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Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings

27 April 2013
Ancient history

There are lots of sites and articles on the web devoted to Charles Hapgood's Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings. We now have another site to explore the issue and it is worth having a look at – go to www.diegocuoghi.it/Piri_Reis/PiriReis_eng.htm

We haven't done much on Hapgood's maps here at SIS – just a few comments here and there. Peter Fairlie-Clarke included them in a poster presentation at one of the Cambridge conferences and so it is opportune that this site has cropped up in order to get a handle on them. See variously http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/piri-reis-atlant…http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/more-maps-of-anc…http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/piri-reis-map-co…http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/piri-reis-again….

One of the maps appears to show the Falklands Islands before they were officially discovered and the same map shows the tip of South America joined to Terra Australis Incognita, which is interesting as two dutch sea captains reached Java by sailing throught the straits at Tierra del Fuego prior to Magellan (1615) and again, its official discovery. Unfortunately for the two dutchmen, when they reached Java they weren't believed, as the idea of Terra Australis Incognita was too embedded in belief, and they promptly jailed as charlatans – or worse (their discovery threatened to upset the contemporary route of transit and the people that controlled the trade via that route). It was considered impossible, and this map seems to reflect that belief.

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