The Piri Reis Map
An Ancient Mystery

When it comes to history, like the Piri Reis map, modern academia has a penchant for believing only what they themselves find to be true, and are to quick to dismiss others opinions. This map may be the proof needed to explain what many outside academia have believed for some time, that the world as we know it, may have been traveled and settled many hundreds of years earlier than what is being taught in our schools.

Piri Reis Map

In 1929 the Piri Reis map was discovered in Turkey. A Turkish Admiral and cartographer Piri Reis drew the map in 1513. Piri Reis stated that his map was an assembly of twenty different maps from the time of Alexander The Great. The map shows the western third of the world. It was drawn on parchment.

What is particularly interesting about this map is the coastline of Antarctica. Apparently this map shows the coastline of Antarctica without glaciers.

Charles H. Hapgood

Charles Hapgood was a historian, geographer at the University of New Hampshire. In the middle of the 20th century, Hapgood along with his students began to study the Piri Reis map. In 1966 he published a book, “Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings”, and startled the world of history and academia with his conclusion that our modern technology of using seismic sounding data and sonar was the only way to determine the coastline under the ice glaciers in Antarctica. The other way would have been to survey the coasts when they were ice-free. According to Hapgood, the last time the particular area shown in the Piri Reis map was free of ice was more than 6000 years ago. This geography would have been unknown to the ancient sea travelers.

Could This Map Have Been Drawn Prior To The Ice Age?

Hapgood theorized that an ancient culture with seafaring and mapping skills surveyed the entire earth in the ancient past. They drew maps, which could have been copied through many generations. Hapgood believes that the only way the Piri Reis map was drawn to show the coastline of Antarctica without ice, was to have been drawn before the ice age.

Hapgood also claims the map supports his claims with an analysis of the mathematics of ancient maps and of their accuracy, which he says surpassed instrumentation available at the time of the map's drafting.

Hapgood suggested that because the Piri Reis map was drawn from many maps, the Caribbean section was rotated nearly 90º from the top of South America.

He argued this to either copying from a polar projection, or to fit in the space available by attaching the map at that location and giving it an "alternate north". In any event, the Piri Reis map is a treasure that sheds a new light on ancient history.

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