Cuban geologist Manuel Iturralde says that an examination of rock samples that will be collected in a few months should shed further light on what could be an ancient sunken city deep off Cuba?s coast.?These are extremely peculiar structures … They have captured all our imagination,? says Iturralde. ?If I had to explain this geologically, I would have a hard time.?

Iturralde, research director of Cuba?s Natural History Museum, is working with Canadian exploration company Advanced Digital Communications (ADC) in efforts to solve the mystery of the smooth, geometrically shaped, granite-like rocks that have been discovered deep on the ocean floor. They are laid out in structures resembling pyramids, roads and other structures more than 2,000 feet deep in a 7-3/4 mile-square area.

ADC thinks the structures might belong to a 6,000 year old civilization that colonized the American continent thousands of years ago and existed on an island that was sunk to great depths by an earthquake. This fits the myth of the lost city of Atlantis, and has provoked skepticism from scientists around the world who say the depth and age are not credible.

Some European archaeologists says the stones, which ADC discovered in July 2000 while hunting with sonar equipment for treasure and sunken Spanish galleons, could be formed by natural limestone. But ADC disagrees. ?It appears like there is some kind of intelligent design in the structure?s configuration and planning,? says ADC?s Soviet-born Canadian ocean engineer, Paulina Zelitsky. ?I have worked in this field over 30 years and I have never before seen natural structures shaped with such intelligent symmetry and plan. From the very first moment, I was suspecting that these structures were not natural.?

Iturralde has evidence for seismic movement at the site, and the possible submerging of the land, but he cannot prove the rocks were not shaped by nature. If that theory is proven, it will revolutionize our understanding of the history of the Americas. ?It would change a lot our knowledge of humans and the evolution of the Americas,? he says. ?Recently, a French archaeologist found some evidence of people being here in South America 40,000 years ago, something we never expect, so you need to be always open to things that you are not expecting, that are not in the framework of present-day knowledge …We may have found something that nobody has thought about.?

ADC plans to take a specially designed robot to the site in a few months to take samples of the rocks and the sediment they are embedded in to try to date them and find evidence they may have once been on dry land. They will also be searching for any signs of human life such as drawings, sculptures or artifacts. ?To drill samples from these structures is not easy because they look like granite. And to drill granite at a depth of 600 meters is very difficult,? Zelitsky says.

?I think we are talking about the origins of the American continent. There are many hypotheses about how the continent was colonized …There is quite a controversy, and I think our discovery will be the first physical evidence of the true origins of developed civilization in the Americas.?

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