Ancient Human Metropolis Found in Africa
By Dan Eden: http://mondovista.com/adamscalendarx.html
Condensed by Native Village
[Note from Native Village: This fascinating article is simply intended to share how interesting and unique our cultures, history and beliefs can be.]

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They have always been there, but no one remembered who made them -- or why. Until recently, no one even knew how many there were. Now they are everywhere -- hundreds of thousands of them! And the story they tell is the most important story of humanity...

An amazing discovery has been made in South Africa near Maputo: the remains of a huge city that measures at least 1500 square miles. It's part of an even larger community that is about 10,000 square miles.

It appears to have been constructed -- are you ready -- from 160,000 to 200,000 BCE!

 Google Earth: http://earth.google.com/

(A): The above photo is a close-up view of just a few hundred meters of the landscape. It's found on  Google-Earth at 25 37'40.90"S / 30 17'57.41E.
The scene is viewed from an altitude of 357 meters.
This randomly picked photo shows artifacts everywhere.
[B]: Visible are circular stone structures and many long roads between groups of circular structures.  
These structures are visible because of erosion.
[C]: Look closely "empty land" and you will notice faint circles. These are most likely dwellings buried beneath the surface.
In reality, the entire area is packed full of these structures and connecting roads. (
(D): Using Google Earth, zoom out and follow these roads. They extend for many miles.

While local farmers have often found these "circles,"  no one knew who made them or how old they are.

This changed when researcher and author, Michael Tellinger, teamed up with Johan Heine. Heine, a local fireman and pilot, had noticed these strange stone foundation from his years of flying over the region. He knew they were important.

"When Johan first introduced me to the ancient stone ruins of southern Africa, I had no idea of the incredible discoveries we would make in the year or two that followed. The photographs, artifacts and evidence we have accumulated points unquestionably to a lost and never-before-seen civilization that predates all others -- not by just a few hundred years, or a few thousand years... but many thousands of years. These discoveries are so staggering that they will not be easily digested by the mainstream historical and archaeological fraternity, as we have already experienced. It will require a complete paradigm shift in how we view our human history. " -- Tellinger

Where it was found

To see the number and scope of these ruins, use Google-Earth and start with these coordinates:

Carolina -- 25 55' 53.28" S / 30 16' 13.13" E
Badplaas -- 25 47' 33.45" S / 30 40' 38.76" E
Waterval -- 25 38' 07.82" S / 30 21' 18.79" E
Machadodorp -- 25 39' 22.42" S / 30 17' 03.25" E

Then perform a low flying search inside the area formed by this rectangle. Simply Amazing!

The area is valuable source of gold.

"The thousands of ancient gold mines discovered over the past 500 years points to a vanished civilization that lived and dug for gold in this part of the world for thousands of years," says Tellinger. "And if this is in fact the cradle of humankind, we may be looking at the activities of the oldest civilization on Earth."

Did gold play a role in the dense population that once lived here? The site is only 150 miles from an excellent port where trade may have helped support such a large population. But remember -- we're talking almost 200,000 years ago!

The individual ruins [below] are mostly stone circles. Most are buried in the sand and can only be seen by satellite or aircraft. Some were exposed when the changing climate blew away the sand to reveal the walls and foundations.

"I see myself as a fairly open-minded chap but I will admit that it took me well over a year for the penny to drop, and for me to realise that we are actually dealing with the oldest structures ever built by humans on Earth.

The main reason for this is that we have been taught that nothing of significance has ever come from southern Africa. That the powerful civilizations all emerged in Sumeria and Egypt and other places. We are told that until the settlement of the BANTU people from the north, which was supposed to have started sometime in the 12th century AD, this part of the world was filled by hunter gatherers and so-called Bushmen, who did not make any major contributions in technology or civilization." -- Tellinger

A Rich and Diverse History

When explorers found these ruins, they thought they were 13th-century cattle corals made by nomadic tribes who settled the land. Today, it's believed they are the remains of ancient temples and astronomical observatories of lost ancient civilizations.

These circular ruins are spread over a huge area.  Many are almost completely eroded or are covered by soil movement from farming and the weather. Some survived enough to reveal their great size -- almost 5 feet high and over a meter wide.

Looking at the entire metropolis, one can see that  this was a well-planned city developed by a highly evolved civilization. The many ancient gold mines suggests the reason for this location.  Roads extended up to 100 miles and connected the community and terraced agriculture. It closely resembles those found in the Inca settlements in Peru.

How could this be achieved by humans 200,000 years ago?

How the Site was dated

Once the ruins were examined, researchers wanted to learn the age of this lost civilization, but nothing could be used for carbon-14 dating. Then, a chance discovery led to the answer and sent chills down the spines of archaeologists and historians.

Next: Page 2: The Dating of the Site

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Page 2: The Dating of the Site
Page 3:  Who Made This?
Page 4: The Legend of "Atrahasisi" (The Origin of Modern Humans)