Ancient ruins in the middle of the Pacific Ocean could be the remnants of a legendary city or dare we say….Atlantis.
The remote island of Ponapei is home to the archaeological site of Nan Madol, yet very little is known about the area and the ruins that reside there.
(Editor’s note: As a former senior executive of Bank of America, the Editor of Philippine Sentinel has visited Ponapei many years ago because the East Caroline Islands was part of his area of responsibility. He has actually seen the ruins of Nan Madol, including some Flight Attendants of Air Micronesia who were bathing nude in a popular beach in the Caroline Islands.)
The city appears to be sitting on top of a lagoon and consists of a series of canals and large stone walls.
Studies published by Research Gate show that the complex could date back to the first or second century AD but little has still yet to be verified about Nan Madol.
Images of the site can still clearly be seen via Google Earth.
Last year, FOX News published a report stating that the site could date back to around 1180.
This was after a team of researchers lead by Mark McCoy of the Southern Methodist University in Texas analysed findings on the island.
McCoy is quoted by FOX News as saying:
“It now looks like Nan Madol represents a first in Pacific Island history. The tomb of the first chiefs of Ponapei 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.”
(National Geographic Magazine)