming in at high tide. From the bay, the wall extends diagonally away from the two islands into water that is one-to-four feet deep ending where sandbars are located and the bottom is barely covered by water. About two miles further, through this shallow water, is the [6,000-foot] deep Tongue of the Ocean.”

Describing the wall, he reports:

“The wall is primarily made from square and rectangular limestone blocks that range in length from 3-6-feet, a width of 2-3-feet, and a thickness of 6-inches to 3-feet—with some blocks far larger. The blocks are obviously cut and roughly dressed and rough tool marks are clearly visible on many. There are some smaller, cube-like stones, about a foot square, occasionally found in portions of the intact wall and in places on the bottom. One area of the wall remains fairly intact and is found in water about 6-feet deep. Brushing the sandy bottom underneath the lowest tier of stones revealed more limestone blocks under the visible portion. How far down it extends is unknown. This section of the wall runs approximately 30-feet long and is formed by the massive blocks stacked on top of each other with 2-3 vertical layers of blocks visible.”

On the nearby island, Little’s team discovered two small dams possibly used as fish traps. Although Bahamian fishermen claim they’ve never used traps, Little suggests that they look very similar to those commonly used by the Maya.

The complete article is available at:


Don’t forget that The Littles will be presenting the full results of the 2006-2007 Bimini and Andros expeditions at the Annual Ancient Mysteries Conference in Virginia Beach, VA on October 6, 2007.

Digging for the Truth

The History Channel launches the fourth season of its Digging for the Truth series on Monday, September 3, 2007 at 9 PM (8 Central) with an episode about the Chachapoya, a band of warriors who preceded the Inca by five hundred years and built a giant stone monument three times the size ofEgypt’s largest pyramid.

On September 17th the series will air an episode titled Kings of the Stone Age focusing on the Olmec – the most mysterious culture of theAmericas.

Although new episodes air on Mondays at 9PM (8/C), they are repeated several times throughout the week. See the series Web site at http://www.history.com/minisite.do?content_type=mini_home&mini_id=1337 for more details.

P.S. If you know of upcoming TV shows that are relevant to the topics covered inThe Mega Blog, please drop me a line (rja@TheMegaBlog.com) and I’ll get the word out to our growing subscriber list. If there’s enough interest, I’ll consider making the list a regular feature of the site. (Thanks to George E for his continued updates)