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The world’s oldest pyramid is concealed on an ice continent -Was Antarctica Once Home to an Ancient Civilization?


The Internet was abuzz in 2016 with Google Earth photographs of Antarctica that appeared to depict pyramids in the frigid environment. The photos appear to depict three pyramids with four faces, akin to Egypt’s renowned Giza pyramids. Could they be genuine man-made pyramids constructed by a long-forgotten civilization?

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Who Built the Pyramids in Antarctica?
Numerous ideas exist regarding the origins of these pyramids. Several of the most contentious theories assert that the pyramids were built by extraterrestrials or were remains of a previous Atlantean civilisation in Antarctica.

Other experts have proposed an explanation for the Antarctica pyramids based on natural geological processes. According to these scientists, the “pyramids” may possibly be nunataks. Nunataks are mountain peaks that extend above the surrounding ground through the ice.

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A pyramid in Antarctica. (sevzirfo/Maps.google.com)

Dr. Charles Hapgood’s Research
Two of the ‘Antarctica pyramids’ are located ten miles (16 kilometers) inland. Near the seashore lies the third pyramid.

The finding of these pyramids shows that Antarctica may have been inhabited by people sometime in the previous 6,000 years. Around this ancient period, men began to build pyramids in the Old World. Charles Hapgood’s study argues for the presence of an ancient civilisation on an ice-covered continent.

Dr. Charles Hapgood published the Piri Reis Map of Antarctica in’Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings. This 16th-century map stunned the world when it depicted an ice-free Antarctica.

Turkey is where the Piri Reis map was discovered. In 1953, a Turkish Naval officer delivered the chart to the United States Navy Hydrographic Bureau. M.I. Walters, the Bureau’s Chief Engineer, forwarded the map to Arlington H. Mallery for evaluation. Mallery discovered that the Piri Reis map was 100% accurate and may have been derived from a 6,000-year-old map.

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Map of the world by Ottoman admiral Piri Reis, drawn in 1513. ( Public Domain )

Verification of the Piri Reis Map
Antarctica’s Piri Reis map is quite accurate. Researchers discovered that beneath the ice sheet, the coasts, mountain ranges, and plateaus on the Piri Reis map corresponded to the Queen Maud area in Antarctica using seismic soundings and sonar. Olhmeyer, head of the British-Swedish Antarctic expedition, addressed the following message to Hapgood:

“Dear Sir or Madam Hapgood,
This group has considered your request for study of various unexpected characteristics on the Piri Reis Antarctica map of 1513. The assertion that the map’s lower half depicts the Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, and the Palmer Peninsular seems credible. This, we believe, is the most reasonable and, most likely, right reading of the map. The geographical information depicted in the bottom portion of the image matches very well with the results of the 1949 Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition’s seismic profile over the ice cap’s summit. This shows that the shoreline was plotted prior to the ice sheet covering it. This section of Antarctica is completely ice-free. This region’s ice cover has grown to roughly a mile in thickness. We have no notion how the facts on this map correlate with 1513’s alleged state of geographical knowledge.”

Lt. Colonel Harold Z. Olhmeyer, USAF Commander


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The Aheloy Nunatak, a natural formation ( public domain )

Ohlmeyer’s letter verified Dr. Charles Hapgood’s claim that the Piri Reis map was very certainly taken from an antique map. Dr. Charles Hapgood stated in ‘Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings’ that despite the Piri Reis Map’s latitudes and longitudes being drawn at right angles in a standard plane geometry, he was certain that it was based on an older map.

Hapgood was also certain that the Piri Reis map was old in origin due to the creator’s use of spheroid trigonometry, which was supposed to have been established in the 18th Century, despite the Piri Reis map’s 1513 date.

Whatever the origins of the snow pyramids, their discovery may fuel discussion about probable human occupancy of Antarctica in recent history.

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Antarctic pyramids. Location of the pyramid making the news: 79°58’39.2″S 81°57’32.2″W. ( Google Maps )

Top Image: One of the so-called pyramids of Antartica. Source: VAN ALEXIS MORALES GONZALEZ/ Google Maps

By Clyde Winters


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