The Morien Institute - Interview with Dr Paul Weinzweig of Advanced Digital Communications (ADC) about the underwater structures discovered off the coast of Cuba

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Havana, Cuba

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On May 28 2002 National Geographic News reported on the many recent discoveries underwater on the coastal shelves around the world. The story focussed on the recent discovery of megalithic ruins some 2,200 ft below sea level off the coast of Cuba, interviewing geologist, Manuel Iturralde, the Director of Research at Cuba's Natural History Museum. He is the Consulting Geologist for the Canadian exploration company, Advanced Digital Communications (ADC), based in Havana, Cuba, which discovered the megalithic formations

It has been suggested that what they have discovered in the Yucatan Channel could be the buildings and monuments of an early, unknown American civilization, which sank beneath the waves during some ancient cataclysm. As Ocean Engineer, Paulina Zelitsky, and the ADC crew are currently back on expedition with their research vessel, 'Ulises', Dr Paul Weinzweig, a partner in ADC with his wife, Paulina Zelitsky, kindly agreed to answer some of our questions when the Morien Institute contacted ADC in Cuba, June 3rd - 12th 2002 ...

 

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geologist Dr Manuel Iturralde of Cuba's Natural History Museum and archæologist Dr Gabino La Rosa of the Cuban Museum of Natural Sciences discuss ocean charts of the underwater megalith discovery area

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Morien Institute :
Are there any indigenous myths and legends in the Cuba area regarding ancient cataclysms, and if so, do they point to any specific locations or time frames?

Dr Paul Weinzweig :
"We have discovered relevant myths and legends not in Cuba but in Mexico's Yucatan and Vera Cruz Province. Paulina Zelitsky was invited a few months ago to the University of Vera Cruz by the Director of the Anthropology Department, Dr. Roberto Ramirez Rodriguez, who had heard about our project and introduced us to his recently published book called "Atlanticu", (The Origin of El Tajin).

This book, based upon Mesoamerican Amerindian legends, is about the origins of the advanced forms of Central American ancient civilization (e.g. Architechture, Mathematics, Astronomy) which came from, according to oral history, a race of tall white people from an island to the east which sank in a cataclysmic earthquake. (Our geologist has determined that our site is on a separate island surrounded by active tectonic faults just a few miles to the west of Cuba).

'Atlanticu' means "The place from where our Good Father rests". Paulina also met with the Official Amerindian Chronicler of Vera Cruz Province who has been excavating ancient temples for over 65 years. He confirmed the symmetries between our sonar and video findings and the ancient temple geometries and legends of Yucatan."

 

the ADC expedition crew operating Sidescan Sonar and
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Morien Institute :
Do you have any thoughts about the recent discoveries of underwater megalithic structures in northwest India, at the Gulf of Cambay, and also in southeast India at Mahabalipuram?

Dr Paul Weinzweig :
"We follow these findings with interest. We believe that much of the significant archaeology of the future will be discovered in the little-explored world's oceans and will greatly expand our understanding of the enourmous antiquity of human civilization."

Morien Institute :
Similarly, do you have any thoughts about the underwater megalithic structures found off several of the Japanese islands, particularly the discovery at Yonaguni-Jima?"

Dr Paul Weinzweig :
"The marine structures at Yonaguni, as I understand them, bear close resemblance to the terraced terrestrial geology. Perhaps human settlements were carved out of local geology. In our Cuban site the granite monolithic stones are foriegn to the local marine and terrestrial geology."

 

the ADC expedition crew fixing the ROV and winching it
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Morien Institute :
Are the structures ADC has found off the Guanahacabibes Peninsula in western Cuba identical to ruins of the Mesoamerican 'Pre-Classic Period', or have you detected any unique features from the video footage ADC has acquired so far?

Dr Paul Weinzweig :
"At this stage in the investigations, we can only speculate that some features (such as temple foundations layouts) seem to be reproduced at our site. Since the ancients built their new structures on old structural sites, we really don't know their true antiquity. Garcilaso in "Royal Commentaries of the Incas" reports similar enormous geometrically shaped granite building stones in Cuzco (Peru) and Lake Titicaca.

These megalithic granite stones are located miles from the nearest quarries. There is nothing in our understanding of ancient engineering and construction or in our present rational imagination to explain the logistics of such megalithic construction. There is much mystery here."

Morien Institute :
We believe that similar symbols and hieroglyphs to what you have found carved on the underwater structures have also been discovered in various caves on the island of Cuba itself. Can you tell us anything about these discoveries on dry land?

Dr Paul Weinzweig :
"Yes, there are caves in the Isle of Youth and elsewhere that show ancient symbols. Andrew Collins, in "Gateway to Atlantis", examines some of these land sites and symbols."

 

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Morien Institute :
Is there any geological evidence to suggest that the Caribbean Islands, as we see them today, might be just the mountain-tops and high ground of a much larger landmass which partially sank as a result of cataclysms in ancient times?

Dr Paul Weinzweig :
"Yes, geologists tell us that Yucatan, Cuba, Domincan Republic and Puerto Rico were connected at one time. There is still much to learn about the geological history of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Our Consulting Geologist, Dr. Iturralde, is a world authority on the subject. You can find many references to his scientific work on the internet."

 

books by Garcilaso De La Vega

"Royal Commentaries of the Incas" - ( EU English Edition)
"Florida of the Inca" - ( EU English Edition)

 

material by Dr. Manuel Iturralde

Iturralde 2000 Caribbean plate model
Siguen los enigmas en Guanahacabibes - Espanôl
Megalitos submarinos en Cuba occidental - Espanôl
Submarine megaliths in western Cuba - English translation

 

relevant information about the Caribbean area

Caribbean Geology, Geophysics and Tectonics
Tectonic Map of the Caribbean

 

the location of the Cuban underwater discoveries
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