Ancient ruins in the middle of the Pacific ocean could be the remnants of a legendary race…
Clips from a Science Channel series reveal images of a mysterious location just off the coast of the tiny nation of Micronesia.
The remote island of Pohnpei is home to Nan Madol, the largest archaeological site in Micronesia. Yet very little is known about the area and the ruins that reside there.
The ancient city was built atop coral reef on the island Pohnpei and consists of a series of canals and large stone walls. Archeologists believe Nan Madol is the first burial site of such massive scale to be built on the Pacific Islands.
Indeed, the largest structure, the tomb of the first Saudeleur, is 262 feet by 196 feet and more than 26 feet tall, with walls six to 10 feet thick on the outside. The interior is made up of a maze of walls and walkways, with an underground crypt. The huge stones were being transported from a volcanic plug on the opposite island to build the tomb.
This 3D scan of Nandauwas Islet shows the tomb of the first chiefs to rule the island of Pohnpei: