A.R.E.'s Search for Atlantis
A.R.E.s Atlantis Search Findings
For some years A.R.E. members and the organization
itself have conducted expeditions in search of ruins or any remains
of the lost continent of Atlantis. (Click
here for an overview of these expeditions with numerous photos.)
The newest expeditions have been to Andros.
Eight expeditions have been to Andros with the 2004 information posted
here. In addition, there are 10 free Quicktime video clips
from the video documentary available here.
A report on the first 2004 expedition to Andros
can be found here. Free
video from both the Andros Platform and Bimini Road, taken
after the 2004 hurricanes, can be found here. The
most recent expedition was to both both Bimini and Andros in
2005 with some spectacular finds made. Information and photos
from that trip can be found here.
According to Cayce, Atlantislocated from the Gulf of Mexico to Gibraltarwas destroyed in a final catastrophic event circa 10,000 B.C. The focus of A.R.E. efforts has been in the Bimini area, however, other related locations have also been investigated. Research on the so-called Bimini Road has been hampered as researchers are split on the origin of the structure: some believe it is a manmade road or foundation while others assert it is natural beach rock, which fractured in place. However, a seldom-discussed fact is that a portion of the Bimini Road was removed after a hurricane in 1926.
Before the end of the last Ice Age (12,000-years ago) the ocean levels were at least 300 feet below their current levels. A vast island was in the area in those remote times rather than chains of islands. Edgar Cayce referred to Bimini as one of the mountaintops of ancient Atlantis. While few would consider the island a mountain, 12,000-years ago it was one of the highest points on the vast land formation in the region. Bimini and Andros Island, lying about 100 miles to the east of Bimini, were a part of the same island in 10,000 B.C.called "Poseidia" by Cayce. Cayce related that a Hall of Records containing the records of Atlantis was constructed somewhere in the region. The Hall of Records was in a temple which sunk in 10,000 B.C. and is, according to Cayce, covered by "the slime of ages." This record hall is identical to the one in Egypt under the Sphinx.
Archaeologists have countered that the remains of civilization in the region only go back 7,000 yearsor perhaps even less. They have asserted that if a major civilization existed in the area, some of its remains would be found on current land. That assertion has a fundamental flaw. Ancient maritime civilizations typically built their cities and ports on the ocean shores. As related in prior issues of Ancient Mysteries, archaeologists working in South America, the Pacific coast of North America, India, and elsewhere in the world have been discovering the remains of underwater ruins. These ancient maritime civilizations built their cities and ports on coastlinesall of which have been covered by the rising oceans. Given the recent changes in North and South American archaeologytaking the history of habitation in the Americas to 50,000-years agoit seems likely that ruins would lie in the shallow waters around Bimini.
Andrew CollinsGateway to Atlantis
In August 2002, British researcher Andrew Collins renewed interest in the search for Atlantis with a stirring lecture at the Annual Egypt & Ancient Civilizations Conference at Virginia Beach. Collins book, Gateway to Atlantis, proposes that the major remaining portions of Atlantis are in and around Cubaespecially in the area where possible underwater ruins were discovered in 2000. Collins published this rather startling idea prior to the discovery of the possible ruins. Collins also discussed the possibility that Andros Island (between Bimini and Cuba) could hold ruins of Atlantis and he showed a variety of photos of underwater structures taken in the waters around Andros. Many of the photos were shot by J. Manson Valentine and several pilots in the 1960s, prior to the existence of GPS. Thus, several of the locations of the ruins have been lost.
As reported in the A.R.E. membership newsletter Ancient Mysteries, Collins found several of the original photos and Cuban articles in the Egerton Sykes collection of the A.R.E. library during the conference week. Sykes was a world recognized authority on Atlantis who carefully evaluated all of the evidence on Atlantis as well as conducting his own expeditions until his death in 1983. All of his books, manuscripts, and research materials are housed in a secured area of the library. The articles, written in Spanish, were subsequently translated by A.R.E. Trustee, Humberto Martinez, M.D., who read them to the audience. The articles detailed 1950s efforts to locate remains of Atlantis by Cuban archaeologistsall of which were subsequently suspended due to political changes. Nevertheless, the information pointed to the areas around Cubaincluding Andros and Biminias probable sites of ruins. Our research of satellite images has uncovered a site in Cuba which fits all of Plato's statements about the center city. The article, "Has the Center City of Atlantis Been Found?" describes the location.
Cuban Underwater "Ruins" May Be Concrete
we hope that the "ruins" reported off the extreme western tip
of Cuba are remnants of Atlantis, our research indicates that the formations
lying on the 2100-foot bottom may be something else. This area lies near the locations of the Soviet-era guided missile bunkers and concrete platforms that were the critical issue in the 1961 Cuban missile crisis. We believe that the materials on the bottom may be the remains of these bunkers and the storage silos which were quickly dismantled by the Soviets and dumped. Virtually no new information (2004) has been released about the Cuban site, but we remain hopeful that ruins may be identified at the location.
Genetic & Archaeological Confirmations
An additional piece of thoroughly scientific evidence pointing to the probably existence of Atlantis has recently been published in two books: Mound Builders (2001) and Ancient South America (2002). Both books have been authored by Dr. Greg Little, John Van Auken, and Dr. Lora Little. In Mound Builders, the authors suggest that the technology many people associate with Atlantis may not be as advanced as thought. In addition, Van Auken and Lora Littles book, The Lost Hall of Records (2000), details finds associated with the migration of Atlanteans to Central America. Updated information on recent archaeological discoveries and genetic evidence were presented at the Ancient Civilizations conference.
It has long been recognized that migration legends from natives in North, Central, and South America support the migration of advanced groups to various locations in the Americas corresponding to Cayces accounts of Atlantis. In recent years, archaeological work has shown that Cayces accounts of the Atlantean migrations to the Americas is consistent with the archaeological evidence. Now, however, research on a form of DNA recovered from ancient remains almost perfectly matches Cayces account. This was an unexpected scientific surprise that appears to support the contention that Atlantis was in the Caribbean area. In particular, what is called Haplogroup X by geneticists, has been found in ancient remains in every location in the world where the Cayce readings state Atlanteans fled at three different times (10,000 B.C., 28,000 B.C., and 50,000 B.C.). Amazingly, Haplogroup Xone of 42 major ancient mtDNA groups identifiedhas not been found in other locations of the world. In addition, another DNA type, called Haplogroup B, appears to be from what Cayce and others have termed the ancient continent of Muor Lemuria. We were the first to make this assertion, which has since been embraced by many others.
A.R.E.s Satellite Imagery Research of Bimini
In 2001 and 2002, the Edgar Cayce Foundation funded a 640-square km satellite imaging project in the area around Bimini. This research project was completed by Jonathan Eagle. This process allows for the identification of probable underwater structures. The project revealed two types of seemingly "anomalous" formations. Both of these have now been extensively investigated. The results are below:
1) "Two" straight lines were seen off NE Bimini and the report to the ARE by J. Eagle suggested that the lines could be walls with sand duned over them. In mid-2003, Greg and Lora Little visited the site of the lines and discovered that they were simply seaweed growing on the tops of sand channels. Locals were well aware of the sand channels. J. Eagle and Bill Donato visited the lines in July of 2003 and also made the same finding. However, J. Eagle reported that he "felt" a "reverse thermocline" in the areawith cooler water on the surface. Eagle and Donato have suggested that the thermocline and sand channels may be due to some sort of volcanic activity which they say may be somehow connected to a vein of gold Cayce stated was on Bimini. The National Geographic has sponsored an extensive study of the water flows around Bimini and found numerous areas where different temperatures mixed. The thermoclines around Bimini are due to warm water flows swirling with colder water flows. In October 2003, we viewed the large image of the 630 sq km satellite image of Bimini (now posted in the ARE library) and noted at least another dozen "straight lines" to the NE of the two which were investigated. We believe all of these are completely natural and not worthy of further attention, but a few other investigators have plans to visit the underwater lines at NE Bimini to investigate their possible relationship to the gold vein.
2) About a dozen circles off South Bimini were spotted by the satellite. We visited several of the smaller ones which we believe were formed by dredging and collecting of sand for the Bimini beach areas. Some of the smaller circles are apparently similar to the ones we found around Androsall of which turned out to be natural. The largest circle at Bimini was 200-feet in diameter and was raised off the bottom like a mound. It had an intriguing appearance from the air: click here. The large circle was investigated by us several times. It was probably manmade, but it was caused by a load of modern building materials dumped at the location. A few of the smaller circles were "scooped out" these were apparently made by specialized dredgers using large sand-sucking tubes to collect sand for construction and new beach areas on Bimini. Locals were aware of this. All of these investigations are included in the 2003 book The ARE's Search for Atlantis and the 68-minute VHS documentary, The ARE's 2003 Search for Atlantis. Call 1-800-723-1112 to order the documentary in VHS or DVD.
Five 2003 expeditions were conducted to Andros. The first expedition examined the underwater circles found off western Andros. The second examined Rebikoff's "e," a strange e-shaped formation in shallow water in extreme northwestern Andros. During this expedition, an underwater "anomaly" was found in North Andros. The third expedition examined this structure as well as visiting the circles at South Bimini. As stated above, the newest expeditions have been to Andros. The most recent information on Andros and Bimini, where the idea that both the Bimini Road and Andros Platform were ancient breakwaters enclosing harbors, is posted here. The most recent press release on the expeditions can be found by clicking here. The first 2004 report, with photos, is here. One other intriguing possibility about the Bimini Road and Andros Platform exists, and it was suggested to us by archaeologists. Both formations could have been large foundations for buildings. Near the Andros Platform, in water about 12-feet deep, is a large flat area. Lying on the bottom in that area are flat paving stones carefully fitted together. The paving stones are all square and rectangular with the typical size about 2 by 3 feet.
2004 Andros Expeditions
The 2003 expeditions found two important underwater structures at Andros and also found evidence of an ancient temple on the island. In 2004 the first expedition to Andros was made in June. It confirmed the presence of ancient building structures in central Andros and looked at more areas of the underwater platform. Additional expeditions are planned to several areas at and near Andros as well as to an underwater harbor off the Yucatan. These all took place. Click here for details. In brief, an ancient Maya harbor, with a still-existing 1000-foot long breakwater was investigated at Isla Cerritos off Yucatan. The harbor and breakwater were made from slabs of cut beachrock.
Piedras Negras, Guatemala is the site of Edgar Cayce's third Hall of Records. (The other two being at Gizaunder the Sphinxand in the Bahamas. In April 2004, we made an ARE-sponsored expedition to Piedras Negras carefully examining most of the ruins. A preliminary report on findings are here. An 83-minute video documentary was made of this expedition.
Andros-Bimini December 2004
In December 2004, we went again to Bimini and Andros, this time with a crew from The History Channel. At Bimini we obtained what may be the best footage ever taken of the Road. We also investigated and filmed what is known as "Proctor's Road," just north of the Bimini Road. Proctor's Road is a straight line of stones extending from the shore toward the Bimini Road site. At the Andros Platform we discovered that the hurricanes had passed directly over the site. Much of the 1000-foot-long, three-tiered platform was under sand. But the hurricanes moved huge amounts of sand from the inner harbor revealing a depth of at least 65 feet. Before the hurricane the harbor was only 25- 35-feet deep. The storms also revealed a deep channel leading into the harbor next to the end of the platform. The channel is cut through the reefs and the bedrock. Research revealed that the harbor has never been dredged and the channel was not cut in modern times. Footage from Bimini and Andros can be found here.
2005 Bimini Andros Expedition
In May 2005 a joint expedition was taken between the ARE Search for Atlantis team and archaeologist Bill Donato of The Atlantis Organization. A series of amazing discoveries were made during and after the expedition. These results can be found here. Results of lab testing of materials gathered on that expedition will be released at the 2005 Ancient Mysteries Conference in Virginia Beach. We also still plan on going to Cay Sal and Anguilla. Another possible trip is being planned to coastal Belize.