Bimini Road

The so-called Bimini Road, became known as the Bimini Wall, is an approximately 800 m long structure made of limestone blocks in the shallow waters off the west coast of present-day belonging to the Bahamas island of North Bimini.

" Discovery " story

1940 claimed the U.S. medium Edgar Cayce in a trance prediction that in 1968 or 1969, the remains of Atlantis off the coast biminis were found. In 1957, the Franco- American inventor Dimitri Rebikoff, a pioneer in the development of underwater technology, attention is drawn to an enormous structure made of large stone blocks of local fishermen during a visit to Bimini, which is in the coastal waters off Paradise Point - in the west of North Bimini - is located.

Rebikoff was the first who assumed an artificial origin of this structure. Popularized this assumption in September 1968 by the marine biologists and Cayce pendant J. Manson Valentine, of the formation, which is now the name Bimini Road was, in his search for relics of Atlantis with Robert Angove, as well as with the legendary apnea diver Jacques Mayol examined and made ​​it a topic for the media.

Dispute Bimini Road

In the field university research came the suggestion in the structure at the Paradise Point if it were a man-made system, from the beginning to rejection. So states the doctrine of Ancient American, The Bahamas were probably first settled in the 4th century AD by the Lucayan Arawaks. Previously, no one had lived there, who could build such a structure. And therefore a much older origin meeting criticism, because the ground is made of coral reefs, which may be only a few hundred years old.

Geologically, the stones have been interpreted as a classic, cushion-shaped rock formation Beach as part of a natural geological formation, so as Geofakt. This is the conclusion arrived at any rate - largely independently of each other - four teams of specialist scientists in studies that were made 1971-1980. Exposed esters proponent of this view is the geologist Eugene A. Shinn, who led a study of the object on behalf of the U.S. Geological Survey in the 1970s.

In the area of non-conformist and cross- scientific research, the validity of the Geofakt thesis was always questioned, but especially the quality of the work Shinn, which was already questioned early carefully and later even met with vehement criticism.

Proponents of adopting an artificial character of the Bimini Road refer also to successes own field research. Thus spoke the American English language and literature professor David Zink after ten underwater expeditions, the first in 1974 was made, the belief that the megalithic components of the system were aligned by people.

Also, the anthropologist and underwater archaeologist William M. Donato and the Atlantis researchers Greg Little ( a doctorate in psychology ) are convinced, after numerous expeditions that the formation may not be of natural origin. They also found another previously unknown fragments that were presumably exposed by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. In November 2005, Little presented the results of a previous, carried out jointly with Donato, excursion in the form of documentation with which they regarded as definitely proved the artificial nature of the Bimini Road. Shinn and archaeologist Marshall McKusick accused is to have published a series of articles in which they presented in the Summary of Shinn's research results to Bimini inaccurate and misleading results.

As to the former function of the putative plant before Paradise Point, so no one goes in alternative research community has long been assumed that there had been with her at a road as her popular that have become name suggests, or the remains of a wall. Rather, it is generally assumed today that it is the remnant of an ancient port facility, an assumption that Dimitri Rebikoff had expressed as early as 1969.

As to who were their builders, but there are quite different ideas. While Donato, Little et al assume there had been among them were members of a lost, ancient civilization, the writer and amateur historian Gavin Menzies hypothesized in his controversial book 1421st Year China Discovered the World, that they stranded Chinese travelers could have been built.

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