Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - All across the world there are many underwater structures that still remain unexplored. Beneath the waters of our oceans and lakes lie sunken buildings, roads, entire cities, pyramids and artifacts belonging to long lost and forgotten civilizations.
Why have these submerged ruins not been properly investigated?
There are remarkable, artificial underwater structures beneath the waters of Rock Lake, Wisconsin but unfortunately for many years these prehistoric ruins have been ignored by researchers.
Although the lake is at least 10,000 years-old, no scientist wanted to seriously consider the possibility that 3,500 years-old ruins could actually exist at the bottom of the lake. Yet, something is definitely resting there.
Over the years, due to climate changes it was occasionally possible to catch a brief glimpse of the lake's bottom. The first known discovery occurred in the early 1900s when Claude and Lee Wilson announced that their oar struck the apex of a pyramid about six feet below the lake's surface.
Several attempts were made to locate the unknown structure, but they all failed. Newspapers ignored the discovery and the Milwaukee Herald even referred to it as mass hysteria.
About 35 years later, a couple of divers detected other underwater structures beneath the surface of Rock Lake. Charles E. Brown, director of the Wisconsin Historical Museum and Earnst F. Bean, a geology professor became interested in this discovery.
The divers were asked to investigate the underwater ruins, but their results could not offer anything that would shed more light on the mysterious submerged structures.
People who participated in the investigation of Rock Lake were ridiculed.
It was said they were chasing a fantasy and the entire project was a waste of tax money.
One who did not give up his search was Alex Max Gene Nohl, an engineer and diver from Massachusetts.
In 1937, while diving he successfully located a triangular-shaped structure. It was a pyramid! His discovery was confirmed some years later when two pilots reported observing a huge triangular-shaped object beneath the surface of Rock Lake.
The public was now eager to learn more about this fascinating discovery, but there was one problem. No archaeologist showed any interest or willingness to investigate Wisconsin's underwater pyramid.
Scientists were confronted with what could be the most significant and controversial North American archaeological discovery of the twentieth century and yet no, archaeologist was interested in the subject!
For many years, scientists chose not write or discuss the Rock Lake pyramid. Finally, in 1962, "The Wisconsin Archaeologist" printed an article conveying the opinion of the academic world. Readers were informed that it was highly unlikely a man-made pyramid could actually be found at the bottom of Rock Lake. Experts estimated the lake to be at least 10,000 years-old and that fact alone clearly spoke against the underwater pyramid.
It was obvious archaeologists rejected the theory because this kind of this discovery would force scientists to rewrite history of Wisconsin.
About five years later, diver Jack Kennedy found the underwater pyramid and brought to the surface several stone artefacts. In his excitement he unfortunately forgot to mark the location of the pyramid and was unable to find it again. Lon Merrick, diver director at the Milwaukee Museum quickly used this opportunity to trivialize the Rock Lake case. He claimed that the so-called underwater pyramid was nothing else than large pieces of ice.
In 1970, "Skin Divers", a professional magazine dedicated to diving published a more objective article, giving the underwater pyramid some credibility. The Skin Divers informed its readers it was difficult to believe in the existence of the Rock Lake's underwater pyramid, mainly because of the structure's age.
If it this structure was truly man-made, then it must be very old. Who could have built it? Logically it should not exist, but history is hardly ever logical. It would seem that the underwater pyramid posed a real challenge to all logically thinking American historians.
About 13 years later, Robert Boyd, a diving instructor arranged a somewhat larger underwater expedition together with his friend, Robert Bass. They were able to confirm the existence of stone structures resting at the bottom of the lake.
In 1987, Frank Joseph, an American author became interested in the underwater pyramid. Together with other scientists, he completed a side scan sonar study of the lake floor. The scientists managed to observe a number of unusual-shaped structures along a submerged beach. Side scan sonar reading, clearly indicated several artificial structures beneath the surface of Rock Lake.
According to Frank Joseph, beneath the waters of Rock Lake lie at least ten structures! Two of them have been mapped and photographed by skin divers and sonar. One of these structures which has been named the Limnatis Pyramid has a base width of 60 feet, a length of about 100 feet, and a height of 18 feet. It is a truncated pyramid.
After ending a series of descents, Frank Joseph was able to confirm the existence Rock Lake's man-made underwater structure.
"We definitely found two structures about in the middle of the lake in 55 feet of water. I would have been satisfied with only one, but finding two is terrific," Joseph said.
"I'd say the first one is about eight feet high, 12 to 15 feet wide and more than 100 feet long. The second is 10 to 20 feet south of the first and about the same width, with a steeper slant to the sides, and is shorter in length. They look to be the same height and exactly north and south on a compass alignment," Joseph's diving companion, John Shulak who has been exploring Rock Lake for several years added.
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One is exactly like 'the loaf-of-bread pyramid' Kennedy described," said Shulak, referring to a 1970 account in Skin Diver magazine of a 1967 scuba dive by John Kennedy, a botanist from Lombard, Ill. "The area of rocks looks like a tent-shaped pyramid, collapsed."
Careful planning and ideal conditions are credited with the success of the expedition and the documentation.
"Visibility was the best ever, maybe because there was little runoff into the lake during last year's dry summer. I could see at least 10 to 15 feet," Shulak said. Frank Joseh theorizes that the lake, in much earlier, drier times, could have been a "city of the dead."
Sauk Native Americans speak in their legends of a sacred site close by a lake. However, the Sauk did not construct the underwater structures. This was done by ancient peoples who were driven away when the lake flooded.
These mysterious man-made underwater structures gain even more credibility if we consider the fact that the Indian site of Aztalan is located only three miles away from Rock Lake.
At Aztalan there are also truncated pyramids…. Were the man-made pyramids beneath the waters of Rock Lake built by the same ancient culture?
Written by Ellen Lloyd – AncientPages.com
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