Cuba's Sunken City

On December 6, 2001 a Canadian exploration company announced they had made a startling discovery off the west coast of Cuba and within 75 miles of the Yucatan. Using side-scan sonar equipment they identified a large underwater plateau “with clear images of symmetrically organized stone structures that looked like an urban development partly covered by sand,” the researchers told reporters. Published reports from Havana quoted Russian-born Canadian Paulina Zelitsky and her associates with the British Columbia- based Advanced Digital Communications (ADC) that new explorations with a miniature submarine have reaffirmed the existence of large stone structures apparently created by an unknown civilization thousands of years ago.

Zelitsky and her company first gained widespread attention several years ago with discovery of the sunken U.S. battleship Maine at 3700 feet near Havana harbor. The curiosity of the world was again captured in Spring of 2001 when the group reported finding an underwater city in the depths of the Caribbean. The “lost city” is submerged under 2,100 feet of water off the Guanahacabibes Peninsula on the Caribbean island’s western tip. It is the team estimated that the mysterious structures were built at least 6,000 years ago. This would make the site the oldest urban center in the world.

The Research Vessel "Ulises"

According to Reuters, on July 2001 ADC and its Cuban partners, operating from their research ship “Ulises”, deployed a remotely operated underwater vehicle. A robot called a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) was sent down to film the structures that lay over a 7.7 square mile area. The images produced by the ROV at that time were cited in December as revealing huge smooth granite-like blocks in “perpendicular and circular formations, some in pyramid shapes.” According to researchers most of the blocks, measuring from 6.5 to 16 feet in length, were exposed and stacked one on top of the other. Some were covered in a fine white sand found throughout the area. In the previous report the area had been described as looking like an urban development with the shapes resembled pyramids, roads, bridges and buildings from above.

Who built this ancient city?
In Paulina's opinion the complex belongs to 'the pre-classic period' of Central American history, and was populated by 'an advanced civilization similar to the early Teotihuacán culture of Yucatán'.

In his report on the formations, a geologist and director of research at Cuba's Natural History Museum, Manuel Iturralde noted that conclusive proof of man-made structures on the site could reinforce some oral traditions of the Maya and native Yucatan. These people still retell ancient stories of an island inhabited by their ancestors that vanished beneath the waves similar with the legendary lost continent of Atlantis.

Andrew Collins the author of "Gateway to Atlantis" proposed that the mechanism behind Atlantis' destruction was a comet impact which devastated the eastern Atlantic coast of America, causing literally 500,000 elliptical craters, known today as the Carolina Bays, sometime around 8500 BC (+/- 500 years). Fragments of the comet falling in the Western Atlantic basin, north of the Bahamas, would have created tsunami tidal-waves perhaps hundreds of metres high. These would have drowned, temporarily at least, large parts of the Bahamas and Caribbean, as well as many low-lying regions of the eastern United States.

Myths and legends told by the indigenous peoples of the Bahaman and Caribbean archipelagos, when the Spanish first reached the New World, spoke of just such a cataclysm. They said that the waters suddenly rushed in and drowned the great landmass, breaking it up into the individual islands seen today. Yet in the thousands of years which it took for the ice fields to melt in full, the sea-level rose only 300 metres (some estimates place it as much as 400 metres). “If the 'city' does lie in 600-700 metres of water, we will need to propose a suitable geological mechanism in order to justify its submergence to this depth post 9000 BC. Either that, or we will have to define a geological time-frame in which the land plateau, with its volcano, fault lines and river was above sea-level,” said Andrew.

While no one knows how to place the Cuba discovery within a familiar geological context, it seems clear that, the site is indeed artificial, its age is more likely to comport with Plato’s dates for the sinking of Atlantis, 9500 BC, than with any orthodox geology. If so, the find could be the most important of our time.

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