are aware that a full-size, Mayan-like ziggurat pyramid was once on
the island of Tonga-tabu, that stepped ceremonial platforms still
dot the Marianna and Marquesas Islands, that Tonga is home to an enigmatic
megalithic archway, that the Komowin Wall of New Zealand is actually
a ziggurat pyramid, that Nan Modol is the Venice of the Pacific, and
that the undecipherable 'talking boards' of Easter Island are most similar
to texts found in the ancient Indus Valley. These are but a few of hundreds
of archaeological mysteries and uncanny cultural connections to
be found in and around the South Pacific realm.The mysteries of the
South Pacific have been kept secret due in part to their isolated locations.
Only in recent years has travel to such remote places been feasible
and affordable. Yet, despite modern travel conveniences, precious
few archaeologists have ventured into this unexplored realm of mystery
and intrigue; and the islands of the South Pacific still remain
keepers of an ancient knowledge.
is still much conventional archaeology to be done in the South Pacific.
Certainly sites should be excavated, surveyed, mapped, and dated.
However, following the premise offered by modern paleo-climatological
truths, there is another approach to South Pacific island research that
has never been tried - underwater archaeology.
now conclusively know that world-wide sea levels were as much as 500
feet lower during the glacial maximum of 12,000 BC. If there were
civilizations, and the evidence indicates there were, living on the
South Pacific islands at such a time, their remains may lie just
below the surface of the water. The mysterious origins of humanity may
be old news to the sea mammals and fish of the South Pacific reefs and
The Untold Mysteries
of Easter Island
Few people are aware of the real history of
Captain Roggeveen of the Dutch West Indian Company first landed on Easter
Island in 1722, isolated in the deep Pacific, he found two populations
of people - a red-haired, fair-skinned people with long-ears, and a
darker Polynesian stock with smaller ears. According to their oral tradition,
the fair-skinned people had first populated the island long ago, long
before the arrival of the Polynesians. The 'Long Ears' oral tradition
explained the they had inhabited the island prior to a devastating flood.
At that time, Easter Island had been considerably larger they said.
When the ocean waters continued to rise, the few Longs Ears who survived
the deluge sought refuge on the mountain tops which became the island
of Rapa Nui, or the 'Navel of the World'.
was here they began to sculpt the Giant Heads or 'Moai' in dedication
to their perished relatives and ancestors who died in the flood.
ancient ruins lie off Easter Island's shoreline, waiting to be located
by underwater archaeologists?
Brazil, a distinguished professor of anthropology at Sao Paulo University,
Dr. Walter Neves, has made some startling revelations. An ancient skeleton
he has been studying named 'Luzia' resembles the ancient people of the
South Pacific and Australia. He believes these ancient people immigrated
across the South Pacific during the last ice age, when the sea levels
Walter Neves' skeletons explain the similarities between Easter Island
and the ancient Inca culture? Were the ancient 'Long-ears' the survivors
of the Biblical flood? Were the Long Ears of the same culture who colonized
Peru and were known by the Inca's as the Viracochas?
did the Long Ears come from? The scientist/adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl,
believed from Peru, but could it have been the other way around? It
is a scientific fact that the Polynesians did not have a written language.
However, Easter Island's Long Ears held sacred what they called the
sacred stone planks still exists and bear an undecipherable text most
similar to the ancient script of the Indus Valley. Did the Longs Ears
stop on Easter Island while making their way to South America from ancient
is much more to be learned about the mysterious Easter Island...
have believed that the mysterious and ancient culture on the island
of Malta was the inspiration for Plato's Atlantis.
small and unassuming archipelago of Malta, Gozo, and Common boast some
of the world's most incredible megalithic ruins and temples. In engineering
terms, these little discussed ruins have been said to outshine the work
of ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as considerably predate them.
ancient temples are not the only marvels to behold on Malta. There are
also ancient wagon trails that disappear directly into the surrounding
Mediterranean Sea. Some tracks appear to lead right off rocky cliffs
that drop to the ocean.
Mysteries of the Ancient Outback
like the ancient Americas, early settlers of Australia were unlike the
native people we generally associate with these islands. These mysterious
people were strikingly similar to the Long Ears of Easter Island and
to the Ainu of northern Japan. Yet, precious little is known about these
ancient people. It has been speculated that the Australian aborigines,
however, have traces of Caucasian genes. Even in this remote region,
pre-pubescent teens are blond, men have abundant facial hair and experience
premature balding - traits distinctly Caucasian in nature.
these trace genes the legacy of an early, lost civilization that once
existed in the Indonesia and the Philippines regions?
Australia's Dream Time the forgotten age before the flood?
ancient ruins remain off Australia's famous beaches?
is time to bring Australia's true history to light...
Madol - 'The Venice of the Pacific'
are aware of the tiny island of Pompeii. Located west of the Tonga island
chain, Pompeii is home to one of the most mysterious ancient ruins in
the world - Nan Madol. Nan Madol is known as 'The Venice of the Pacific'
because that is exactly what it is. Imagine an ancient city built of
gigantic megalithic stones, but designed to be accessed by canal and
boat. Nan Madol has hundreds of buildings, some forty feet high, and
built of stone blocks weighing up to 50 tons. It is an archaeological
enigma and all but ignored by western researchers.
lore forbids invasion of Nan Madol by outsiders. The locals believe
the city to be possessed by ghost and spirits.
Legend also indicates that more of the city remains underwater!
construction of Nan Madol must have been a horrendous effort. The island
simply is not big enough to support the kind of man-power necessary
to construct such a masterpiece. Was Nan Madol constructed when the
island was bigger and the sea levels were lower? Is this why the natives
say there are more ruins underwater? Anyone who sees images of Nan Madol
knows a mystery is at hand...
Mysteries of New Zealand
Maori of New Zealand are a strange indigenous people. Although warlike
and savage, the Maori also hone wood into beautiful edifices and made
artwork unparalleled by similar tribal communities. Some of there wood-working
is very similar to work done by the Indians of America’s Pacific
Northwest. Is there a connection? On New Zealand lies a curious structure
- the Komowin Wall. The Komowin Wall was originally believed to have
been built around 700 AD, when the first people supposedly landing on
New Zealand. However, recently an ash layer from a volcanic explosion
known to have occurred 2000 years ago was found on the wall.
has many ramifications as you might imagine. There was not supposed
to be anyone on New Zealand at that time! Yet, the mystery grows deeper.
It now appears that the Komowin Wall may actually be a ziggurate pyramid,
only buried and obscured by trees and erosion. Only excavation or ground-penetrating
radar will reveal the mystery of the Komowin Wall. A ziggurate pyramid
on New Zealand?!? What interesting consequences might this have?
Ruins of Tonga-tabu
is the capital island of the Tonga Island chain. But, Tonga-tabu has
other significance as well...A ziggurate pyramid once stood tall and
proud on Tonga. However, within recorded history the temple was disassembled
and the blocks used for local constructions - but not before some of
Tonga's earliest artists depicted the temple for future generations
to see. More ziggurate pyramids?!?
also has a plethora of stepped-ceremonial platforms and megalithic ruins.
One of these ruins is a megalithic archway only comparable to Stonehenge
and the Osirion of Egypt.
is a small isolated island. How could it have organized the work-force
to construct such startling masonic creations? Perhaps once it was not
there remains under the water around Tonga-tabu?
are ziggurate pyramids found everywhere from New Zealand, to Tonga,
to Peru? Is this a mere coincidence?
Legends of the Inca
are still many mysteries surrounding the origins of South American cultures,
like the Moche, Incas, Aztecs,Maya, and Teotiwachans. One common parallel
in all of these diverse cultures, however, is their creation stories.
it's the Viracochas or Quetzacoutal, the Meso-Americans believed that
civilization was introduced to them from tall, fair-skinned, bearded
individuals who saved them from savagery. In fact, the conquistadors
of Pizarro and Cortez were helped by these beliefs because the Incas
and Maya prophetized that someday the Viracochas would return. They
returned alright, with sabers drawn.
Incas themselves admitted to not having been the ones to build the road
systems throughout Peru and Chili that are normally assigned to their
lineage. Nor do they claim to have moved the giant stones that make
the ancient temples in Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Tiwanaco (identical
to masonry on Easter Island). Likewise, the Nazca lines were also the
work of ancient, ancient hands.
hands, they say, of the fair-skinned, auburn-haired Viracochas. It was
the Viracochas who did all these feats, many thousands of years before
the Incas, Mayas, and Aztecs added to, as well as restored the ancient
the Viracochas the same people who influenced Easter Island, Japan,
New Zealand, and elsewhere? Perhaps the answer lies off the coast of
are many other possible cruises
are a few additional ideas
Temples of Cambodia
Mysteries of Bimini
of the Maya
Origins of the Moche
Legend of Mu
Pacific Mysterious Symbols
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