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Yonaguni Redux

‘Tis the week for alternative history theories – in the wake of the Bosnian Pyramid resurrection, and the news about the ‘Second Sphinx Theory‘, we now have Reuters reviving the debate over the site of Yonaguni, in a new article titled “Japan researcher says has found an Asian Atlantis” (video story attached, with footage of the site). Marine geologist Masaaki Kimura claims that it is likely the strange formations found under the water at Yonaguni are the remnants of a ruined, sunken city which may have inspired the legend of Mu.

I mentioned some correspondence with geologist Robert Schoch yesterday concerning the Bosnian Pyramid resurrection, but funnily enough, all three of the ‘alternative archaeology’ stories this week touch on subjects that Robert has investigated in person – the Sphinx, the Bosnian Pyramid, and Yonaguni. As such, I asked his opinion on the new stories (about the Second Sphinx Theory and Yonaguni), and this was his reply:

Concerning Yonaguni, Kimura seems to be saying the same thing he was ten or more years ago, and I don’t see anything in the piece to make me doubt my own conclusion that it is primarily or almost totally natural. Certainly it is not a lost city. Concerning the Two Sphinxes article, I have previously heard (and even toyed with) the notion of a second “Great Sphinx,” but I have yet to be convinced. In this article it appears to me that it is being suggested that the second Sphinx would have been near the known Great Sphinx on the eastern edge of the plateau, perhaps next to the so-called Valley Temple. If there was a second Sphinx, I feel it might have been located on the western side of Giza (perhaps in an area now deeply buried with sand).

Thanks to Robert for his input on these ‘new’ stories.