Bauval and Graham Hancock have calculated that the Great Pyramid likewise dates back to about 10,500 B. The lines run perfectly straight, some parallel to one another, many intersecting, making the lines look from the air like ancient airport runways.This prompted Erich von Daniken in his book "Chariots of the Gods" to suggest (ludicrously, we think) that they actually were runways for extraterrestrial craft... More intriguing are the gigantic figures of 70-some animals carved into the ground — a monkey, a spider, a hummingbird, among others.Its most striking edifice, referred to as the Great Enclosure, has walls as high as 36 feet extending approximately 820 feet, making it the largest ancient structure south of the Sahara Desert.In the 1800s, European explorers, imperialists and colonizers were stunned by Great Zimbabwe’s grandeur and cunning workmanship, so they attributed the architecture to Portuguese travelers, Arabs, Chinese, Persians, or even biblical characters, such as King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.58,234."There has been a lot of hand-wringing over the supposed prophecies of the Mayan calendar.More people fear it, perhaps, than feared the ominously predicted catastrophes of the year 2000.They are shrouded in mystery and varying degrees of doubt, but all are nonetheless fascinating.
Although highly intriguing, the truth of this story is in doubt simply because the site has never been re-found.
There are many mysteries in our ancient past, but there may be clues to that past around the world in the form of sunken cities, ancient structures, cryptic hieroglyphics, artwork and more.
Here are ten of the most intriguing pieces of the puzzle that is our past.
Writer Alan Alford makes the case that Atlantis was not an island at all, but an exploded planet.
The controversy and theories will likely continue until someone uncovers a sign saying: "Atlantis, pop.
All the fretting is based on the finding that the Mayan "Long Count" calendar ends on a date that corresponds to our December 21, 2012. The end of the world through some global cataclysm or war? Such prophecies have a long tradition of not coming to pass.