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« on: July 04, 2007, 10:54:07 pm »

The ARE's Search For Atlantis—2007 Summary: Part One of Three

Bermuda Triangle Yields Secrets

By Dr. Greg Little
The "Bermuda Triangle" is a vast expanse of islands and ocean covering nearly 500,000 square miles. The term is typically applied to the area enclosed by a triangle starting from Miami, Florida, to Puerto Rico, to Bermuda, and back to Miami. The Bermuda Triangle Organization lists 125 incidents of disappearances (until 2002) of planes and the disappearance of 94 ships/boats within the Triangle, with the first ship report from 1780. A large portion of the Bahamas lies within the Triangle.

The small Bahamas island of Bimini, lying only 50 miles from Miami, has been the location of several ship and plane disappearances and has also received intense scrutiny for possible archaeological remains. But Andros Island, the largest of the Bahamas islands lying 100 miles from Bimini, has been given little attention by archaeologists or Bermuda Triangle researchers. Bimini lies in what many consider to be the "focal point" of the Bermuda Triangle, but Andros, especially North Andros, is also within the Triangle and has been the location of numerous disappearances. This report, the first of three, focuses on the unexpected discovery of planes linked to the Bermuda Triangle mystery.

The Association For Research & Enlightenment's Search For Atlantis

Beginning in 1968, intense exploration in the Bahamas was conducted by members of the ARE (Association For Research & Enlightenment) following reports made by Dr. J. Manson Valentine of the discovery of an underwater structure found off Andros and then another stone formation at Bimini. Exhaustive investigations made in recent years by archaeologist William Donato, Dr. Lora Little, and the present author have conclusively shown that the underwater stone structure lying off Bimini is the remains of a ancient harbor. In addition, a similar structure was found at Andros and another harbor was found about a mile from the first Bimini formation in 2006.

In late 2006 and in May and June 2007, a series of expeditions were conducted in the Bahamas, which performed extensive side-scan sonar at Bimini as well as near Andros and several areas on the Great Bahama Bank. Results from the side-scan sonar will be more fully presented in a forthcoming article, scheduled for August 1, 2007. However, the most interesting finds from the sonar and subsequent follow-ups revealed rectangular formations lying in 100 feet of water off Bimini, several unusual stone formations 20+ miles out on the Great Bahama Bank, and the "rediscovery" of an underwater "mass" of fully dressed marble beams, an exquisite marble building apex, marble columns, and numerous huge, rectangular flat slabs of white marble. The most puzzling results included the discovery of an underwater wall off a small, uninhabited island North of Andros. This wall was constructed from huge blocks and slabs of limestone. One section of the wall remains partially intact and consists of three-to-five layers of stone blocks. While this research has been conducted under the title of "The ARE's Search For Atlantis," two facts should be noted. First, nothing has been found in the Bahamas that is linked to the "historical" Atlantis. But some archaeological evidence has been found, which leads to the second point. That is, there is genuine evidence pointing to the existence of an unknown, somewhat sophisticated maritime culture operating in the Bahamas during ancient times. Finding more definitive evidence of this maritime culture is our primary focus.

 

Above: A few of the more than 20 dark features identified and located by air and then visited on water. Photos: © 2007 by Dr. Lora Little & Dr. Greg Little.
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2007, 10:56:50 pm »

Planes & Boat Remains

An aerial survey performed over the Great Bahama Bank in June 2007 by Drs. Lora and Greg Little was designed to identify the precise location of previously photographed dark, underwater formations. Many writers, including Charles Berlitz, had published a few photos of these seemingly enigmatic formations suggesting they could be the ruins of buildings. Our aerial survey identified approximately 20 of these formations in an area bounded by the upper 10 miles of Northern Andros extending 45-miles (west) onto the Great Bahama Bank. With the help of Eslie & Krista Brown, Bahamas boat and dive operators, we managed to directly visit all but one of these as well as several others. In addition, we explored a host of small islands and a wide area of North Andros. (An August 1 and September 1 report will detail all of the finds not reported herein. We are awaiting a variety of test results.)

One of the largest and most interesting forms visited on the Great Bahama Bank was approximately 35 miles off Andros lying in 20 feet of water. Taking the shape of a dark "eye" with white sand outlining it, the center of the formation showed a round white spot. From the air, it is a stunning view and the formation is nearly 500-feet long. In the white center spot of the formation we found a plane, turned upside down. The plane was completely buried under the sand, but a retractable front landing gear was sticking out from the bottom. It was removed and brought to the surface by Eslie Brown. The "Electrol" gear was subsequently investigated and was probably used on a Cessna 210-J. (Final verification is pending.)

Another massive dark spot that was investigated, about 30-miles off Andros and measured at over 500-feet, also takes on the appearance of an eye with a center white spot. The remains of a wooden boat were found in the center with the outline of small, well-polished ballast stone found in the sandy center. A few long pieces of decayed and rotted wood were found in the sand.

Because of the discovery of the underwater plane, we subsequently investigated three more crashed plane remains on land on Andros. One, a DC-3, required a several hour trek through dense and muddy mangrove swamps. The plane, as it turned out, was local in origin and its history is known.

More wreckage—a tail assembly of a small plane—was found at Red Bays. Locals pulled the remains out of the water many years ago after it came ashore, but no one recalls any investigation of the wreck whatsoever. Several of the plane's ID numbers (N-number) partly remain on the tail. These were: N148xF. The only portion of the "x" that was visible could well have been a "3" and the number "1" was only partly visible.

The most intriguing plane found on land was found at Morgan's Bluff. Investigation eventually led us directly to the individual who first recovered it. This man was using a dredge at Morgan's Bluff in 1989 to deepen a channel where a large tanker comes daily to ship water from Andros to Nassau. The man recalled that when he dragged the plane up, there were no human remains in it, so they simply pulled it to the bank (out of the way) and then used a bulldozer to push it into the nearby jungle. No one knew its origin, however, several locals believed that it had crashed into the deep Tongue of the Ocean between Andros and Nassau and gradually drifted until a storm moved it to the Morgan's Bluff area. All outer ID numbers on the plane were gone, destroyed when the aluminum was literally torn to pieces by all of the violent actions subjected on it. However, we managed to find a manufacturer's ID plate on an internal part showing the part was made in 1960. The plane was a 2-engine Beech, similar to Beechcraft made in the 1950s.



Above: Marble building apex in 28 feet of water. Photos: © 2007 by Dr. Lora Little & Dr. Greg Little.



Above: DC-3, which crashed in shallow water on Andros. Photos: © 2007 by Dr. Lora Little & Dr. Greg Little.

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Preliminary Speculations

It must be stressed that a tentative ID has been made on only one of the planes found and we have no idea whatsoever about the identity of the wooden ship remains. The plane found on the Great Bahama Bank appears to be a Cessna and the landing gear is consistent with those used in a Cessna 210-J. The location of the plane's remains is on a line between the "Andros Town" airport and numerous East coast Florida airports. Examination of the master list of plane disappearances published by the Bermuda Triangle Organization shows that a Cessna 210-J disappeared on October 4, 1983 after it left Andros Town for Ft. Pierce, Florida. However, only a positive identification, by uncovering the tail to reveal the plane's N-number, would prove whether this is that plane or not.

The N number on the remains of the plane at Red Bays creates an intriguing problem. The clearly visible numbers Nx48xF, added to those that were less clear (N1483F), match a plane reported missing in 1968. On May 29, 1968 a single engine Cessna 172 radioed to Grand Turks that it was low on fuel and then the pilot reported that the engine had stopped. The plane was assumed to have crashed into the water and both the 30-year old pilot and his passenger were missing. Nothing was ever discovered from the plane nor were any bodies found. The wreckage we found at Red Bays, consisting only of the tail section, is consistent with that of a 1966 Cessna 172, the same model that disappeared in 1968. But Grand Turks is more than 400 miles from where we found the plane wreckage. Yet, the northwesterly movement of water through the Old Bahama Channel, to the Santaren Channel, to the Gulf Stream makes this seemingly unlikely event plausible. In addition, no other planes on the list of planes disappearing in the Bermuda Triangle match the numbers we found.

The exact identity of the 2-engine Beech plane found at Morgan's Bluff is as yet unknown. Unfortunately, there are at least three disappearances of 2-engine Beech planes in that area that could fit the information we presently have. However, we have two different metal ID tags from parts in the plane wreckage that we are using to base our search upon.



Above: Front landing gear taken from plane found in center of a dark spot 35 miles off Andros. Photos: © 2007 by Dr. Lora Little & Dr. Greg Little.



Above: Tail wreckage of plane found at Red Bays in Western Andros. Photos: © 2007 by Dr. Lora Little & Dr. Greg Little.

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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2007, 11:01:29 pm »

More Planes—More Boats

A 1980 report on the area near Bimini where the marble was found on the bottom describes three wrecks as present there. However, we cannot find an official record of these in the registries of wrecks kept by the Bahamas. Nor can we find any information on the wooden boat remains on the Bahama Bank. We have had contact with an underwater archaeologist residing in Europe who has expressed an interest in working with the ship wrecks and we will notify Bahamas officials of the precise location and the nature of the find.

In 2003, we made an extensive aerial survey of all of Western Andros and filmed (from the air) plane wreckage of at least 4 other aircraft either in shallow water or inland in uninhabited and remote mangroves or mud flats. Locals immediately attribute such planes to drug runners and that may well be the case with some of them. While identifying anything that would remotely relate to Bermuda Triangle disappearances was never our intention, we believe that identifying the planes we have filmed on Western Andros might solve the fates of a few aircraft that have been reported to be lost and may bring some emotional closure to some families who suffered losses. An expedition to these planes is in planning for the near future.

One of the major reasons for issuing this article (with the focus on the planes) is a hope that someone else might be able to use the specific pieces of information we have accumulated to identify the aircraft. We have many detailed photographs of all the planes (including numbered parts). If you have such expertise or know of someone who does, contact me.

Note: Drs. Greg & Lora Little will be presenting the full results of the 2006-2007 Bimini and Andros expeditions at the Annual Ancient Mysteries Conference in Virginia Beach, VA on October 6, 2007. Film and photos of all the finds will be shown.

The next expedition, designed to visit wrecks on West Andros and investigate more formations on the Bahama Bank, will take place in early 2008. Next month's article will focus on the results from side-scan sonar.





 Above: Wreckage of a 2-engine Beech found at Morgans Bluff on Andros. Photos: © 2007 by Dr. Lora Little & Dr. Greg Little.

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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2007, 06:53:52 pm »

Great information. Thanks!

Here are some more great links to the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.

http://personalweb.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=personalweb&cdn=compute&tm=19&gps=100_355_1276_623&f=00&su=p284.8.150.ip_&tt=14&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.greatdreams.com/bermuda.htm

http://personalweb.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=personalweb&cdn=compute&tm=107&gps=195_297_1276_623&f=00&su=p284.8.150.ip_&tt=14&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.crystalinks.com/bermuda.html

http://personalweb.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=personalweb&cdn=compute&tm=156&gps=163_243_1276_623&f=00&su=p284.8.150.ip_&tt=14&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.castleofspirits.com/bermuda.html

http://personalweb.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=personalweb&cdn=compute&tm=209&gps=127_189_1276_623&f=00&su=p284.8.150.ip_&tt=14&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.fortunecity.com/roswell/warminster/167/

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Here is the latest results on the ARE's (2007) Search For Atlantis Project:

http://mysterious-america.net/bermudatriangle0.html

Another post will be made on August 1 and September 1, 2007 detailing more results.

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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2007, 07:32:03 pm »





Ahem, Des:

Dr. Little was here earlier.  He posted on "Theories and Speculations".  He only had the link, why

not move this there?

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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2007, 03:26:22 am »

Nah, two threads on Greg's work are better than one!

Thanks for the links, KTCat, I'll be that some of those planes Greg found have something to do with the Bermuda Triangle disappearances.
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2007, 11:49:40 am »

Here is the most recent article, which details the work at Bimini:

http://mysterious-america.net/bimini2007.html

A cautionary note: lots of people are getting excited about the white marble building ruins we found, but I believe, as we relate in the article, that these building materials were being carried by a boat. (They are possibly an actual Greek temple, disassembled and shipped to the USA.) It is a remarkable coincidence that they are off Bimini, given what Cayce said about temple ruins in shallow water at Bimini. On the other hand, we believe that the rectangular formations also described in the article are actual building foundations 100-feet below the surface—at the 10,000 BC shoreline.

Due to so many requests, we have posted a series of detailed photos of the planes discussed in the July article: http://mysterious-america.net/planeresearchers.html

The most definitive evidence from our research will be issued Sept 1: an underwater stone wall 9 miles north of Andros.

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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2007, 01:33:26 pm »

Hi Greg,

A really interesting find:





I can see why people are getting so excited about it. A Greek temple transported from Europe to North America?  Were ships ever in the habit of doing that?

There were also columns found when the Bimini Road was discovered in the late 60s.  How far is this temple away from them?  It sounds like this may have been all part of the same complex at one point.
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Discoveries at Bimini: Columns, Marble Building Ruins, and Possible Building Foundations in 100-Feet of Water

By Dr. Greg Little




In part 1 of these reports, the discovery of planes reportedly missing in the "Bermuda Triangle" was detailed. This article describes the finds at Bimini. Part 3, scheduled for posting on September 1, 2007, will detail the 2007 archaeological research at Andros, including the discovery of a huge underwater wall off a small island north of Andros as well as results from land expeditions on Andros and more investigations on the Great Bahama Bank.

Bimini—The small Bahamas island of Bimini, lying only 50 miles from Miami, has been the focal point of intense investigations by the Edgar Cayce organization—the Association for Research & Enlightenment (ARE), headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. ARE members began explorations at Bimini in the 1950s, following clues given in the Cayce readings. However, the earliest expeditions at Bimini were fruitless attempts to discover gold that Cayce related was at the small island. Several 1920s readings stated that 120,000 gold coins were hidden on Bimini and a huge gold vein was about 15-feet below the surface at the inlet between North and South Bimini islands. A series of drilling samples were taken on Bimini in an attempt to discover the gold and other mineral deposits in the inlet area and surprisingly, attempts to "verify" the gold continue to the present. No gold has been reportedly found, however, it is probably questionable whether such a report would be made even if it had been found.

The A.R.E.'s Search For Atlantis Project is not related to the search to verify Cayce's Bimini gold.

The present thinking in the ARE's Search For Atlantis Project is that evidence of an ancient maritime culture has been found at Bimini, Andros, and Cay Sal Bank in the Bahamas. The project has widened its scope in an effort to find definitive evidence of this culture.

With the 1968 announcement of the discovery of the Bimini Road, which is a 1900-foot long J-shaped formation of stone in shallow water off Bimini, interest in Bimini intensified. While early researchers enthusiastically accepted the Bimini Road as ruins from Atlantis, a few skeptics, most claiming backgrounds as geologists, have made a contrary assertion. They claimed that the Bimini Road is the natural remains of a massive slab of beachrock that simply fractured in place and eventually settled to the bottom. Their "proof" was the following:

1. That there are no slabs of stone sitting squarely on top of each other. Our 2005 research proved this was untrue, finding and photographing numerous huge slabs squarely placed into multiple tiers.

2. That there are no tool marks on any stones. Research by archaeologists Bill Donato and a subsequent verification in 2005 also showed that this was not true. There are numerous mortise stones present at the site.

3. That there are no prop stones or leveling blocks under any of the huge blocks. Research in 2005 and 2006 also showed this to be false. Under the watchful cameras of an NBC News film crew making a documentary, we removed numerous rectangular slabs of stone from under the large blocks as well as a large wedge stone, which was used as a leveling block. These were later brought to the surface for examination.

4. That cores from the blocks showed that the stones had been part of the same massive natural formation, specifically that the internal structure of the stones could be traced from one stone to the next. This aspect was not directly investigated by our group. However, inspection of the actual published reports by the skeptics showed that this was not the actual finding. The initial report clearly indicated that there were great differences between areas of the cores and that they were not, in fact, matched from one stone to the next. We found that the subsequent reports, all of which were supposedly based on the first one, simply altered the description of the findings to fit the idea that all the stones matched. Two years ago we exposed this hoax.

5. That all the Bimini Road stones were beachrock, a naturally developing coarse limestone. The idea that all of the literally thousands of stone blocks at Bimini are beachrock comes from a few stone samples, but has been conclusively disproven by a host of researchers. However, the geologists claiming that all the stones are beachrock implied that beachrock would not have been used as harbor construction material. In the Mediterranean, dozens of ancient harbor formations have been found and virtually all of them used beachrock to construct breakwaters, quays, and jetties. In fact, beachrock is the most likely construction material that would have been used. It is at or near the shoreline, easy to cut, and plentiful. The skeptics did not compare any of the ancient harbors in the Mediterranean to the Bimini Road.

In essence, our research showed that the Bimini Road was actually the remains of an ancient harbor with the stone formation serving as a breakwater and quay. The discovery of dozens of stone anchors there, with obvious rope grooves on them, has verified that there were ancient harbor formations in use. In 2006, an additional harbor works was found about a mile from the Bimini Road. (It was cleared of sand and exposed by a 2006 hurricane.) Dubbed the "Paradise Point Pier," it appeared to be elevated off the bottom and was constructed from piled stone blocks and also seemed to have numerous "columns" on its surface. While the ARE's Search For Atlantis Project had expanded well beyond Bimini, there were several areas around Bimini that merited more investigation. The findings are summarized below.
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Above: Double & triple tiers of blocks at the Bimini Road.







Above: Underneath a large block of the Bimini Road, this photo shows how rectangular slabs were used to level the large blocks and provide support.









Above: Rectangular support stone removed from underneath a large block of the Bimini Road.
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2006-2007 Bimini Expeditions

In late 2006 and in June 2007, two expeditions were conducted at Bimini. The first was an extensive high-tech project conducted by Bill Donato in November 2006. Both sub-bottom profiling and side-scan sonar were utilized at several areas. A final report has yet to be issued. However, Donato has released some of the findings from the side-scan sonar results in deeper water to the west of Bimini. Donato's project found a line of intriguing bottom structures a few miles west off Bimini at a depth of 100-feet. The computer assisted sonar revealed numerous rectangular features on the bottom. These formations were all aligned the same way, oriented as if they were small buildings sitting by a shoreline. An immediate effort was made to dive to the features using the gps obtained by the sonar scan images. However, as this is near the Gulf Stream, there were strong bottom currents that constantly pushed Donato and Krista Brown off the area. After receiving the images from the commercial underwater exploration company he utilized, Donato sent us the relevant images with the gps locations. Our findings at the site are detailed in the next section.

Donato's Bimini exploration also devoted a day to exploring the Paradise Point Pier area. He found numerous stone anchors on the breakwater formation—exactly as should be found on an ancient harbor formation. In addition, we believe that there may be columns there, identical to the columns reported at the inlet between North and South Bimini islands. (The earlier columns found at Bimini were of two types: fluted marble and cement.) There may be many of these columns present at the Paradise Point formation as they appear on our film of the formation.

The importance of these columns is directly related to their use at ancient Mediterranean harbors. For example, the Roman harbor at Cosa had a long breakwater constructed from large slabs of beachrock and other rubble. Littered on the surface of the breakwater are dozens of cement and fluted marble cylinders identical to those at Bimini. It is not being suggested here that the Bimini formation was a Roman harbor, only that the construction techniques used at Bimini were also employed in the construction of ancient Mediterranean harbors. Beyond that link, the identity of the builders remains speculative. The columns appear to have been added to the breakwater top as rubble to rebuild the structure as it deteriorated over time.

In June 2007, Drs. Greg and Lora Little conducted an expedition to Bimini accompanied by Krista and Eslie Brown. The purpose of the trip was to conduct side-scan sonar of the Bimini Road, the Paradise Point Pier, and the line of stones known as Proctor's Road. In addition, we planned to investigate the site of Donato's underwater rectangles and a stone formation 7-miles north of Bimini. We have obtained our own side-scan sonar unit, built it into a fully portable model, and utilized it to identify and examine a host of underwater features.

Proctor's Road is a mile-long line of stones to the west of the Bimini Road, near the North Bimini shoreline. Previous research had shown that there were five complete or partial stone circles there, formed from huge stone blocks arranged into circular patterns. These are perhaps mooring circles, a method of ship mooring utilized at several ancient Mediterranean harbors, including the previously mentioned Cosa harbor. The side-scan sonar was used to measure and analyze the circles. We were able to identify several of these with the side-scan. In addition, the side-scan sonar was used to obtain a complete image of both the Bimini Road and the Paradise Point Pier. When the images were obtained, sand had covered wide portions of the Bimini Road.
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Above: Portion of Bill Donato's side-scan sonar image showing rectangular forms at 100 feet.






Above: Column or stone cylinder lying on the top of the Paradise Point Pier breakwater.
    
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Marble beams and slabs with the marble building apex found 7 miles North of Bimini.
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