Oronteus Finaeus map
The Oronteus Finaeus map, also spelled Oronteus Fineus map, was incredibly precise. It too shows an ice free Antartica with no ice-cap. It was drawn
in the year 1532. There are also maps showing Greenland as two separated islands, as it was confirmed by a polar French expedition which found out
that there is an ice cap quite thick joining what it is actually two islands.
Here is the Map:
Hapgood made a disclosure which amazingly lead further on this road: he found out a cartographic document copied by an older source carved on a rock
column, China, year 1137. It showed the same high level of technology of the other western charts, the same grid method, the same use of spheroid
trigonometry. It has so many common points with the western ones that it makes think more than reasonably, that there had to be a common source: could
it be a lost civilization, maybe the same one which has been chased by thousands for years so far?
The coastline and island that are shown in Antarctica must have been navigated at some period prior to 4,000 B.C. when these areas were free of ice
from the last Ice Age.Piri Reis own commentary indicates that some of his source maps were from the time of Alexander the Great (332 B.C.).
According to Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods, the remains of this civilization lie buried beneath the Antarctic ice cap where it was
destroyed and buried by Earth crustal displacement.
The map below published by Graham Hancock in his book is considered evidence that Antarctic was already known before its effective exploration. The
map was created by Philippe Buache, published certainly after 1739 since in its notes there is reference to the journey of Charles Bouvet, who reached
the new lands south of Cape of Good Hope the first of January of the same year. Actually the map may seem strange, since the South Pole is placed at
the middle of a glacial sea and is surrounded by two wide islands that form a huge austral continent. In this case the similarity with Antarctic is
really poor but the fans of mysteries do not discourage because of this and say that this map represent Antarctic before it was covered by glaciers,
hundred thousand years ago.
Here is the map:
Back to Charles and the Oronteus Finaeus map
To even the most skeptical, the Oronteus Finaeus map is startling. Although it was printed in a book in 1531 – and was thus not subject to
subsequent amendment – it is remarkably similar to today’s maps of Antarctica. Admittedly it is too close to the tip of South America, and it is
incorrectly oriented, yet the proportions seem similar, the coastal mountains, found in the 1957 geophysical study are in roughly the right places and
so are many bays and rivers. Furthermore, the shape of South America itself seems right, and the close resemblance between a modern, scientifically
exact map of the Ross Sea and Finaeus’ unnamed gulf is striking.
What is different, however, is that the Oronteus Finaeus map does not seem to show the great shelves of ice that, today, surround the continent, nor
the great glaciers that fringe the coastal regions. Instead there seem to be estuaries and inlets, suggesting great rivers. To Hapgood and his team,
that meant that at some time in the past the Ross Sea and its coasts – scene of the November, 1979 air disaster on Mount Erebus – and some of the
hinterland of Antarctica were free of ice. It also suggested to Hapgood that since the Antarctic was certainly ice-bound in 1531 – when Oronteus
Finaeus made his map – Finaeus must have had access to very ancient maps indeed: maps made when Antarctica was largely free of the mile-thick ice
cap that buries it today, and presumably has covered it for millennia.
There is, moreover, the perplexing problem of the Oronteus Finaeus map. Even if Piri Reis “Antarctica” turns out to be South America – drawn
horizontally – or even Australia, the Finnaeus “Antarctica” is surely Antarctica and his map was also drawn in the 16th century: 1531. Where did
Oronteus Finaeus get his far more detailed and accurate information? Was it the libraries of Alexandria now buried under the sea? And why does Finaeus
also show Antarctica without an ice cap? Furthermore, the Hapgood team identified 50 geographical points on the Finaeus map, as re-projected, whose
latitudes and longitudes were located quite accurately in latitude and longitude, some of them quite close to the pole. “The mathematical
probability against this being accidental,” says Hapgood, “is astronomical”.
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