by Dan Eden
They have always been there. People
noticed them before. But no one could remember who made them - or
why? Until just recently, no one even knew how many there were. Now
they are everywhere - thousands - no, hundreds of thousands of
And the story they tell is the most
important story of humanity. But it's one we might not be prepared
Something amazing has been discovered in an area of South Africa,
about 150 miles inland, west of the port of Maputo. It is the
remains of a huge metropolis that measures, in conservative
estimates, about 1500 square miles.
It's part of an even larger community
that is about 10,000 square miles and appears to have been
constructed - are you ready - from 160,000 to 200,000 BCE!
The image above is a close-up view of
just a few hundred meters of the landscape taken from google-earth.
The region is somewhat remote and the
"circles" have often been encountered by local farmers who assumed
they were made by some indigenous people in the past. But, oddly, no
one ever bothered to inquire about who could have made them or how
old they were.
This changed when researcher and author,
Michael Tellinger, teamed up
with Johan Heine, a local fireman and pilot who had been
looking at these ruins from his years flying over the region.
Heine had the unique advantage to see
the number and extent of these strange stone foundations and knew
that their significance was not being appreciated.
"When Johan first introduced me to
the ancient stone ruins of southern Africa, I had no idea of the
incredible discoveries we would make in the year or two that
The photographs, artifacts and
evidence we have accumulated points unquestionably to a lost and
never-before-seen civilization that predates all others - not by
just a few hundred years, or a few thousand years... but many
thousands of years.
These discoveries are so staggering
that they will not be easily digested by the mainstream
historical and archaeological fraternity, as we have already
experienced. It will require a complete paradigm shift in how we
view our human history. "
Where it was
The area is significant for one striking
thing - gold.
"The thousands of ancient gold
mines discovered over the past 500 years, points to a
vanished civilization that lived and dug for gold in this
part of the world for thousands of years," says Tellinger.
"And if this is in fact the cradle
of humankind, we may be looking at the activities of the oldest
civilization on Earth."
To see the number and scope of these
ruins, I suggest that you use google-earth and start with the
Carolina - 25 55' 53.28" S / 30
16' 13.13" E
Badplaas - 25 47' 33.45" S / 30
40' 38.76" E
Waterval - 25 38' 07.82" S / 30
21' 18.79" E
Machadodorp - 25 39' 22.42" S /
30 17' 03.25" E
Then perform a low flying search inside
the area formed by this rectangle. Simply Amazing!
Did gold play some role in the dense population that once lived
here? The site is just about 150 miles from an excellent port where
maritime trade could have helped to support such a large population.
But remember - we're talking almost 200,000 years ago!
The individual ruins [see below] mostly consist of stone circles.
Most have been buried in the sand and
are only observable by satellite or aircraft.
Some have been exposed when the changing
climate has blown the sand away, revealing the walls and
"I see myself as a fairly
open-minded chap but I will admit that it took me well over a
year for the penny to drop, and for me to realize that we are
actually dealing with the oldest structures ever built by humans
The main reason for this is that we have been taught that
nothing of significance has ever come from southern Africa. That
the powerful civilizations all emerged in
Egypt and other places.
We are told that until the
settlement of the BANTU people from the north, which was
supposed to have started sometime in the 12th century
AD, this part of the world was filled by hunter gatherers and
so-called Bushmen, who did not make any major contributions in
technology or civilization."
A Rich and
When explorers first encountered these ruins, they assumed that they
were cattle corals made by nomadic tribes, like the Bantu people, as
they moved south and settled the land from around the 13th century.
There was no previous historical record
of any older civilization capable of building such a densely
populated community. Little effort was made to investigate the site
because the scope of the ruins was not fully known.
Over the past 20 years, people like Cyril Hromnik, Richard
Wade, Johan Heine and a handful of others have discovered
that these stone structures are not what the seem to be. In fact
these are now believed to be the remains of ancient temples and
astronomical observatories of lost ancient civilizations that
stretch back for many thousands of years.
These circular ruins are spread over a
huge area. They can only truly be appreciated from the air or
through modern satellite images.
Many of them have almost completely
eroded or have been covered by the movement of soil from farming and
the weather. Some have survived well enough to reveal their great
size [see above] with some original walls standing almost 5 feet
high and over a meter wide in places.
Looking at the entire metropolis, it becomes obvious that this was a
well planned community, developed by a highly evolved civilization.
The number of ancient gold mines suggests the reason for the
community being in this location. We find roads - some extending a
hundred miles - that connected the community and terraced
agriculture, closely resembling those found in the Inca settlements
But one question begs for an answer - how could this be achieved
by humans 200,000 years ago?
An example of
what you will see on google-earth
This is what you will see on google-earth at 25 37'40.90"S / 30
We are viewing the scene from an
altitude of 357 meters.
This is not a "special" location - just
one we picked at random, within the previously described area.
It shows artifacts that are everywhere
and we encourage you to search the area with this great internet
The circular stone structures are obvious from this view, even
though they may not be visible from ground level. Notice that there
are many very long roads [B] that connect groups of the
circular structures. If you zoom out and follow these "roads" they
travel for many miles.
The fact that we can see these structures is mainly because natural
erosion has blown away the dirt and debris that has covered them for
thousands of years. Once exposed to the wind, the rocks are scoured
clean and may appear deceptively new.
If you look closely at what first appears to be empty land [C],
you will notice many faint circles, indicating that even more
dwellings lurk below the surface. In reality, the entire area is
packed full of these structures and connecting roads.
Why has no one notices these before?
How the Site
Once the ruins were examined, the researchers were anxious to place
the lost civilization in a historical perspective.
The rocks were covered with a patina
that looked very old but there were no items sufficient for
carbon-14 dating. It was then that a chance discovery
revealed the age of the site, and
sent a chill down the spine of archaeologists and historians!