Gunung Padang and Atlantis… a mysterious connection that challenges mainstream history

Gunung Padang is the ultimate evidence which points towards a highly sophisticated, previously unknown civilization inhabiting the area, and much of this ancient and ‘controversial’ history is being challenged in every possible way, by mainstream researchers.

There are countless ancient megalithic sites around the world which have caused both confusion and amazement among researchers around the globe. All of these ancient sites are indicators that Earth was inhabited by extremely advanced ancient civilizations in the past, and it seems that mainstream researchers do not credit the achievements of ancient man as much as they should.

The archaeological site was first reported in 1914 in a study for Holland’s colonial office. Thirty-three years later, a team from the Australian National University’s Centre for Archaeological Research determined the approximate age of the site, raising many questions in the archeological community. But according to locals, the site is known for millennia.

No one knew just how important this ancient site was until recent studies revealed shocking results.

While mainstream scholars maintain that Göbekli Tepe is a site that challenges conventional methods proposed by mainstream archeologists, there are many people who believe that Gunung Padang does that and even more. When archaeologists performed tests on Göbekli Tepe, they discovered that this ancient site stretches back in history up to 10,000 BCE, making it 4000 years older than any other man-made structure on the planet. Today, many refer to Göbekli Tepe as the oldest known megalithic site on the planet… But, everything changes with Gunung Padang.

According to studies, Gunung Padang is the ultimate South-east Asian pyramid. It is actually one of the few found in the area and could prove to be one of the most important ancient sites ever discovered on the planet. Researchers speculate that the site has numerous chambers and shafts hidden beneath the overgrown terraces, walls and adjacent areas buried under deep vegetation that has grown on the site for centuries.

Analysis of core samples of Gunung Padang revealed incredible dates, the deeper researchers looked the deeper the mystery got. The site was believed to date back at least 5000 years, then 8000 years to 10,000 and eventually to a reported age of 23,000 years. This means that Gunung Padang is not only the oldest megalithic site on the planet, it is also the oldest Pyramidal-shaped structure known to mankind.

“The results of radiometric analysis of the content of the carbon element in some samples of cement in drill core from the depth of 5-15 meters which was conducted in 2012 at the prestigious Laboratory, BETALAB, Miami, USA in the mid-2012 shows its age with a range between 13,000 and 23,000 years ago.” (Source)

Artist’s impression of Gunung Padang as it would have looked in antiquity (© Pon S Purajatnika)
Artist’s impression of Gunung Padang as it would have looked in antiquity (© Pon S Purajatnika)

But, like with all other spectacular sites that display even more spectacular dates challenging mainstream history along the way, Gunung Padang’s age is heavily criticized and contested by numerous researchers. The first conclusion researchers jumped to when they found out the results of the dating techniques was that it had to be a mistake. The site just cannot be over 20,000 years old, that is just… impossible… right?

But, to the surprise of both skeptics and researchers, so far no one has been able to find any problems in the coring procedures of the site, nor in the radiometric dating techniques that account for such ‘unprecedented’ results. This is why mainstream researchers are sitting in a ‘neutral’ zone in regards to the age of Gunung Padang, and when anyone asks just how old this megalithic site is, their answer is “older than 5000 years”… which doesn’t say much.

But if the age of the site wasn’t enough, researchers discovered that Gunung Padang has other extremely interesting details. For example, during coring procedures of the site, scientists discovered that much of the ‘buried’ structure was in fact reinforced by some sort of cement. According to experts, the bonding agent used at Gunung Padang was used as a mortar and glue in certain areas of the site. It consists of 45% iron ore, 41% silica and 14% clay, a mixture that according to researchers is another piece of evidence suggesting the high level of sophisticated building techniques, used during the construction.

One of the most interesting theories about the ancient sites comes from famous author Graham Hancock who suggests that this ancient megalithic site might, in fact, hold evidence of the lost city of Atlantis.

In an article published by Sings of the Times, Hancock speaks about the experience he had during his visit to Gunung Padang with Danny Natawidjaja PhD., senior geologist of the Research Center for Geotechnology at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

Natawidjaja firmly believes that Gunung Padang is, without a doubt at least 22,000 years old: “The geophysical evidence is unambiguous,” Natawidjaja says. “Gunung Padang is not a natural hill but a man-made pyramid and the origins of construction here go back long before the end of the last Ice Age. Since the work is massive even at the deepest levels and bears witness to the kinds of sophisticated construction skills that were deployed to build the pyramids of Egypt or the largest megalithic sites in Europe, I can only conclude that we’re looking at the work of a lost civilization and a fairly advanced one.” (Source)

The research done by Hancock suggests that the mysterious lost civilization could, in fact, be the one mentioned by Plato in the Greek philosopher’s dialogues Timias and Critias.

Not only would the two share a very similar time frame, but there are numerous other details which draw numerous unanswered questions out of the shadows. If the dating techniques used at Gunung Padang are accurate, this would mean that this ancient site was erected during the peak of the last ice age.

During this time, geologically speaking, the are was very different then what it looks like today. Much of Indonesia and Southeastern Asia was, in fact, different. Ocean levels are believed to have been drastically lower at that time suggesting that what are today Islands, could, in fact, have been part of a continental landmass.

Dr. Natawidjaja suggests that Gunung Padang is the ultimate evidence which points towards a highly sophisticated, previously unknown civilization inhabiting the area, and much of this ancient and ‘controversial’ history is being challenged in every possible way, by mainstream researchers who cannot fit the site, the civilization and sophisticated knowledge into their historical records.

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