One of the most intriguing of Earth’s mysteries is the placement of large pyramids all over the world, in every continent. By far, the most famous of these is the complex at Giza in Egypt. The Great Pyramid dates back some 4500 years and continues to puzzle experts who still don’t know for sure who built it and why.
Other pyramids dot the Yucatan plain in eastern Mexico. Still others have been found in many countries, from Australia to the United States.
But did you know that large stone pyramids have also been discovered underwater?
When divers first discovered the Yonaguni Monument off the coast of the southernmost of the Japanese Ryukyu Islands in 1986, skeptics scoffed at the notion that the massive step pyramid might be anything other than a completely natural formation. The rocky ruins sprawl over an area that measures 300 meters by 150 meters (984 feet by 492 feet).
The Yonaguni underwater site, which features a series of complex terraces and broad steps, must have been constructed 2,000 to 3,000 years ago when an earthquake sank the Japanese Atlantis, according to Masaaki Kimura, a marine geologist at the University of the Ryukyus who is an expert on the submerged locale:
“The largest structure looks like a complicated, monolithic, stepped pyramid that rises from a depth of 25 meters [82 feet].”
But wait, there’s more. In 1977, a 650-foot pyramid was photographed off Cay Sal in the Bahama Banks by an expedition headed by Arl Marshall. The ruins were located by Captian Don Henry who estimated that the central pyramid was “three hundred feet higher than the Pyramid of Cheops” in Giza, Egypt.
A separate group, led by Tony Benik, found an enormous pyramid submerged at a depth of 10,000 feet under the Atlantic Ocean. This structure featured a pulsating crystal on its top and other puzzling evidence:
“The group also found an opaque crystal tablet there, and reported that when a light was beamed through it, mysterious inscriptions became visible.”
In 1985, Alfred Conway, a treasure hunter from Vero Beach, Florida, spotted from an airplane the top of an undersea stair pyramid in the Bermuda Triangle. It measures approximately 30 feet tall with an 86-foot base on each side. Scientists say the last time this part of the continental shelf was not covered by water was from 10,000 B.C. and 6,000 B.C.
Thomas Chisholm, the salvage group’s archaeological consultant, called the discovery proof that our American forebearers were much more technologically advanced than previously thought and share cultural traits with ancients in other parts of the world:
“This discovery represents the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century because we can demonstrate a pyramid culture that predates the Near East and the New World.”
In 2013, a huge underwater pyramid was reported lying on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean between the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the Azores, about 930 miles off the west coast of Portugal and northern Africa. This pyramid is perfectly square and is aligned with the four cardinal points (north, south, east, and west).
This massive underwater pyramid is thought to date back an astonishing 20,000 years when glaciers from the most recent ice age melted. A sailor named Diocleciano Silva made the discovery. GPS readings indicate that the structure is 60 meters (197 feet) tall with a base that spans 8000 square meters (86,111 square feet). The tip was submerged only about 40 feet below the waves.
Two years after Silva’s accidental discovery in the Azores, in October 2015, two more undersea pyramids have been pinpointed at a depth of about 80 meters (262 feet), each about 120 meters (393 feet) in height with bases that occupy an area of 20,000 square meters (215,278 square feet).
Researchers have concluded that these structures are not natural – they are “artificial.” This means made by humans – or perhaps, by some as-yet-unknown, uber-advanced civilization?
Silva believes that his find may have been part of the lost city (or continent) of Atlantis.
The Greek philosopher Plato wrote in 360 BC that Atlantis was a naval force “lying across the Pillars of Hercules,” which are two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar – a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and the Spanish peninsula in Europe from Morocco in Africa.
According to Plato’s historical account, the Atlanteans conquered much of modern-day Western Europe and Africa 9,000 years before the famous lawgiver Solon of Athens, Greece. After a failed attempt to conquer Athens, Atlantis was destroyed by ocean swells “in a single day and night of misfortune.”
These archaeological finds – underwater pyramid complexes – defy mainstream theories about human origin and our planet’s history. Is that why these extraordinary stories seldom rate a media mention?
Many people love a good whodunnit. When considering the perplexing geometric formations that tower both on dry land and below sea level all around the globe, it is almost certain that more evidence will arise, as “amateurs” with no professional reputations to protect share their exciting discoveries with the rest of us. Perhaps someday we will know the answer to the brain teaser:
Who on earth built all these pyramids??