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If there water craft were so un-seaworthy, then why the giant seaport at Tihuanaco?
Hanslune, i have heard about (somewhere, not sure where) a story of a monastary on a "giant island" that sat around/on the Azores. One day, the island disappeared. A supply ship showed up, and it wasn't there. the water had something different about it (i can't recall).
As well, there have been chinese anchors found off Brazil. The Chinese travelled trans-atlantic.
“The evidence is just overwhelming.” In this article Bill Hartz takes a detailed look at some of Gavin Menzies "evidence" for a Chinese circumnavigation of the planet in the early 15th Century and concludes "We speculate Gavin had the dream first, and then went looking for evidence to prove it real, couldn't find any, so he just made it up."
If there ever was a country in the atlantic that "sank" I find it more likely that we are talking about this plateau that used to be above water and is now below sea level - the azore islands only being the uppermost tip of a former mountaineous area. But the azores deserve more detailed archaeological research for a whole other reason: It would be these islands that would likely be a stopping point for any pre-middle-ages transatlantic contact.
Originally posted by Hanslune
Its an interesting puzzle - right where there should be clear signs - there is nothing.
Is the "statue" of Ponta do Marco evidence of a Carthaginian voyage? Highly unlikely. Are the coins evidence? It is now impossible to say. Yet explaining away the statue and the coins begs the question: Could the Carthaginians have reached Corvo or the Americas? Most scholars now reject the idea, but by the eighth century B.C. at the latest, Phoenician ships were regularly going from Tyre and Sidon to the trading station at Mogador, a distance of more than 2,000 miles. Sailors who did that were perfectly capable of going farther. Mogador, an island off the coast of Morocco, is located just where the Canary Current starts west, just where the Columbus route to the Americas leaves the African coast. If the Azores were found in antiquity, shouldn't there be evidence of the fact there? Not necessarily, as there was no native population with which to trade. Stops for water, like the one Columbus made, would likely have left no trace.
On May 21, 1979 an interesting article was published in the New York Times. Soviet oceanographic expeditions to the Atlantic Ampere Seamount made some extraordinary discoveries of ruins, destroyed by lava, and also photographed them. The pictures (taken by Vladimir Marakuyev) and the findings were reported by the deputy Director of the Soviet Academy of Science's Institute of Oceanography, Professor Aksyonove. The pictures were taken in 1974, when the Russian research ship was exploring the ocean surface near the Horseshoe Archipelago, approximately 300 miles West of Gibraltar. On the Ampere Seamount, they found at a depth of around 200 feet, stone walls of up to 5 feet high and a width of 2.5 feet. Also a stone staircase with five clearly visible steps was discovered, leading to a stone platform connected to another staircase. Since the date the pictures were taken, other oceanographic expeditions have confirmed the findings, and even found more structures of the same kind over a wider area."
Originally posted by Essan
2) Why would any culture outside of the Mediterranean invade the Mediterranean and lose a war with Athens? No explanation has been given for this important aspect of the story, least of all by those suggestion location of Atlantis in places like the Americas.