Nan-Madol is considered one of the most bizarre buildings of antiquity. The construction of this city without Windows and doors, located on a tiny Pacific island Ponape, took 250 million tons of basalt, which is comparable to the construction of the great pyramid in Egypt.
Some basalt beam in size and weight more than any of the two million blocks in the pyramid of Cheops. Nan-Madol long abandoned, its walls came down through dense mangroves, suggest a superstitious terror to the people who now live nearby.
In the age of discovery sailors from Spain, Portugal, Holland and England, returning from distant voyages, and told many incredible stories about the wonders of the Pacific Islands. Scholars usually consider such stories ordinary sailor tales. Not many believed the history of Spanish captain Alvaro Saavedra, who in 1529 told about the wonderful island Ponape, which lies between the Hawaiian archipelago and the Philippines. Saavedra claimed, the island has ruins of temples, palaces, strange large buildings, stone embankments. According to him, the abandoned city resembling Venice.
Almost three centuries geographers considered Ponape legend until the island during the circumnavigation of 1826-1829 on the sloop -senjavin” not visited Russian sailor Fedor Petrovich Litke. It was he who first made maps of the island, described his mysterious ruins and mapped the neighboring Islands. Examining the ruins, Litke was convinced: the residents have long left the city, and only on the opposite side of the island in primitive conditions, was inhabited by a handful of natives. Unfortunately, all information about Ponape collected Litke, lost in the archives of the Russian geographical society and never fully published.
In 1857, the ruins of Nan-Madol superficially explored American Gulik. and a little later – pole Tops, who settled on the island and made the first relatively detailed plan of the mysterious ruins. In the end
The nineteenth century to Ponape got English adventurer and adventurer Christian, who subjected the ruins of Nan-Madol of the present plunder, and he nearly died at the hands of local residents who wanted to avenge the desecration of venerated ancient tombs.
The first serious archaeological investigation of Nan-Madol later took German scientist Paul Hambruch, who found that all the islets in the lagoon have an artificial origin. He charted 92 such artificial Islands, channels between which are literally teeming with electric eels. By 1914 Hambruch and other researchers have found that just Nan Madol was about 800 stone structures, including walls and Harbor construction. The main temple was built of megalithic blocks. Around all buildings unknown constructors built five-meter height wall of cyclopean masonry.
According to aboriginal Hambruch found that once ruled the tit Sau Deleur, who became the founder of the dynasty of the fifteen kings or priests. Allegedly they belonged to the merit of erecting these buildings. He wrote the legend of the islanders of the main goddess of Nan-Madol – the tortoise Nano-Susan. For it was built a Palace with a swimming pool, and the very goddess adorned with mother of pearl. During the holidays the priests took her on a boat along the canals and her name shouted divination. Then the goddess roasted and ate solemnly. Americans in 1958 at the bottom of the wetland pond inside the temple found thousands of shells of such goddesses.
Already at that time archaeological discoveries on Ponape caused a lot of fantastic hypotheses. Some researchers have argued that the island discovered the remains of the legendary Atlantis; others saw in stone houses traces of colonial-Inca supposedly having come to the island from Peru.
Expressed the hypothesis that Ponape was an Outpost of the Egyptian pharaohs in the Pacific. Over time, other popularizers of science reach that will be announced construction of Nan-Madol out by the ubiquitous aliens.
I must say that in 1946 Ponape became a protectorate of the USA, after which he was declared a closed area – on the neighboring Islands planned nuclear weapons tests. During the Second world war the island was occupied by the Japanese. But only after 1958, when American archaeologists were allowed to begin research of NAS of Madola. due to the stories of the natives, it became known that during the occupation the Japanese were excavated in many parts of the island, something found and taken away.
The islanders told about any metal objects, sculptures and sarcophagi. The Americans then sent an official request to Tokyo, but the Japanese authorities responded that they did not know about this. However, over time it became known that the Japanese managed to detect in the ground between the walls of a large number of coffins made of pure platinum. According to one report, the sarcophagi were hollow inside, on the other – they rested body unusually tall people.
On a large scale the Americans worked on the island until 1986, making it over time many archaeological discoveries. On 58 Islands in the lagoon, they discovered the tomb of the priests and tribal leaders. In the study of the tower called Nan-duvas the scientists were in for a surprise: a large tunnel, pierced in the coral limestone, leaving under the waters of the lagoon.
It turned out that all the man-made island in the lagoon connected the network of underground corridors and caves. At depths of 85 and about 100 feet near the island were found fallen to the bottom of the stone columns and some masonry structures. The design of these could be part of the embankment surrounding the NAS-medal of the city, but. 12 thousand years ago.
Later an Australian researcher David Chail accommodation-dres and his team discovered the underwater boulders off the coast Ponape the same crosses and squares, which were photographed by Japanese divers off the coast of the famous island of Yonaguni.
And at the end of the eighties a researcher who is interested in magnetic anomalies in basalt beams Nan-Madol, put the pocket compass kodney of massive walls. -The arrow was spinning and spinning without stopping” – recalls Childres.
Where typhoons are born
The strange electromagnetic phenomena peculiar to the ruins of Nan-Madol, have paid attention the first European colonists. Nights were often visible running down the walls electric shocks, fireballs and some glow. The natives believed and did these walls something like the abode of evil spirits, and among them operated a strict taboos to visit Nan-Madol at night.
When in 1907, the German Governor of the Marshall Islands by the name of Berg visited Ponape, we laughed at the native superstitions. Wanting to dispel the silly prejudices, he went to sleep among the ruins. The next morning, Berg was found dead. Doctors were unable to determine the cause of death, but most likely it was caused by the electrical anomalies.
Curiously, about 340 miles South-East of the island is Ponape Cora. where there are ruins of very similar structures of magnetized basalt, bearing the name of Insar. The same embankments, walls, and cyclopean buildings of basalt beams. The only difference is that the ruins Insar European colonizers in the early XX century turned into a quarry and thus caused them irreparable damage. That, however, did not stop in our time American researcher Frank Joseph to pay attention to the fact that Ponape, and Cora are located in the place of the Pacific ocean, most frequently arise where powerful typhoons.
Because modern science links the occurrence of typhoons not only with changes in temperature, but also with electromagnetic phenomena plan, Joseph suggested that in ancient times Nan-Madol and Insar impacted high-altitude atmosphere, like a modern American or Russian HAARP installation “Sura”. They forced the nascent typhoons there to shed rain and lose their strength, eliminating the metropolis – Atlantis – from their destructive impacts. In the immensely distant from us epoch they probably represented a more complicated than now complex, from which time has left only stones. Much later, according to radiocarbon Dating, in the XIII century on Ponape again there are people. But they were already not knowing even ceramics savages.