Thursday, August 04, 2005

On Sunken Megalithic Ruins

They exercise an irresistible appeal to imagination, and have the ability to excite the most arid minds: everybody loves a good mystery. Tales of lost cities have inspired expeditions, successful and doomed alike. These are myths that created temporary heroes like Schliemann and Fawcett, and were cursed by the families of those who ended up lost themselves.

An underwater 'finding' off the Western coast of the island of Cuba (see sonar pictures below) promises to deliver controversy to the very least.
Also, from we quote: "Among those who felt they had glimpsed the remains of a lost citadel in Cuban waters was Leicester Hemingway, brother of the writer Ernest Hemingway. During a flight into the country, Leicester noticed, beyond its northern coast, 'an expanse of stone ruins, several acres in area and apparently white, as if they were marble'. The exact location of these underwater features remains unclear."
Let's see what develops!

There are only a few savory samples of deep water unusuals out there: the most famous,
Bimini and Yonaguni (check and Graham Hancock's official website), may not count officially as ruins. They have been dismissed as 'geological accidents'. But there are some legitimate ones - Alexandria (Egypt), the Bay of Aboukir (Egypt), Lake Titicaca (Peru), Mahabalipuram (India), Gulf of Khambhat or Cambay (India again) and Gebel Gol-Bahar, off the coast of Sliema (Malta)... truly Graham Hancock's 'Underworld' (such is the title of his bestselling book on underwater megalithic ruins).

Thanks to Archeologists Jean-Yves Empereur (read
here his NOVA interview on the PBS website) and Franck Goddio, who patiently continue to bring to the surface the magic of stones carved in ancient times.


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