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Without knowing our origins, how can we know who we are? Evidence, Traditions, and numerous pieces of evidence suggest that we possess an incomplete picture of the early stages of human civilization. With some modern technology, it’s possible that entire civilizations have come and gone. At the very least, human culture lags far behind in comparison to recognizing its historical roots. There are many mysteries of lost civilizations in our ancient past, but traces of this past can be found in hidden cities around the world, ancient structures, cryptic hieroglyphics, artwork, and much more.

Here are the first 10 intriguing pieces of our history, lost civilizations. They are submerged in various degrees of mystery and doubt, but they are all fascinating nonetheless.”

1. Grand Canyon’s Egyptian Treasures

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Grand Canyon’s Egyptian Treasures

 Arizona Gazette’s April 5, 1909 edition featured an article titled ‘Explorations in Grand Canyon: Remarkable Finds Indicate Ancient Oriental Migration.’ According to the article, this expedition was financially supported by the Smithsonian Institute, and it uncovered artifacts  of lost civilizations that, if confirmed, could rewrite conventional history of lost civilizations . Inside a cave were discovered ‘solid tablets with hieroglyphics,’ bronze weapons, and statues of Egyptian deities and mummies.

While intriguing, the veracity of this story is in doubt since the site was never rediscovered. The Smithsonian has disavowed all knowledge of the expedition, and numerous failed attempts to locate the cave have been made. Was the article merely a hoax?

Researcher/explorer David Hatcher Childress writes, ‘Although it cannot be conclusively denied that the entire story is an elaborate newspaper hoax,’ the fact that it appeared on the front page under the prestigious name of the Smithsonian Institution and provided such a detailed narrative that spans multiple pages makes it difficult to dismiss as a mere fabrication.”

2. Age of the Sphinx and Pyramids

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Pyramids near Cairo, Egypt

 Most Egyptian experts believe that the Great Sphinx, located on the elevated Giza plateau, is nearly 4,500 years old. However, that number is not just a belief, a theory, or a fact.

As Robert Bauval states in “The Age of the Sphinx,” “No inscription existed—none, not a single one—either etched onto the walls or on stelae or written on papyrus” that connects the Sphinx to that time. So, when was it constructed?

John Anthony West challenged the widely accepted age when he noted the vertical weathering, which could only result from prolonged water exposure, possibly due to heavy rains. In the middle of the desert? Where did the water come from? It turns out that there were heavy rains in this region nearly 10,500 years ago! This would double the currently accepted age of the Sphinx. And intrigues one to ask about the roots of those civilizations.

Bauval and Graham Hancock have calculated that the Great Pyramid is likely around 10,500 BC – predating Egyptian civilization. This raises questions: who built them, and why?”

3. Nazca Lines

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Lost Civilizations

Those famous delicate lines, known as the Nazca Lines, are found in a desert about 200 miles south of Lima, Peru. They consist of approximately 37-mile-long and one-mile-wide straight and geometric lines and figures that have astonished the scientific world since their discovery in the 1930s. The lines are perfectly straight, some running parallel to each other, while others intersect, creating a maze-like pattern reminiscent of an ancient airport runway.

Erich von Däniken suggested in his book ‘Chariots of the Gods’ that they are actually runways for extraterrestrial craft, as if they needed runways. The figures etched into the ground, featuring more than 70 large personalities of animals, including a monkey, a spider, a hummingbird, and others, are even more intriguing. The mystery  of one of these  lost civilizations lies in the fact that these lines and figures are of such a large scale that they can only be recognized from high above. (They were rediscovered in the 1930s after being lost due to accidents involving early aircraft.) So, what is their significance?

Some speculate that they have an astronomical purpose, while others believe they served religious ceremonies. A recent theory even suggests that the lines lead to sources of valuable water. The truth is, no one knows for sure.”

4. Location of Atlantis 

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Location of Atlantis

There are as many theories about the real location of Atlantis as there is spam in your email inbox. The legend of Atlantis comes from Plato, who wrote about the beautifully advanced, grand-sized island around 370 BC, but its location remained limited and ambiguous. Many people, indeed, conclude that Atlantis never truly existed and was merely a myth.

For those who believe it did exist, they have scoured nearly every corner of the world for evidence or at least clues for discovering information about lost civilizations. Edgar Cayce’s famous predictions suggested that remnants of Atlantis would be found near Bermuda, and in 1969, near Bimini, geometric stone shapes were discovered, seemingly confirming Cayce’s prophecy. Other proposed locations for Atlantis include Antarctica, Mexico, far from the coast of England, and possibly even off the coast of Cuba (see below). Author Ellen Ford has proposed that Atlantis was not an island but a sunken continent. Disputes and theories will continue until someone unveils a sign that reads, ‘Atlantis, Population 58,234.'”

 

5. Code of Lost Civilizations: The Maya Calendar

 

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Maya Calendar one of lost civilizations

Maya’s calendar has cast a long shadow on many people. Perhaps, the fear stems from the grim prophecies made in the year 2000. All the anxiety revolves around Maya’s ‘Long Count’ calendar coming to an end on a date that corresponds to our December 21, 2012. What does it signify? Is it one of lost civilizations? Does it mean the end of the world through some global catastrophe or war? A new era’s commencement, a fresh beginning for humanity? Such predictions have a long history of not coming to fruition. 2012 came and went, but some still ponder if there was more to the prophecy – that 2012 was merely the beginning.”

6. Japan’s Underwater Ruins

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Japan’s Underwater Ruins

Okinaawa, located on the southern coast of Japan, hides mysterious structures beneath 20 to 100 feet of water, possibly crafted by some ancient, lost civilizations. Some suggest that the large, tire-shaped formations may be of natural origin.

Then, at the end of the next summer,” writes Frank Joseph in an article for Atlantis Rising, “another diver was astonished to see that large stone blocks had been beautifully joined together to form a grand archway or gateway, in the style of the Parthenon, submerged in the waters of Okinawa. On the other side of the lazy sea, in the Andes Mountains of South America, similar structures are found in their cities.” This confirms that these are human-made structures.

In architectural terms, these include solid roads and pathways, shapes resembling large sacrificial altars, staircases leading towards narrow plateaus, and procession routes, which ascend to great heights via specially engineered joints. If this is indeed a submerged city, it is quite massive. It has been suggested that this could be one of the lost civilizations of Mu or Lemuria.”

7.Voyages to the Americas

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Voyages to the Americas

We have all been taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America. However, what  he taught us was that Columbus initiated a formal European invasion of America. Indeed, long before Columbus, people had “discovered” the Americas. What is now called Native American civilization had been here for centuries before Columbus arrived, and there is ample evidence that other civilizations had already defeated Columbus here as well. It is widely accepted that Leif Erikson successfully journeyed to North America in the year 1000.

Interestingly, there are examples suggesting that ancient cultures and lost civilizations sought out the Americas. Greek and Roman coins and pottery have been found in America and Mexico. Egyptian statues of Osiris have been found in Mexico, which do not provide any information about the discovery of the Grand Valley mentioned above. Ancient Hebrew and Asian artifacts have also been discovered. The truth is that we know very little about the early, distant civilizations.”

8. Sunken City off Cuba

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Sunken City off Cuba

  In May 2001, a fascinating discovery of one of the lost civilizations was made by a Canadian company, Advanced Digital Communications (ADC), far away from Cuba. They were mapping the depths of the sea in the regional waters of Cuba. Sonar readings, taken 2,200 feet below the surface, revealed something unexpected and quite astonishing: a geometric pattern of stones arranged in a way that resembled the ruins of a city. ADC’s Paul Weinzweig remarked that what they had was a mystery. “Nature couldn’t have built anything so symmetrical. This isn’t natural, but we don’t yet know what it is.” A sunken city of great proportions?

National Geographic expressed significant interest in the lost civilizations and later became involved in subsequent research. In 2003, a remotely operated mini-submarine was sent down for a closer look. ADC’s Polina Zelitsky stated that they had seen a formation that appeared to be a potentially significant urban center. However, making any definitive claims before obtaining concrete evidence would be entirely irresponsible. Further discoveries are on the horizon.”

 

9.Mu or Lemuria Lost Civilizations

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Mu or Lemuria

It is sometimes referred to as Lemuria, is one of the legendary lost civilizations, much like Atlantis. According to the legends of many islands in the Pacific Ocean, Mu was a paradise-like continent that once existed somewhere in the depths of the ocean and sank thousands of years ago, along with all its beautiful inhabitants. Similar to Atlantis, the debate continues as to whether it actually existed and, if so, where it was located. In the 1800s, the founder of the Theosophical movement, Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, believed it was in the Indian Ocean. Mu’s ancient inhabitants have become favorite subjects for channels, who transmit their enlightened messages to the present era.”

10. Caribbean Underwater Pyramids

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Caribbean Underwater Pyramids

One of the most intriguing stories of discovering the lost treasures of a forgotten or  lost civilizations comes from Dr. Ray Brown. In 1970, during a scuba diving expedition near the Barry Islands in the Bahamas, Dr. Brown claimed to have seen a “pyramid shining like a mirror” that he estimated to be 120 feet tall, even though he could only see up to 90 feet underwater. The pyramid was made of colorful stone and was surrounded by the ruins of other structures. In one chamber, he found a crystal held in two metallic hands. At the top of the crystal was a metal rod with a multi-faceted, red, gem-like jewel.

Dr. Brown said he took the crystal, which appeared to possess remarkable, mystical powers.

Brown’s story may sound fictional – it’s quite spectacular. However, it ignites the imagination about all the hidden secrets of lost civilizations waiting to be rediscovered.”

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