Completed photomosaics of the features composed of a linear concentration of
slabs; described the orientation and physical characteristics of the slabs;
surveyed in the position of the strips of slabs in relation to benchmarks on
North Bimini; obtained core samples from individual slabs within the road;
prepared petrographic thin sections from the cores and other samples from
individual slabs and dated samples from the slabs by radiocarbon and
uranium-thorium methods. Their 1980 observations were that there was no evidence that
the Bimini Road was anything other than a natural formation (23). (See Appendix
Their laboratory analysis found that the slabs that
comprised the three linear features consisted merely of bedrock of local origin.
Firstly, the shells and other grains that compose the slabs were found to be
identical to the grains in the lose sediment underlying the slabs.
carbonate cements that form the bedrock are typical of cements found in modern beachrock cements. Finally, the radiocarbon dates obtained from the slabs of
beachrock ranged in age from 300 to 1200 BCE for the shoreward line of beachrock
and a single date of about 4800 BCE for the seaward line of beachrock (24).
McKusick and Shinn (1980) obtained some oriented cores from one
of the linear features. X-radiographs of seventeen oriented cores showed that
the slope, particle size, dip direction, of the bedding is consistent from on
block to another within two areas that they studied. If the blocks had been
quarried from one site and then later laid out as a road, the original
stratigraphy of the beachrock would not have been preserved.
slabs represent beachrock that developed in situ along three shorelines.
McKusick and Shinn also dated seven samples from the slabs and obtained dates
ranging from about 750 to 1500 BCE The results of the scientific investigations
onto the Road at Bimini conclude that the feature is not in fact man made, but
beach rock that formed along the shore of North Bimini Island at three different
shorelines during the Holocene era when the sea level was lower than present.
Indeed, the lines themselves were not well founded or continuous enough to have
served as any kind of road (25).
Despite this research, those wanting to find something
mythical hung on, finally claiming that the formations must be man-made for they
However, in fact, there are several places where rectangular slabs
of bedrock are associated with carbonate beaches. These have been noted at
Puerto Rico (26), Barbados (27) West shore of South Bimini (28) Joulter Cays,
Bahamas (29) Heron Island, Australia (30) and Eastern Australia (31).
Greenland has also been suggested as the site of the lost
continent. This north looking view of south-western Greenland was taken on
14th November 1994 by the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The
photograph shows numerous indentations, fjords, that were carved by the glaciers
of the last ice age.
Even today, the ice
in the centre of Greenland is 11,000 feet thick however the geological records
shows that once Greenland enjoyed a temperate climate; only not during a period
when man walked on the surface of the Earth - effectively ruling the island out
as a potential location of the lost race.
It appears that there is, in fact, no evidence for any
large lost colony on Earth. Taking this to its logical conclusion, some have
suggested that we are looking the wrong place and rather than looking on
the Earth, we should be looking inside the planet.
Incredulous as it seems, such ideas did gain widespread support and will be
mentioned here out of curiosity. There is certainly some evidence of subterranean activity.
Peter Kolosimo in ‘Timeless Earth’ writes of a tunnel system connecting
Lima to Cuzco (right) and from there onto the Bolivian border. "Apart from the
lure of gain, these tunnels present a fascinating archaeo-logical problem.
Scholars agree that they were not constructed by the Incas themselves, who had
used them but were ignorant of their origins. They are in fact so imposing that
it does not seem absurd to conjecture, as some scientists have done, that they
are the handiwork of an unknown race…" (32) Harold T Wilkinsadvises of tunnels in the West Indies. "Similar
strange tunnels of incredibly ancient date, and unknown origin, in the West
Indies, were brought to the attention of Christopher Columbus when he visited
Martinique." (34) There is also apparently a huge complex off underground
passages and halls beneath the South American continent at Ecuador.