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Finding Remains Of Ancient Civilizations Everywhere

By James Donahue

We have shared the myth of the lost continent of Atlantis ever since Plato wrote of it in 360 BC. By its very name, we have always assumed that if such a place existed, it was located somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean before sinking into the sea.

There also are ancient stories about former continents of Mu and Lemuria, said to also have disappeared somewhere in the Pacific Ocean during a great catastrophic event that took advanced civilizations with them.

For years the stories of these places were considered mythology. Yet there has always been those of us who have wondered if these places actually existed, and if they did, what terrible event occurred to destroy them and shift the surface of planet as radically as it must have happened.

As modern technology now has begun to explore and map the bottoms of our oceans, peer into the great ice caps at the poles, and dig deep in the earth to find what lies under our feet, more and more evidence of such "lost" and forgotten civilizations are coming to light. The proof is now becoming more evident that humans have existed on this planet for a very long time, and that great civilizations have risen, only to fall into ruin before rising again and perhaps again.

Among the latest discoveries have been granite boulders lying in the Atlantic, off the coast of Brazil, suggesting the remains of a lost continent, or at least a portion of a large land mass that got dragged into the sea when something colossal occurred in that part of the world. Granite is a relatively low-density rock found in the continental crust. It is not a natural formation found deep in the sea. It was found more than 8,000 feet beneath the sea, a place where it should not exist.

Among the more exciting deep sea discoveries has been the remains of what appears to have been a great city, complete with roads, bridges, buildings and even pyramids located about 2,100 feet under the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Cuba. First discovered in 2000 by a sonar team, the site was visited by a Canadian exploration company the following year that confirmed the cities existence. The city is so ancient it is believed to be older than the great pyramids of Giza, Egypt.

Yet another submerged "city" was found by a sport diver in 1995 in only about a 100 feet of water off the south shore of Okinawa, in the Pacific. So far, five large stone structures have been found, linked by paved streets and crossroads, huge altar-like formations, grand staircases leading to broad plazas and processional ways surmounted by towering pylons. The buildings are as large as 240 feet in length and they stand about 45 feet in height. No entranceways or chambers have yet been found.

Then there has been the discovery of the ruins of yet a third mythical city off the coast of Mamallapuram, India, lying about seven meters under the Indian Ocean. The people of Southern India share a myth about large areas of the country, including a once great city, that were inundated by the sea.

The ruins are severely eroded, but they include walls, steps and stone blocks that were clearly put there by man.

And finally, a team of archaeologists, geologists and engineers recently discovered a great land mass, now under the North Sea, that once joined Britain to Northern Europe. The features of the area include a river as wide as the Thames before it became submerged an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.

Not only are remains found in deep water locations, they are appearing on the top of mountains in really unexpected places. Lake Titicaca, a body of water in the South American Andes established as the highest existing lake in the world at some 9,000 feet, hides a submerged stone causeway leading out into the lake and other evidence that a port city once existed there. Also found in the mountains around the lake are ancient terraced corn fields in an area too high in elevation to support corn.

In 1991 Russia gold prospectors digging in the Ural Mountains came onto various small spiral metal objects when digging at depths of from 10 to 40 feet under the earth. The objects ranged from 1.2 inches to 1/10,000 of an inch. They were composed of copper, tungsten and molybdenum, obviously machined, and dating back an estimated 20,000 years.