In the first eighteen issues of Atlantis Rising we serialized, in graphic novel style a story called The Atlantis Dimension. Based on a screenplay originally written in the early 1980s by editor Doug Kenyon (in collaboration with artist Tom Miller), the story recounted the adventures of a group of contemporary characters who discover the ruins of Atlantis beneath the waters of the so-called Bermuda Triangle. The action is driven by ancient events on Atlantis which unfold in the lives of the principal characters today, who are, in fact, Atlanteans reincarnated. There is plenty of action, ancient technology, underwater archaeology, treachery in high places, and nature turned very bad.
Long since those early issues, this publication has established an identity transcending the themes of that story, but it is possible that, had we not originally chosen to publish that screenplay, Atlantis Rising magazine might not even have been launched. It should surprise no one, then, that we continue to emphasize the possibility of underwater Atlantean remains in the Bermuda Triangle.
Over the years, we have watched for developments which reinforce the plausibility of our scenario, and there have been more than a few. Even the building of the world-famous Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas echoes a key story element of ours written over ten years before the fact. The name Paradise island, for example, was used in connection with a similar Bahamas resort development, in what we thought at the time was an entirely fictitious way.
For most who follow the subject of Atlantis in the Bahamas, though, the story focuses on the famous prophecy by Edgar Cayce, made in the 1920s, that the ruins of Atlantis would ultimately be rediscovered in the Bahamas. We could, he declared, expect the reappearance to begin in the late 1960s. When University of Miami scientist Dr. Manson Valentine located an apparent underwater pavement near Bimini in 1968, the Cayce prophecy made headlines. In the ensuing excitement researchers and media types from all over the world flocked to the area. The hoopla was short-lived though. The “experts” soon pronounced the “Bimini Road” nothing more than ordinary “beachrock,” hardly worth a second look. Very soon, anybody who dared to treat Valentine’s discovery, or Cayce’s prophecy, seriously was laughed off the stage. And there the matter has been put to rest.
Or has it?
As regular readers of this magazine know, archaeologists Drs. Greg and Lora Little, William Donato and other researchers working primarily on behalf of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), the Virginia-Beach-based Edgar Cayce organization, have continued to track the evidence, wherever it might lead, and have produced some startling results. Not the least of their discoveries is that the so-called debunking of the Bimini Road discovery is itself a virtual hoax. Greg Little reported the entire matter in AR #57 (See “Exposing a ‘Skeptical’ Hoax”). In their considerable studies the Littles have turned up extensive evidence that the location once served as a busy seaport, and did so long before sea levels approached their present height—in other words, thousands of years before humans are believed to have been capable of such highly organized effort. Moreover, Greg Little demonstrates, conclusively, that the conventional view, usually presented in the media, is based upon many false representations of the actual facts.
The significance of the Bimini Road discovery—establishing as it does the existence of anomalous prediluvian civilization—is difficult to overstate. That, however, is, apparently, only the beginning of the story. The Littles and their associates have continued to bring to light many astonishing artifacts throughout the area, particularly at Andros Island which are throwing conventional thought, if not into the trash heap of history, into, at the very least, confusion.
The following report filed with Atlantis Rising by Greg Little summarizes the latest work:
November 2006—Bimini Side-Scan Sonar Project
A November 2006 expedition conducted a side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiling project at Bimini utilizing an underwater exploration company. Archaeologist Bill Donato organized and conducted this project with support from the A.R.E. The side-scan sonar off west Bimini was done in a large rectangular area roughly two by five miles. The computer-assisted sonar yields bottom images that are similar to an aerial photograph showing contours and details of whatever may be on the bottom. While sunken ships, cargo, and unusual formations were found by this huge project, one finding, in particular, caught Donato’s attention. It was a series of uniform, consistently oriented, rectangular structures at a depth of 100 feet. Over a dozen of these building-sized formations were found by the sonar. They ranged in size from 5-20 feet by 10-25 feet. An effort was immediately made to dive to these sites; however, strong bottom currents made reaching them impossible. It is now known that the sea levels at Bimini in 10,000 B.C. were about 110 feet lower than today, so the presence of these rectangular formations at 100 feet was intriguing, to say the least. (Note that these were re-found and inspected in June 2007, which is described later.)
May 2007—Andros Exploration
Drs. Greg & Lora Little made a weeklong expedition in May to North Andros with Bahamas’ boat/dive operators Krista and Eslie Brown. The purpose of this trip was to conduct a wide, systematic survey of the Great Bahama Bank and explore the small islands just north of Andros. An aerial survey of a portion of the Great Bahama Bank was taken on the way to Andros to locate several intriguing dark features that had been previously seen from the air, but never directly investigated. Several of these features were found and the GPS coordinates of them were taken by the plane. All of these were then visited by boat.
Findings at Underwater Dark Features on the Great Bahama Bank
One of the most interesting dark features found on the Bahama Bank, dubbed the “tee and ball” by Lora Little, consisted of a several-hundred-foot-long dark formation shaped like a massive golf tee with a round dark “ball” at its top. It is located about 25 miles offshore. Found in an area where the seabed is white sand, the black formation on the bottom is formed primarily from dense turtle grass. These grassy areas are heavily populated by a wide variety of fish, turtles, and sharks. The “ball” next to the “tee” had a boat trailer dumped in it along with several huge tires. This type of dumping is done by Bahamas’ fishermen to increase the cover for fish. However, the long “tee” consisted of a line of scattered stone blocks, which allowed the buildup of turtle grass. The blocks are far too large for ship ballast and were not dumped into piles. All of the dark features on the Great Bahama Bank are in depths of 20-30 feet of water.
Two other dark formations on the Bank were also found to be formed from stone slabs. These also were far too large to be ballast stone for ships; however, all of them, including some that were elevated into large “piles,” were covered by a considerable amount of sand. More investigations of these dark features on the Great Bahama Bank are described later.
Andros Shoreline Investigations
Several miles of the shallow shoreline along North Andros were examined with a remote underwater video camera pulled by a cable on the boat. This revealed an area where massive slabs of stone were found to be lying on the bottom just off 50-foot-high sheer stone cliffs that are pounded by wave action coming off the deep “Tongue of the Ocean” trench running along east Andros.
A series of land expeditions, conducted with descendants of Seminole Indians who fled to the Red Bays area of Andros starting in the 1820s, were made. A curious dolmen-like formation was found in the pine jungle several miles from Red Bays. About a dozen caves, some of them quite large and deep, were explored. In addition, we became interested in three crashed plane remains we found. This is also described in a later section.
Discovery of the Underwater “Joulter’s Wall”
Numerous interviews with local residents of Andros were made. One resident told us about a huge, underwater wall that was located in shallow water on the small chain of islands known as Joulters Cays, about 7 miles North of Andros. Joulters is completely uninhabited, and data obtained during the past 20 years has shown that countless hurricane-driven tsunamis, 30 feet and higher, have swept across the islands. In the 1950s, an attempt was made to form a small community on the southernmost Joulters Island, but it was abandoned when a hurricane destroyed the small, wood-framed homes. All of Joulters is extremely shallow and boats with a draft of more than two feet cannot reach it.
From directions given by the locals, we found the underwater wall with Eslie and Krista Brown. We had to enter the area during high tide as we sped over a mile of water only one foot deep. We found the wall exactly as described by the Andros resident. She related that she had seen it twice. The first time, in the early 1990s, a large portion of the wall was intact. She saw it the second time after a severe 1990s hurricane and said that the eye of the hurricane hit that area and destroyed most of the wall and shoreline.
The wall was primarily made from square and rectangular limestone blocks that ranged in length from 3-6 feet, a width of 2-3 feet, and a thickness of 6 inches to 3 feet with some blocks far larger. The blocks are obviously cut and roughly dressed and tool marks are clearly visible. One area of the wall remains fairly intact and is found in water about 6 feet deep. Brushing the sandy bottom underneath the lowest tier of stones revealed more limestone blocks under the visible portion. How far down it extends is unknown. This section of the wall runs approximately 30 feet and is formed by the massive blocks stacked on top of each other with 2-3 layers of blocks visible. We found about 50 large stone blocks widely scattered in water around this intact portion as if they had been tossed around by huge waves. Another area of the wall may also be intact, but it is different. This section is made from identical blocks, but they form a nearly square area about 20 feet wide. In general, the top of this square formation is flat and has two layers of blocks. We later looked at this area on modern satellite images, and were astonished that the square area of blocks was quite visible. We found more of the blocks extending off the island in a line over 300 yards long. Most of these were almost completely covered by sand.
On the same island we found two small dams made from stone stuck vertically into the bottom. These dams were at the end of long tidal estuaries and were apparently used as fish traps. Bahamian fishermen related that they never built such traps and always used netting. On the other hand, it was a common practice by the Maya. On the next trip there we explored the island end to end. The island has black and white rock. Curiously, four red rocks were found. At the highest two points on the island, on wide and flat areas about 30 feet high, there were piles of small square and rectangular blocks. These seemed to be ideal as building materials, but they were lying in jumbled masses.
June 2007 Andros Expedition
Another week-long expedition to Andros was conducted in June by Greg and Lora Little accompanied by Greg’s 82-year-old father, Paul. The trip began with a more extensive aerial survey to identify more dark features in other areas of the Great Bahama Bank. Just over 20 of these were found and all but one were subsequently visited on boat along with the Browns.
Dark Underwater Features on the Great Bahama Bank
A wide range of findings were made while investigating 20 of the dark underwater features off Andros on the Bahama Bank. Some were formed from dumped bombs, dozens of propane cylinders, and appliances, while several others were formed from stone. One formation, a 500-foot-long form shaped like an eye, had the remains of an old wooden boat in a white spot in its center. Another 500-foot-long feature, also shaped like an eye, had the remains of a crashed plane in its white center. The plane may be a Cessna 210, upside down. A retractable nose wheel landing gear was removed and brought to the boat. Both of these formations were more than 40 miles offshore. In addition, we had obtained our own side-scan sonar, converted it into a portable unit, and used it to examine several of the spots formed from stone to determine the amount of stone and its layout. However, one of the underlying principles in the Atlantis Project is to find things that are definitive, thus these stone formations are of marginal interest to us.
Other Planes and a Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved
Three crashed planes, found on Andros, were investigated. One reason that Greg’s father Paul went was that he was a WW-II flyer (PBYs) and an experienced pilot. One plane, a DC-3, was reached after a grueling 2-hour trek through dense mangrove swamps. Another, the remains of a twin-engine Beech, was found at Morgan’s Bluff. We interviewed the individual who had dredged it from the bottom in 1989. Finding no bodies in it, he bulldozed it into the jungle. No investigation had ever been done. A host of serial numbers from plane parts were obtained and an FAA staff member is investigating them hopefully to determine the plane’s identity. The remains of a small plane’s tail, from a Cessna 172, was found at Red Bays. Investigation of the remaining ID on the tail showed that it was from a plane that reportedly disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in 1968—off Grand Turk. Curiously, the tail was found nearly 400 miles from where the plane disappeared, but the strong currents would have eventually carried it to that area where it eventually washed ashore. While we know this solves one Bermuda Triangle mystery, it doesn’t show the cause of it.
More Research at the Joulter’s Wall
Two more days were spent investigating the wall at Joulters Cay and exploring the islands. Clear water allowed us to take over 4 hours of underwater video of the wall. This time we also explored more of the blocks found further off shore. We believe the wall was at least several hundred yards long, but its purpose is completely speculative. We spoke to several Andros fishermen who were over 80 years old. None of them knew its possible purpose or who built it. One resident simply said, “It’s always been there.” The initial impression is that it might have been a retaining wall of some sort, but the entire area is so shallow that the bringing in of large boats or barges is simply impossible. We have also done extensive research in journals and magazines from the Bahamas, but it remains a mystery—an intriguing one.
June 2007 Bimini Expedition
An expedition to Bimini was conducted in late June to perform side-scan sonar on the known underwater formations there. Our side-scan sonar unit provides a high-resolution image of the bottom that allows precise measurements to be made on stone. Large portions of the Paradise Point Pier, first reported in 2006, which looks nearly identical to the Bimini Road (except it is well elevated off the bottom), has numerous stone columns scattered on it. We were also able to verify with the side-scan that complete and partial circles formed from huge stone blocks are present at Proctor’s Road. These appear to have been mooring circles, in use when the sea levels were about 8 feet lower.
Marble Building Remains Found
About 7 miles north of Bimini we were led by Krista and Eslie Brown to what appeared to be a small pile of stone in 28-feet of water. The side-scan sonar revealed that sand was actually covering a widely dispersed area of stone. We managed to completely clear off one of the coral-encrusted blocks and were astonished to see that it was actually an ornate, well-polished triangular apex of a building. It looked like the top of a temple. A small piece of the well-made slab was removed and it proved to be high quality white marble, shining like quartz in the sun. More work revealed long columns and beams of marble, some of which were over 15 feet long before their ends disappeared under the sand. Many other huge slabs of marble were found. It appeared that either one of two things was there. Either a marble temple had been built there and collapsed, or a boat carrying a marble temple had sunk there. But there was no evidence of a boat. Scouring written records a few days later, we found that in 1970, Richard Wingate had found the same formation and determined that a boat was under three layers of marble blocks and slabs. This is found in his 1980 book, Lost Outpost of Atlantis.
Donato’s Rectangles Investigated—Possible Building Remains Seen and Photographed
Utilizing our side-scan sonar and GPS, we quickly found the rectangular formations off Bimini in 100 feet of water, which Bill Donato first found in his November 2006 project. We dropped a weighted maker buoy directly into one of the rectangles. Eslie and Krista Brown dove the spot and explored the area, taking several photos. The rectangular forms consist of elevated stone on the bottom that has been covered by thick layers of coral. Several of the photos clearly show what seem to be building blocks, some of which are embedded vertically into the bottom. In short, these forms appear, at face value, to be building foundations of some kind. These rectangular forms lie uniformly on a ridge running for at least a mile and a 10-foot drop-off is adjacent to them. This drop-off leads to a narrow flat area that then descends quickly. Found about 10 feet above the 10,000 B.C. shoreline, they raise intriguing possibilities related to Cayce’s statements about Atlantis and Bimini.
Obviously, many of the finds described have to be thoroughly researched. A more extensive investigation into the underwater rectangular formations at Bimini is planned for the near future. A search for historical records of the underwater wall at Joulter’s Cay is ongoing. Preliminary exploration of the Berry Islands has already begun, but wasn’t described herein. It is anticipated that extensive explorations will begin in the Berry Islands in 2008 along with more expeditions on the Great Bahama Bank, both in air and on water. In addition, 2003 expeditions on Andros found at least 4 other crashed planes, but these were not directly investigated. Some of these may well be aircraft that “disappeared” into the Bermuda Triangle and in 2008 we should know if that is the case.