posted on Nov, 20 2010 @ 12:07 AM
reply to post by keyseeker
I've read all of the first hand accounts of Antarctic explorations including Byrd's diaries and a dozen or more accounts by men who were with Bryd.
There was nothing untoward discovered by High Jump. No flying discs, no lost cities, no verdant environments. What people except for Byrd's
accounts were second hand statements made by men who weren't even in Operation High Jump. This was one of the best covered Antarctic operations in
history and regretfully, there was nothing unusual discovered, no missing planes, no loss of life. Before people jump to conclusions after watching a
hokey video on YouTube, they might take the time to read the dozen or so books that have been written about it. For anyone wishing to delve deeper,
the records of High Jump are available at NARA; the records are not classified. I read a few obscure books claiming that the German expedition to
Neuschwabenland in the late 1930s. Indeed, the Germans did find a couple of ice free zones but these were completely natural and if one cares to
check the coordinates of these locations on GoogleEarth, they remain largely ice free to this day. In 1957-58,virtually the entire Antarctic
continent was mapped and much of it explored. Groups of men spent the entire year at various locations and not a single oddity was observed beyond
what was clearly attributable to natural causes. One would expect that if there was a visible lost city or verdant environment and UFOs, they would
have been documented during the International; Geophysical Year.
In the 1960s, Charles Hapgood wrote a book called 'Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings.' In this book he suggested that the certain portolan maps of the
14th through 15th centuries were more accurate than latter maps prepared by Mercator and his contemporaries and Hapgood suggested that these maps were
copies of older maps representing a world wide seafaring culture. I've read Hapsgood's book and I've seen the portolan's he discusses. Map
expert cartographers have challenged Hapgood's assertion and so all we can say for now is that Hapgood's interpretations remain unproven. His
theory however is an intriguing one that was also independently supported by Tor Heyerdahl in his book 'Early Man and the Ocean: The Beginning of
Navigation and Seaborn Civilizations.' Most historians and archaeologists reject Heydahl and Hapgood's theory. But then most also reject
pre-Viking contacts between the Old and New Worlds and this most certainly in fact occurred: More than 50 Egyptian mummies with well documented
provenance were tested and found to contain trace evidence of tobacco and coc aine, neither of which were known to the Old World before Columbus.
Some of the mummies dated to the early second millennium BCE, which suggests that perhaps New World historians and archaeologists have underestimated
the capabilities of early Old World civilizations sea faring capabilities. This however, doesn't support Hapgood or Heyerdahl's suggestion of a
pre-Egyptian seafaring culture. There have been other shreds of evidence and suggestions to support these two men. For example, in E.A.
Wallis-Budge's translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead in the 1890s, he noted that the religions of Sumer and the Old Kingdom of Egypt were far
too similar to be the result of casual trade contacts; he suggested an antecedent culture parent to both. This is vaguely reminiscent of the notions
of Hapgood and Heyerdahl.
Obviously, this has little do to with reports of Antarctic UFOs or lost cities. If however, Hapgood, Heyerdahl, and Wallis-Budge were correct in their
suggestion of a pre-Old Kingdom civilization it must have existed in a location yet explored. Perhaps the location was Antarctica but more probable
was a location closer to the Near East, perhaps below the Persian Gulf, which did not flood until the early Holocene Epoch.
There is plenty to read on the subject of ancient civilizations most of it is rubbish but some of it is well worth considering further. I'll leave
it to ATS viewers to discern the wheat from the chafe.