In 1513, Piri Reis, an admiral in the Turkish Navy, drew a map outlining the western coast of Africa, eastern coast of South America, and the northern coast of Antarctica. This map was discovered in 1929, drawn on a piece of gazelle hide. Finding a map that old is remarkable in itself, but finding one so detailed became a bit of a puzzle.

It gets crazier.

The northern coastline of Antarctica is perfectly detailed. The most puzzling thing about that, however, is not how he managed to draw such an accurate map of the Antarctic region 300 years before it was discovered, but that the map shows the coastline that was at the time under the ice. Geological evidence confirms that the latest date Queen Maud Land could have been charted in an ice-free state is 4000 BC.

Supposing, of course, that the map is not a hoax (that being very unlikely), there is a possible explanation for it:

Many historians claim that this and other maps support a theory of global exploration by a pre-classical, undiscovered civilization. Piri Reis, Ptolomy (2nd Century A.D.), as well as Mercator and Oronteus Finaeus, well-known 15th Century map-makers, included the traditional southern continent in their world maps, as did others.

It is well-known that the first civilization, according to the traditional history, developed in the mid-east around year 3000 BC, soon to be followed within a millennium by the Indus valley and the Chinese ones. So, accordingly, none of the known civilizations could have done such a job. Who was here 4000 years BC, being able to do things that NOW are possible with the modern technologies?



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