Friday, January 25, 2013

The Piri Reis map

      The map to the right is called "the Piri Reis map," named after the Turkish admiral who said that, in the 16th Century, he compiled it from ancient maps that he had found.  The interesting thing is that the map accurately shows not only the western coast of Africa, which was well known at that time, but also an accurate rendition of the eastern coast, interior rivers and the Andes Mountains of South America, which was not well known at that time.  Most importantly, it accurately delineates part of the coast of Antarctica, which was completely unknown in 1513.  In point of fact, Antarctica wasn't even discovered by Westerner Europeans until 1818, 300 years later.
     The most interesting thing of all is the fact that the map shows the coast of Antarctica - as it looks without the mile deep covering of ice it currently carries.  

      USAF itself confirmed it.

8 Reconnaissance Technical Squadron (SAC)
United States Air Force
Westover Air Force Base
6 July 1960

Subject: Admiral Piri Reis World Map
To: Professor Charles H. Hapgood,
Keene College
Keene, New Hampshire

Dear Professor Hapgood,
     Your request for evaluation of certain unusual features of the Piri Reis World Map of 1513 by this organization has been reviewed.
     The claim that the lower part of the map portrays the Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land Antarctica, and the Palmer Peninsula, is reasonable.  We find this is the most logical and in all probability the correct interpretation of the map.
     The geographical detail shown in the lower part of the map agrees very remarkably with the results of the seismic profile made across the top of the ice-cap by the Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition of 1949.
    This indicates the coastline had been mapped before it was covered by the ice-cap.
     The ice-cap in this region is now about a mile thick.
     We have no idea how the data on this map can be reconciled with the supposed state of geographical knowledge in 1513.

Harold Z. Ohlmeyer
Lt Colonel, USAF

      What can be the scientific explanation for a map that shows Antarctica as it existed before it was covered with ice, even before recorded history?  Again, left over information from before the flood destroyed the earth and all its civilizations?
      Piri Reis was "considered an expert on the lands of the Mediterranean, and was the author of a famous sailing book, the Kitabi Bahriye, which provided a comprehensive description of the coasts, harbours, currents, shallows, landing places, bays and straits of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.".....

"The source maps Piri Reis used to draw up his 1513 map were in all probability lodged originally in the Imperial Library at Constantinople, to which the admiral is known to have enjoyed privileged access." - from Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock

     According to writing on the map itself, the map was compiled from earlier maps dating back to the 300's B. C.   The true mysteries of of this map were eventually discovered by Professor Charles H. Hapgood and revealed to the scientific community in his book, "Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings."
     Professor Hapgood said: "It appears that accurate information has been passed down from people to people.  It appears that the charts must have originated with a people unknown and they were passed on, perhaps by the Minoans and the Phoenicians, who were, for a thousand years and more, the greatest sailors of the ancient world.  We have evidence that they were collected and studied in the great library of Alexandria and that compilations of them were made by the geographers who worked there."
      It is highly likely that Piri Reis' Imperial Library had copies of these Alexandrian documents and maps.
     The history of navigation tells us that it was impossible to determine a ship's latitude (North to South position) in the Southern Hemisphere, before the 1700's. This was because the known method involved sighting the angle of the only fixed star - the North Star - which cannot be seen in the Southern Hemisphere because of the curvature of the Earth.
     Despite this handicap, these maps show amazing details and accurate latitude placement of many known islands along the southernmost coastlines of Antarctica! But this paradox of history was made even more astounding.
      Hapgood has proved that the Piri Reis map is plotted out in plane geometry, containing latitudes and longitudes at right angles in a traditional "grid"; yet it is obviously copied from an earlier map that was projected using spherical trigonometry! This tells us that, not only did the original map makers know that the Earth was round, but that they had knowledge of the earth's true circumference to within 50 miles! 

     This blog has been written with the sole purpose of using the ample evidence available to verify and support the biblical record, while refuting the copious propaganda that is shoved down our throats daily by materialistic uniformitarians. 
     It is my contention that the Bible describes God's original creation of people with extraordinary capabilities who subsequently created an advanced civilization that exceeds our own.  It was destroyed in the Great Flood and we have spent the last 4,500 years trying to re-build that civilization.  I contend that science supports all this in multiple disciplines, but this information is ignored or suppressed by people who have an opposing agenda.
     Nothing that you see on this blog is original.  Any fact that you see here is obtainable on a dozen different websites and books.  I use these facts and photos, without violating their copyrights, under the legal principle of fair use practice.  That is, I use them one time, for educational purposes only.
     The point is, nothing here is made up.  The only thing that I do (or need to do) is assemble this information in a discernible pattern. 
      You might want to read through the first entry posted on this blog (Past Remembering: Thoughts toward a coherent view of our ancient past, our present and our future) in order to understand my theoretical and theological underpinnings more clearly.
The truth is there.  You just have to see it.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 (NASB)
That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one might say,
“See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us.

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