There's a story that's all abuzz on the internet the last few days. Supposedly, a series of pyramids were discovered in Crimea, Ukraine. They are said to be the oldest on Earth...in fact, they could date back to the Jurassic period!
You can Google "Jurassic pyramids" or "Crimean Pyramids" to see some of the various stories and videos or click the links below to read about this latest sensation. (And how cool that this story popped up just after Amy Riddle-DeClerck started an active discussion on ancient civilizations on the SFR Brigade discussion group.)
Apparently these pyramids were discovered in 1999, revealed to the world in 2002, more widely speculated on in the latter half of 2012 and jumped to viral sensation since March 1st. Odd that we haven't heard much of these Jurassic Pyramids before now.
|Entrance leading to one of the Pyramids|
Perhaps the story finally became of global interest now that there are reportedly a large number of Russian troops present in the area. A few sites are even asking if this is the real reason why Russia is focusing on this particular area of Crimea. Hmmm....
Some reports claim the pyramids give off energy at certain times--possibly presenting a new energy source that Russia would prefer the rest of the world not discover or exploit. The structures are said to be in the shape of the Egyptian pyramids (smooth-sided) but truncated at the top like the Mayan pyramids. (I haven't found a clear explanation of how the size, number or shape of the pyramids has been determined when they are buried.)
|Reported Location of the Crimean Pyramids|
My gut feeling is that most of the information is probably a grossly exaggerated or greatly enhanced by speculation, but it is intriguing if these structures do exist in some form. If truly that old, they certainly weren't built by the dinosaurs.
So who or what built them?
Or could the dating methods possibly have been in error? Or entirely fictional.
|Diagram of pyramid construction|
from Coppens' site.
(Okay now--Dingdingding! 14,000 years ago. Now we're talking. That's an era I'm actually researching.)
According to Coppens' article, the location of the pyramids amidst sediment and clay strata suggests they were buried by the effects of a massive flood, and this fits much more closely with the many legends of advanced civilizations in that early age that were destroyed in a cataclysm (such as Atlantis/Poseid or Lemuria/Mu...or possibly even a pre- or companion civilization to one or both.)
Here's one more speculative article that contains an accompanying video:
[Dig a little deeper, and you'll also find even sketchier stories and interviews about similar underground pyramids reportedly in Alaska and Antarctica.]
Whatever the true facts, this is wonderful fodder for the muse. Discovery is exciting. Speculation inspires. Even if the reports turn out to be completely false, the idea will linger on in my subconscious and may eventually weave its way into a story premise.
What do you think? Hoax? Exaggeration? Do your feelings about the reported "discovery" fall on the fascinating or ridiculous side of the equation? Do such revelations (whether true or fiction) inspire new ideas for you?