>> Saturday, August 30, 2008
i first came across the odd story of the piri reis map while skimming the dubiously scholarly book by graham chapman, fingerprints of the gods, and it stuck with me as an interesting alternative history... or potentially revolutionary true history.
the map was found in the (marvelous) topaki palace in istanbul, it's from the 16th century and it seems to accurately map the coast of antartica... BEFORE antartica was ever officially sigthed, and even weirder, BEFORE it was covered in ice (as it says in the link to odd historical artifacts laura sent me, "so which civilisation between 13000 BC and 4000 BC were capable of such detailed cartography!")
here's what one researcher had to say about it...
"Dear Professor Hapgood,
Your request of evaluation of certain unusual features of the Piri Reis map of 1513 by this organization has been reviewed.
The claim that the lower part of the map portrays the Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctic, and the Palmer Peninsular, is reasonable. We find that this is the most logical and in all probability the correct interpretation of the map.
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 indicates the coastline had been mapped before it was covered by the ice-cap.
The ice-cap in this region is now about a mile thick.
We have no idea how the data on this map can be reconciled with the supposed state of geographical knowledge in 1513.
Harold Z. Ohlmeyer Lt. Colonel, USAF Commander"
anyway, here's the map... the wiki has more information: