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The Lost Pyramids of Guimar

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« on: May 29, 2008, 12:02:09 am »




Sadly, Ra sank shortly before completing its epic voyage (due to human error at the design stage) but had sailed far enough to prove Heyerdahl’s theory. Less than a year later, Dr Heyerdahl tried the same voyage with the smaller (12 meter) Ra II, a scale model of which can be found at the Parque Etnografico. Parque Etnografico is the open air museum that Dr Heyerdahl and shipping magnate Fred Olsen built at Guimar to preserve the pyramids and the valuable research for future generations. This vessel also sailed from Safi and crossed the widest part of the Atlantic, from Safi to Barbados, a distance of 6100 kms in 57 days.

What these epic journeys had shown is that ancient people did have the technology to navigate huge stretches of ocean successfully. If Dr Heyerdahl’s theories are correct, then it is clear that those same seafarers might have been responsible for the construction of the pyramid complex discovered at Guimar on Tenerife. Dr Heyerdahl and others involved in the project believed that the Guimar pyramids could well be evidence of pre-European voyagers who sailed the Atlantic in ancient times, and that they may have forged a link with the pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas or conversely, evidence of pre-Colombian seafarers who made contact with the Islands on their way to Europe. The idea that Europe might have been discovered by South American people is of course a subject bound to fuel debate, but in light of Guimar, it has to be a serious consideration. If Peruvian explorers first travelled across the Pacific and settled in Polynesia, is it possible that Tenerife was settled in a similar way and that the Peruvian pioneers built their temples and pyramids along similar lines as to the ones they had left back home?

Few scholars endorse the idea that American Indians navigated the oceans in the way Thor Heyerdahl suggested and discount the hypothesis largely on linguistic, genetic and cultural grounds, all of which point to the settlers having come from the east, not the west. However, none of the scholars have come up with a convincing explanation as to how the Canary Isles ended up with their own step pyramids.

In the 1980s, Dr Heyerdahl directed the excavation of South America's largest pyramid complex, Tucume, in Peru, where researchers found reliefs of bird-headed men navigating reed ships, this is often cited as further evidence that men sailed along the Pacific coast long before the Spanish conquest

Dr Heyerdahl suggested that the Guimar pyramids, which were constructed using local black volcanic stone, were built using techniques similar to pyramids found in Mexico, Peru and ancient Mesopotamia. The pyramids are flat-topped like the majority of the South American pyramids, where the flat-topped stepped platforms often had a small temple on the top, not unlike the ziggurats of Mesopotamia. Egyptian pyramids, with the exception of the stepped pyramid at Saqarra which is one of the earliest ones, were largely smooth faced and sharply pointed.
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