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more Yonaguni evidence from the personal website of
- Professor Masaaki Kimura -

University of the Ryukyus
Okinawa, Japan

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The controversy that has erupted in archaeological circles around the world since the discovery of an enigmatic
structure, described by some as 'pyramid-like', at Iseki Point, just off the coast of the southernmost
Japanese island of Yonaguni-Jima, some 15 years ago, looks set to get even hotter as news
emerges that the so-called 'Yonaguni Monument' is just one of a number of
underwater megalithic structures in a 'complex' stretching for
many hundreds of miles northeast of Taiwan.

 

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The image below is of the face of the structure referred to by Professor Masaaki Kimura's Research Group in Japanese as 'Tategami-iwa'. This 'Moai-like figure' is very impressive and was discovered underwater off the northeast coast of Yonaguni-jima. And there is another example of a similar 'Tagegami-iwa' figure found on the coast of Yonaguni-jima island itself.

an image of Tategami-iwa
Copyright 2002 Dr. Masaaki Kimura
- Okinawa, Japan -

 

The image on the left below is of the coastal 'Tategami-iwa' figure as seen from the sea, where its eroded features show what appears to be the outline of a 'human face', though Professor Kimura and his team believe this outline has developed 'naturally'. The image on the right below is of the 'Tategami-iwa' figure as it is seen from the coast.

The flat foundation base is symmetrically cut and is definitely 'artificial'. It may have been used as a 'sacred' religious symbol at some time in the far distant past. Such a prominent outcrop of rock may well have been highly revered by the local peoples as an important 'sacred rock' for many thousands of years before the flat foundation base had been 'artificially enhanced'.

There are many examples throughout the world where natural outcrops have been 'terra-formed' in this manner, and the Great Sphinx at Giza is probably a much later example of this widespread ancient practice.

an image of the coastal Tategami-iwa figure as seen from the sea, where its eroded features show what appears to be the outline of a human face
Copyright 2002 Dr. Masaaki Kimura
-- Okinawa, Japan --

an image of the coastal Tategami-iwa figure as seen from the sea at a different angle
Copyright 2002 Dr. Masaaki Kimura
-- Okinawa, Japan --

 

The eyes of the 'Moai-like' figure, known in Japanese as 'Tategami-iwa', show signs of being 'artificially enhanced'. In this close-up image of the pupils it is possible to see a good example of how 'nature' can initially suggest a shape, which human hands then seem to have 'modified', making what was essentially a crude stone face very similar to those that can be found in many locations around the mysterious Easter Island far away in the Pacific, into something with local cultural significance.

the eyes of the 'moai-like' figure, known in japanese as 'tategami-iwa', show signs of being 'artificially enhanced'
Copyright 2002 Dr. Masaaki Kimura
-- Okinawa, Japan --


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Archeologists have long believed that civilization as they define it -- intelligent, tool-making, monument building, social humans -- began about 5,000 years ago.

But submerged beneath the waves near the Japanese island of Yonaguni is evidence that may well overturn that long-held theory.

A small but persuasive number of scholars and scientists have long thought that "advanced" societies may have existed as long as 10,000 years ago.

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Following the great cataclysms and mass extinctions of 11,500 years ago, land that once lay between the Chinese mainland
Okinawa and Japan was inundated. Only in the last 15 years or so has the attention of marine scientists been
drawn to the existence of 'undersea walls' off Taiwan, 'stepped-pyramid-like structures', and
very 'unusual artifacts' that have been discovered underwater in the East China Sea.

Needless to say, archaeologists and prehistorians studiously ignore them.

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