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Cayce's Atlantean History is Viable...

The Cayce readings relate that a migration of Atlanteans fled the final destruction of their last remaining island just prior to 10,000 B.C.


Cayce specifically stated that many of these survivors went to North America, Egypt, and the Pyrenees Mountains while a few went to the area of the Gobi. The Basques, who have long inhabited the area of the Pyrenees, are an enigma to researchers.


Archaeologists have consistently speculated that the Basques moved into the region from southwestern Europe between 13,000 B.C. and 8,000 B.C. If this theory is correct, then it would be expected that both modern and ancient Basque DNA would be related to a specific DNA type originating in southwest Europe (which researchers term haplogroup V).

In order to test this hypothesis, four genetic studies were performed on subjects from the modern Basque population during the 1990s. Utilizing mitochondrial DNA analysis (mtDNA) (Mitochondrial DNA Analysis - Modern Genetic Research Confirms Cayce's Story), geneticists found that the expected type of mtDNA (haplogroup V) occurred in 3.3 to 20 percent of modern Basques.

In an effort to measure the mtDNA types present in the ancient Basques, a group of Spanish geneticists obtained dental samples from 121 individuals buried in four separate prehistoric Basque sites. In addition, bone samples (femurs) were used to confirm results. The burial sites were carbon dated from 3,000 B.C. to 1,400 B.C.

The surprising results showed that not a single individual in the ancient group had the expected haplogroup V.


The most frequent haplogroup found was H (at 37.2 percent). This type (H) is the most common mtDNA found in all modern-day European populations. In addition, 9.1 percent of the ancient Basque mtDNA was haplogroup X.


With the focus of their research on testing the hypothesis that haplogroup V moved into the Basque region in the years 13,000 B.C. to 8,000 B.C., the geneticists were forced to conclude that Haplogroup V entered the area after 3,000 B.C. They suggested that, prior to 9,000 B.C., various hunter-gatherer groups occupied the region. These groups included people from the X haplogroup.

Extremely significant in light of the Cayce readings is the presence of haplogroup X in ancient Basque mtDNA. While popular press reports have often termed haplogroup X as "Caucasoid," this speculative idea has been generally discredited by researchers. In 1997, haplogroup X was discovered in about 3 percent of modern Native Americans and in ancient North American remains as well.


The X type is frequently found in modern descendants of the Iroquois and in ancient burials in Iroquois' lands. The X haplogroup has also been identified in the Middle East and, in 2001, it was found in a tribe living in the Altaic Mountains of the Gobi. All of these of course are areas where Cayce specifically stated Atlantean survivors fled in 10,000 B.C.


The Editors of Ancient Mysteries, along with John Van Auken, have hypothesized that the X haplogroup may be the genetic link to the ancient Atlanteans.




  • An mtDNA Analysis In Ancient Basque Populations: Implications for Haplogroup V as a Marker (or a Major Paleolithic Expansion from Southwestern Europe by N. Izagirre and C. de la Riia. American Journal of Human Genetics (1999), 65.199-207.

  • Mound Builders: Edgar Cayce's Forgotten Record of Ancient America by G. Little, J. Van Auken, & Lora Little (2001).