Here is an extract from Childress's book: Ancient Micronesia and the lost city of nan madol:
"The japanese administered the islands of micronesia, .after world war 1, taking them over from the germans. They did instensive work on the ruins
at Nan Madol, but most of their records were presumably lost or destroyed in World War 11. However an incredible account of the japanese discovery of
platinum coffins is given in the book Der Masslose Ozean by Herbert Rittlinger, published in germany in 1939.
In his Gold of the Gods EVD quotes Rittlinger's depiction of Pohnpei...The reports of fabulous wealth had enticed pearl divers and chinese merchants
to investigate the seabed secretly and the divers had all risen from the depths wiht incredible tales. They had been able to walk on the bottom on
well preserved streets overgrown with mussels and coral. Down below were countless stone vaults, pillars and monoliths. Carved stone tablets hung on
the remains of clearly recognisable houses.
What the pearl divers did not find was discovered by the japanese divers with modern equipment. they confirmed with their finds what the traditional
legends of Ponape reported: the vast wealth in precious metals, pears and bars of silver. The legend says that the corpses rest in the 'house of the
dead'.. The japanese divers reported that the dead were buried in WATERTIGHT PLATINUM COFFINS. And the divers actually brought bits of platinum to
the surface day after day. In fact, the MAIN EXPORTS of the island - copra, vanilla, sago and mother of pearl - were supplanted BY PLATINUM.
...Rittlinger says that hte japanese carried on exploiting this platinum until one day two divers did not surface... the finds of platinum on an
island where THE ROCK CONTAINS NO PLATINUM were and remain a very real fact."
(MORE destruction of archaeological sites if this is true - i cant believe they sold the platinum....AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!)
..."the Japanese reportedly did discover very large human bones at Nan madol indicating that the previous inhabitants of the island wer perhaps as
tall as 2.1 meters (7 feet). An old Pohnpei native told me while i was there that he had found a human femur many years ago in the jungle that was
'twice as big as a normal man's'. This suggests a rather unbelievable height of 10 feet or so, making the early inhabitants giants."
And here's a link to a cool youtube video of nan madol. Awesome stuff. (there are other links on youtube to the side if you want to see more).
underwater nan madol
cool virtual tours.
and for those who think this is the only megalithic site in the area ...wrong....there are also the amazing lelu ruins on kosrae, megalithic site of
salapwuk on pohnpei, and sapwtakai the massive fort; Panpei, Diadi, Kiti Rock and Alauso...
the lelu ruins on kosrae are spectacular - like nan madol in height etc.