The Ancient Bimini Harbor: Uncovering the Great Bimini Hoax
Dr. Greg Little
In May 2005, a team of researchers, including archaeologist William Donato, made an extensive expedition to both Bimini and Andros in the Bahamas. A 73-minute DVD "amateur" documentary was made to document the expedition and its results. In brief, at a second site about one mile from the formation known as the "Bimini Road," numerous stone circles were found along with stone anchors, wood under some of the large stones, and cut blocks of stone. This particular site is almost completely unknown.
At the Bimini Road, numerous multiple tiers of stones were found, prop stones were found under the massive blocks, and cut rectangular slabs of stone were found literally stacked under some of the large blocks. A variety of other human artifacts were found including two dozen pieces of gray marble—found under a large block. The results indicate that the Bimini formation was once an ancient harbor, nearly identical in size, shape, and construction to many that have been found and verified in the Mediterranean.
Follow-up research on what skeptical geologists and one archaeologist have written uncovered a hoax that falsified reports on the site utilizing pseudoscience. In brief, what popular archaeology textbooks have asserted about the site isn't true. The root of the hoax was traced to one-time U. S. Geological Survey geologist Eugene Shinn and archaeologist Marshall McKusick. In fact, Eugene Shinn's original 1978 report actually detailed results that point to the Bimini Road being manmade. The documentation of the hoax is clear and definitive, but it is more than likely that skeptics will deride and dismiss the evidence with no investigation. The details of the story are intriguing.
The evidence of the hoax as well as the overall findings from the expedition have been prepared in a free monograph contained in pdf files linked below. Two pdf files of the 29-page monograph, containing 70 color photos and illustrations, are available below. The Screen version is 720 k, and is best used if you only plan on reading and viewing the monograph on a computer screen. If you want to print out the paper, choose the Print version, which is over 6 mb. Individuals are permitted to download a copy for personal use, but reuse of any of the photos or illustrations (especially on the internet) is prohibited without obtaining permission. Download requests have been heavy, so you may have to be patient.
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Also available at AUP:
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Native American Mounds & Earthworks — by Dr. Greg Little