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There, wedged deep in the grass of the median on Dailey Lane, about 150 yards from the Pithlachascotee River, sits a massive stone with two holes, both 17 1/2 inches in diameter.
Donato said it clearly was an artificial formation with distinct rope grooves running through both holes and other properties that show it may have been used as an anchor or mooring stone.
"The size is astounding,” Donato said, “far bigger than anything I’ve seen. It may have been a mooring stone. The Romans used circles set this way. It’s a similar shape to Carthaginian findings.
"I don’t believe any of the Garden of Eden theories, or most of John’s views of Atlantis, which I did my master’s thesis on,” Donato said before his trip here. “I’m interested because the pictures are similar to anchors found at Bimini last year and to [5,000-year-old] finds in the Middle East."
Typically, I prefer a more ordinary source for information than somebody's blog. Also, I'm certainly not surprised that this fellow has found an avid listener in Donato, an "archaeologist" whose sole post graduate work has involved the Bimini "Harbor." That was the subject of his Thesis ("A re-examination of the Atlantis Theory") that earned him his Master's degree (he has no PhD.)
Originally posted by rollinoffset
...A local man has identified what he believes to me massive mooring stones scattered around Florida and he struggles in vain to get someone established in archeology to examine them. Because he has out of the norm theories as to the Garden of Eden and Atlantis being located in Florida his identification of the stones is ignored. He finally finds a willing ear in Archeologist Bill Donato.
Here is a segment of the article:
...Donato said it clearly was an artificial formation with distinct rope grooves running through both holes and other properties that show it may have been used as an anchor or mooring stone.
"The size is astounding,” Donato said, “far bigger than anything I’ve seen. It may have been a mooring stone. The Romans used circles set this way. It’s a similar shape to Carthaginian findings...
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Originally posted by rollinoffset
Good guess, Pipefitting is my normal trade.
Originally posted by Byrd
consider the impact that has on a small 20 person ship when a 1 ton weight suddenly is shifted to one side (with the help of, say, 10 men which adds another 1,000 lbs or more) in preparation to tossing it over the side.
For amature and armchair archeologists one of the obtacles is just getting people to listen to your theories and to view your evidence openmindedly
Originally posted by denythestatusquo
First of all this guy is wasting his time going to an academic for help... just go out there and find them and catalogue them and put them on the web.
Secondly I do agree that they are not likely to be anchors. They could be some kind of support or receptacle??
Originally posted by timski
Anyone read 1421-The Year China Discovered The World?
From the accounts of the author, Gavin Menzies, and that quoted in your link that such similar stones have been found as far afield as Bimini and other far-flung locations, it would sound like these carved stones could be either sea-anchors or ballast from the Chinese Junks of Emperor Zhou Di's treasure-fleet which has been suggested as having charted all the continents and circumnavigated the globe decades...even centuries before the Olde-European Naval Powers. Is there any information on any remains of hardwood/teak timbered vessels found on the Florida shoreline, or accounts from Native historical traditions of strange looking people landing in that part of the Americas?? Also, have any geo-chemical analysis been performed on the stones to determine their geological origin??
Classic junks were built of softwoods – though in Guangdong in teak with multiple compartments accessed by separate hatches and ladders: similar in structure to the interior stem of bamboo. These were not watertight, as is commonly believed, all wrecks so far recovered having limber holes at the base of each bulkhead. The largest junks were built for world exploration in the 1400s, and were around 120 meters in length
How did the Chinese shipbuilders construct and operate wooden ships that were 40 percent longer and 65 percent wider than the largest wooden ships known to have been built at any time anywhere else? Since no special construction techniques such as iron strapping for supporting the wooden hulls of these treasure ships were reported, there is something inherently improbable about the claims made for them in the Ming texts. Perhaps these texts only describe a grandiose dream and the overseas trading voyages of the early Ming Dynasty were, in fact, accomplished with large numbers of smaller ships. Or perhaps one or more ships of this kind were built at the Longjiang shipyard outside Nanjing but never sailed.
Most of the drydocks at Longjiang were 90 to 120 feet wide, but two of them were 2 10 feet wide, big enough to accommodate a ship 160 to 166 feet wide. The treasure ships were quite wide for their length, but, like typical fuchuan, they were "balanced like a scale¹ with stability created by the V- shaped hull, the long keel, and the heavy ballast. The keel consisted of long pieces of wood bound together with iron hoops. In rough weather, holes in the prow would Œpartially fill with water when the ships pitched forward, lessening the violent rocking motion of the waves. Floating anchors cast off the side of the ship also increased stability in turbulent seas. In the stem were two eight-foot iron anchors, weighing over a thousand pounds each, for mooring offshore. Each anchor had four flukes set at a sharp angle against the main shaft, a shape characteristic of Chinese anchors since the beginning of the Christian era.