Ancient ruins found in the middle of the Pacific ocean could be remnants of a legendary race

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.

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Ancient city discovered in Micronesia could be Atlantis

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:

Previous estimates indicated the powerful city was established in 1300 CE. But new dating indicates that the structure began construction by 1180 CE and housed the chief’s body just 20 years later. This pushes back the establishment of the powerful Saudeleur dynasty more than 100 years earlier than previously thought.

As explained by the lead scientists:

It now looks like Nan Madol represents a first in Pacific Island history. The tomb of the first chiefs of Pohnpei is a century older than similar monumental burials of leaders on other islands. To me, in its prime, Nan Madol was a capital. It was the seat of political power, the centre of the most important religious rituals, and the place where the former chiefs of the island were laid to rest.

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The ancient city, Nan Madol, is built atop a coral reef on the island Pohnpei in Micronesia

These ancient ruins in the middle of the Pacific ocean could be the remnants of a legendary race.

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