Antarctica Revisited

I wrote a piece about Antarctica and “civilizations beneath the ice” in February 2016. With the Antarctic Pyramids receiving a new round of attention these days, I thought it was a good time to revisit the issue. I updated the original post.

Antarctica Revisited

What lies underneath the thick layers of ice in Antarctica? What secrets are buried in the frozen wasteland? Though Antarctica is an austere, uninhabitable land today, has this always been the case? Could a civilization, perhaps an extremely advanced civilization, once have flourished here? Rumors and anecdotal evidence tell us that the possibility is very real.

What can we point to that would confirm that ancient civilizations may have existed on the southernmost continent? Though it cannot be considered evidence, there is a belief among many of a former continent called Atlantis that was catastrophically destroyed in a single day. Could current theories of Atlantis being located in the Caribbean or Mediterranean be incorrect? Could Atlantis have actually have been located in Antarctica? If not Atlantis, could the legends of Lemuria, a lost continent that predates Atlantis, be traced to Antarctica?

There is a belief system which suggests that the earth is hollow and that access to the subterranean world can be reached at the South Pole. This has spawned rumors of a Nazi cloning facility and base of operation for a future Fourth Reich. Of course, rumors also swirl of an extraterrestrial base in Antarctica. Some believe that UFOs originate from an advanced civilization inside the earth and access our skies through an opening at the South Pole.

Not Always so Cold

With the discovery of pollen in Antarctica, scientists have confirmed that in a previous time, palm trees once grew there. Scientists have also discovered various forms of bacterial life in an Antarctic lake. This is clear evidence that the continent has not always been the icy, frigid, inhospitable land that it is today.

Interestingly enough, there are also maps, derived from ancient source maps that show the Antarctic coast free of ice. The earliest that ancient cartographers could have drawn maps of an ice-free Antarctic coastline was about 6,000 years ago. Could portions of Antarctica have been inhabited then?

Perhaps, though, the best way to point to ancient civilizations on the Antarctic continent is through, of all things, pyramids.

Pyramids in Antarctica

Pyramids, mysterious structures built by ancient man, can be found all over the globe. Egypt, Mexico, Guatemala, China, Bosnia, Peru, Indonesia, and many other countries are home to pyramids. Though little is known about why ancient man went through the trouble of building the enigmatic structures, especially to such exact standards, one thing is clear—a culture existed on the earth long ago that built megalithic structures on every corner of the globe.

Pyramid construction might even expand far beyond the four corners of the Earth—Mars, the red planet, is thought to have pyramids in the Cydonia region that mirror the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. An intriguing theory suggests that Mars, once inhabited by people like us, was destroyed in a cataclysmic event. Surviving Martians came here, to Earth, and settled—reconstructing the massive monuments along the way. These Martian builders may have been active throughout the solar system. They may have also created unique structures on the Moon as well. According to Richard C. Hoagland, there are ruins on the Moon as well as Mars. Unfortunately, NASA has been involved in a cover-up for decades—hiding the truth from the citizenry.

While the Martian theories may sound over the top, or even nonsensical, the fact remains: If Antarctica was inhabited by people in the remote past, and some believe this to be the case, then we should not be surprised if pyramids were found there. In fact, that is exactly what we should expect.

Rumors hold that three pyramids were discovered in 2013 by a team of eight scientists from the United States and Europe. The story was first reported in the Russian media; about a year later, the story began showing up in the West.

Two of the pyramids were found about 10 miles inland, while the third was discovered close to the coast. If the stories are true, there is no dispute as to whether or not pyramids were discovered; rather, the question becomes are the pyramids manmade, or are they natural formations?


Figure 1: A picture of the enigmatic Antarctic pyramids. Are they manmade?


Figure 2: Judge for yourself; is this a natural formation or the remnant of a civilization lost?

Very little has been said about the spectacular discovery; both the scientists themselves and the media were conspicuously silent on the subject. About all that has been spoken on the matter is that a follow-up expedition has been planned in which scientists will try and determine whether or not the pyramids are man-made or if they are naturally occurring rock formations. However, as of this writing, a timeframe has not been set for the upcoming expedition.

Skeptics have been quick to declare that the structures are nothing more that mountains, albeit mountains with peculiarly smooth faces and remarkably pyramidal in shape. Despite much evidence to the contrary, much of the same tactics have also been employed to try and debunk the Bosnian pyramids, which came to fame in 2005.

Naysayers also point to the deafening silence surrounding the discovery as proof that the pyramids were not actually discovered at all—that the expedition in question never occurred. Some skeptics further state their case—that advanced civilizations were not present in Antarctica in the remote past; moreover, that humans have never inhabited Antarctica—by claiming that the climate has never been hospitable to modern man.

Those who believe that the peculiar formations are manmade are not easily swayed by the arguments of scoffers. After all, this would not be the first time that information—which would call into question all of the conventional theories of the history of man and demand a radical shift in the ruling paradigm—has been suppressed.

Today, mainstream archeologists stubbornly cling to established dates of many megalithic sites despite evidence that the structures could be, and probably are, much older. Take for instance the famed monuments of the Giza Plateau. Authors Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval, among others, have pointed to evidence, such as celestial alignments, indicating that the pyramids may be over 12,000 years old. Furthermore, Geologist Dr. Robert M. Schoch, a professor at Boston University, believes that the Great Sphinx may be up to 12,000 years old based on weathering patterns. In Schoch’s research, he found erosion patterns on the Sphinx that could have only been created by water—more specifically, prolonged periods of rainfall. Obviously, Egypt has had a desert climate for millennia; the Great Sphinx then would have to be much older than conventional archaeology teaches.

Some megaliths seem to be much older than what is taught; worse than that, other megaliths might even be attributed to the wrong builders! For instance, sites in the Peruvian Andes, such as Ollantaytambo and Sacsayhuaman, are said to have been built by the Incas despite evidence that suggests the Inca “moved into” the sites and occupied them, building on top of them, rather than constructing them from the ground up.

Across the border in Bolivia, high on the Altiplano, you will find the Pre-Columbian site Tiwanaku, near the shores of Lake Titicaca. One of the fascinating structures at Tiwanaku is the “Gate of the Sun.” Using the relatively new discipline of Archeoastronomy, the magnificent stone archway has been estimated to be as old as 17,000 years. However, the gatekeepers of orthodox Archeology insist that megaliths at Tiwanaku probably do not exceed an age of 3,500 years. The conventional theory holds that ancestors of the indigenous Aymara tribe built the massive structures. However, local Indian legends tell us that the city was built in one night in the most remote antiquity.

In Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson’s seminal work, Forbidden Archaeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race, it is clearly demonstrated that many anomalous archaeological finds that would upset the orthodoxy, have been systematically covered up. The book is full of examples of out-of-place artifacts. Meaning, artifacts, such as tools, have been found in geologic layers much older than modern man. According to the authors, evidence suggests that anatomically modern humans were alive deep into the Tertiary Period.

If Cremo and Thompson are right, then not only do archeological dates need to be reconsidered, but the entire pattern of human evolution needs to be rethought as well. It also means, for the purposes of this writing, that if modern man can actually be traced back millions of years, then it does not matter if Antarctica was completely uninhabitable for the entire duration of modern man’s existence—anatomically modern humans may have been around for many millions of years, and could have inhabited Antarctica when the climate was more suitable.

Ancient Maps

Antarctica, though not discovered until 1820, is prominently displayed on maps that were drawn centuries earlier. These maps particularly the Piri Reis and Oronteus Finaeus maps, borrow from earlier source maps of unknown origin. The question then becomes: who were the original cartographers who mapped the southernmost continent, when did they create the maps, and how was this knowledge handed down and preserved?

The Piri Reis map was compiled in 1513 by the Ottoman-Turkish admiral and cartographer Piri Reis. About a third of the original map exists today; the extant fragment is the western portion of the map. For the purposes of this book, the striking thing about the map is that it depicts the Queen Maud Land portion of the Antarctic continent in detail.

According to the notes on the map itself, Reis used eight Ptolemaic maps (and many other source maps) to compile his map. Did the Ptolemaic maps draw from extremely ancient sources stored in the library at Alexandria? This might be the case. After studying the Piri Reis map, as well as other maps, for a period of seven years, Charles H. Hapgood concluded that there had to have been an ancient, advanced civilization that created the original source maps from which other maps drew from. Hapgood published his findings in his book Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings.

Hapgood also theorized that the Earth had undergone a polar shift. According to Hapgood’s theory, around 11,600 years ago, a 15-degree pole shift occurred. This is significant—if true, then Queen Maud Land would have been located in a temperate to cold temperate climate; the ice-free coastline could have been mapped by an advanced before the polar shift took place.

Whatever one believes about old maps depicting Antarctica before it was discovered—whether it’s just coincidence, or if there is more to it—there can be no denying that it adds to the intrigue of the southernmost continent. Even more interesting, what if the polar shift idea that Charles H. Hapgood proposed is true? What possibilities exist for the history of Antarctica is much of the continent was free of ice less than 12,000 years ago?

A Mythical Homeland

Speaking of Antarctica and its ties to ancient civilizations inevitably leads  to the occultist beliefs of the Nazis. Much has been learned in the preceding decades about the strange beliefs held by the upper echelon of the National Socialist Party. These beliefs are rooted deeply in the occult and bizarre mysticism. One might wonder—how does Antarctica come into play? To answer this, the Thule and Vril Societies need to be examined—it is here where the idea originated that Antarctica was once the homeland of a race of Aryan “supermen.” That topic, though, is an entire post (or several posts) all to itself.

We do know that the Nazis explored Antarctica and mapped portions of it in the late 1930s. We also know that Nazi ideology did not fall with Berlin as the Red Army closed in on the city leaving destruction in its wake. A system so ruthless, an ideology so warped and twisted would not simply go away with defeat on the battlefield. It was not that simple.

It has been well established that after Germany’s defeat in World War II, many prominent Nazis escaped Germany, and later Europe—many fled to South America where they kept their twisted ideology alive and well. The suggestion has also been put forth that many Nazis, possibly even Hitler himself, escaped to Antarctica. If true, Admiral Byrd’s Operation Highjump (1946–1947) was not an Antarctic training exercise—it was a continuation of the Second World War—an attempt to root out the Nazis once and for all.

The rumors surrounding the enigmatic southernmost continent sound outlandish and unbelievable—Nazi bases? Alien bases? Hollow Earth? Ancient advanced civilization? Pyramids? Could there be a grain of truth somewhere in all of that???

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