Maps of Hidden Places

This is the Piri Reis Map, which is a genuine document, not a hoax of any kind, that was made at Constantinople in AD 1513. The lower part of the map portrays the Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land Antarctica, and the Palmer Peninsula.

The geographical detail shown in the lower part of the map “agrees very remarkably with the results of the seismic profile made across the top of the ice cap by the Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition of 1949.”

This means that the coastline had been mapped before it was covered by the ice-cap.

“We have no idea how the data on this map can be reconciled with the supposed state of geographical knowledge in 1513.” -Harold Ohlmeyer Lt Colonel, USAF, after evaluating features of the Pirir Reis World Map.

The best recent evidence suggests that Queens Maud Land, and the neighboring regions shown on the map, passed through a long ice-free period which may not have come completely to an end until about six thousand years ago.

Piri Reis could not have acquired his information through explorers of his time because Antarctica remained undiscovered until 1818, more than 300 years after he drew the map.

Piri Reis himself said he based the map on even older maps.

Map making is a complex and civilized activity.He argued that some of the source maps used, in particular those said to date back to the fourth century BC, had themselves been based on even earlier sources.

Many of these maps that Piri Reis used as his sources, along with many other historical evidence were burned to ash when the great library of Alexandria in Egypt was burned to the ground by the Romans.

The ice free coast of Queen Maud Land shown in the map has remained one of the biggest mysteries to geologists because evidence confirms that the latest date it could have been surveyed and charted in an ice free condition is 4000 BC.

There has yet to be an explanation for who or what could have had the knowledge and technology to make an accurate map six thousand years ago, well before the development of the first true civilizations recognized by historians.


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9 Responses to Maps of Hidden Places

  1. Tara says:

    This is amazing!

  2. Anthropophagi says:

    No, no, and no! Sorry to rain on the parade but there is a very simple explanation for this. If you look closer at the map you will see that in the very top left is the Alhambra in Granada in Spain. The map as it is shown above is orientated incorrectly according to modern standards. Medieval ‘mappa mundi’ were always orientated towards the East as that is where they supposed the Garden of Eden to lie. So North in the picture above actually meant East to the mapmaker. So the land at the bottom of the map as shown above is actually the Americas and at the top you can see Africa. Check out some real scholarship relating to the Piri Reis map and you find that Charles Hapgood’s calculations that made this fit to Antartica were tenuous at best. That does not negate the fact that it is still an incredibly interesting artefact. For example, to the far left you can see a depiction of the legend of St. Brendan’s voyage to America and his encounter with the whale while at the very bottom of the map you can see some of the Monstrous Races who quite often featured on medieval maps, where they placed in Asia and Africa, relocated to the Americas.

    • TheTaoOfD says:

      this is a map of the Antarctica before the ice cap formed. mathematically it matches up and makes sense…

      • Anthropophagi says:

        No its not and in most cases Hapgood’s calculation do not match up, rather they have been rotated to be made to fit. The problem lies with Hapgood’s ‘source maps’ which work under the assumption that whatever original source maps Piri Reis used were accurate and that any errors in the Reis map itself came as a result of copying and combination. Hapgood removed errors from the PR Map by fitting it to modern maps and accounting for inconsistencies by adjusting his hypothetical “source maps”. The claims of accuracy apply only to these “source maps” constructed by Hapgood and not to the Piri Reis map itself.

        Check out this book by a real historian, who specialises in cartography. Gregory McIntosh, The Piri Reis Map of 1513, (London and Athens, 2000). He puts it far more eloquently and forcefully than I can. However, as an early-modern historian myself with a side research interest in medieval mappa mundi I feel I should give some explanation, as this map, a large 18th century of which sits on the wall of my study, is incredible without needing to invent things about it. So here goes…

        1. Hapgood, and those who followed him, ignored the marginal notes on the map. These notes are very revealing in that Piri himself tells us how the map was constructed and what sources were used for it. He actually tells us, for the region that so many suppose to be Antartica, he uses a map recently drawn by Portugese who were blown off course in the South Atlantic. Also the rest of the map is a bit of a mess by modern cartographic standards. If thats the case how come Antartica is drawn with such supposed accuracy?

        2.This leads into another error made by Hapgood. He makes the assumption that Antarctica was not discovered by Europeans until several hundred years after the maps were made. It must be admited that Antarctica was not officially discovered until 1820 by Nathaniel Palmer, but it is highly likely that it was at least sighted earlier than that. For example, the Johannes Schöner Globes of 1515 and 1520 show the Straits of Magellan and Antartica before their ‘official discovery’. Indeed, from antiquity it was believed that a southern continent must exist to balance out the land in the north, the “orbis terrarum”, or known world. The Greeks were aware of the existence of lands near the Artic and that a great expanse of land existed between them and the bounds of Ocean in the North, and this needed balancing out. A Greek historian called Theopompus was the first to write about a large southern land before others named it Antarktos ie. opposite the Artic. The Romans took this idea up and named it Terra Australis Incognita, or “the unknown southern land”. Indeed, a southern continent can be found on several early world maps and globes, with notable engravings such as “Terra australis nondam cognita,” or “southern land not yet known”.

        3.As for the ice-free claim…. there is so much scientific evidence to refute that I could be here until next week…..

        The source for this claim is a report from one Colonel Ohlmeyer. However, both Ohlmeyer and Hapgood all made serious errors that undermine the conclusions they arrived at. They both assume (incorrectly) that the sub-glacial topography of Antarctica is the same as its ice-free topography, when it fact it is not. The weight of the immense amount of ice has in fact depressed the Antartic continent. If the ice was removed what would happen is what I believe is called isostatic rebound wherein the subglacial topography is raised substantially. Sea-levels due to melting ice also need to be taken into account. Thus, the topography and coastline which Hapgood et al. claim match an ice-free Antartica would actually be different. There is also abundant evidence that Antartica has not been ice-free for millians of years

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  4. nucking futs.

  5. breakinbadd says:

    where the hell did you find this?! this is crazy!

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