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Old 03-06-2009, 10:00 PM   #1
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Idea for a snow bound Indy 5

It occurred to me a moment ago that, along with conflicting opinions on how far back the history of civilization goes, we also know very little about Antarctica. My first search led me to this:

Lots of surprises may be hidden under the Antarctic ice and are waiting to be discovered by humans

The existence of the prehistoric civilization in Antarctica started drawing attention of professional historians after the World War II. The hypothesis can be proved by the medieval maps and research of the Western paleogeologists and glaciologists.

the head of the Istanbul National Museum Halil Edhem found an old map while revising the library of Byzantine emperors in the old sultans palace. The author of the map depicted the Western coast of Africa, the Southern coast of South America and the Northern coast of Antarctica. Halil was astonished. The ice edge of the Queen Maud Land south of 70th parallel was free of ice. The author mapped a mountain chain at this point. The name of the cartographer was well known to Edhem. It was the admiral of Ottoman Empire Fleet Piri Reis, who lived in the first half of the 16th century.

In 1949 the joint British-Swedish expedition conducted a thorough seismic exploration of the southernmost continent through the thick ice. The results coincided with the map of Reis. However, it was a mystery how the map data were to agree with the level of science of 1513.

Piri Reis himself explained on the margins of the map that the map was based on a lot of previous sources, some of which belonged to his contemporaries, while others could be dated with as early as the 4th century B.C. One of thу sources, for instance, belonged to Alexander the Great.

Medieval maps show Antarctica without ice cover or partly covered with ice. The accuracy of maps of the 16th century is incredible. In terms of the technical means their data can be compared with those of the end of the 18th century and sometimes with those of the 20th century.

A picture of Piri Reis' actual map, drawn on Gazzelle hide:

The site that this photo comes from has a massive amount of imformation which corroborates it's legitimacy.

Of course, the obvious writing choice would be Atlantis. I think that the legendary Hall of Records would be a neat thing to be hidden under the ice of Antarctica.

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