Ancient Pyramids in an Icy Landscape: Was There an Ancient Civilization in Antarctica?

Ancient Pyramids in an Icy Landscape: Was There an Ancient Civilization in Antarctica?


In 2016 the World Wide Web was all abuzz with Google Earth images of Antarctica that appear to show pyramids in the icy landscape. The images show what appears to be three pyramids with four sides similar to the famous Giza pyramids in Egypt. Could these be authentic man-made pyramids created by an ancient civilization?

Who Made the Antarctica Pyramids?

There are numerous theories about the origin of these pyramids. Some of the more controversial suggestions are that the pyramids were remnants of an earlier Atlantean civilization in Antarctica, or that they were built by extraterrestrials.

Other researchers have suggested a natural geological explanation for the Antarctica pyramids. These scientists have proposed that the “pyramids”, may actually be nunataks. Nunataks are the peaks of mountains that protrude through the ice and are higher than the surrounding terrain.

An Antarctic pyramid.

An Antarctic pyramid. (sevzirfo/ Google Maps )

The Research of Dr. Charles Hapgood

Two of the ‘Antarctica pyramids’ can be found 10 miles (16 kms) from the coast. The third pyramid is located near the shoreline.

The discovery of these pyramids suggests that Antarctica may have been inhabited by humans sometime in the past 6,000 years. It was around this time that man was building pyramids in the Old World. Charles Hapgood’s research supports the possible existence of an ancient civilization on a continent which is now covered by ice.

In ‘ Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings ,’ Dr. Charles Hapgood published the Piri Reis Map of Antarctica. This 16th century map shocked the world because it showed Antarctica without ice.

The Piri Reis map was found in Turkey. A Turkish Naval officer sent the map to the U.S. Navy Hydro Graphic Bureau in 1953. M.I. Walters, the Chief Engineer of the Bureau, sent the map to Arlington H. Mallery to be evaluated. Mallery determined that the Piri Reis map was completely accurate and may have been copied from a map made 6,000 years ago.

Map of the world by Ottoman admiral Piri Reis, drawn in 1513.

Map of the world by Ottoman admiral Piri Reis, drawn in 1513. ( Public Domain )

Confirming the Piri Reis Map

The Piri Reis map of Antarctica is very accurate. Using seismic soundings and sonar, researchers found that underneath the ice-cap the coastlines, mountain ranges, plateaus etc. on the Piri Reis map matched the Queen Maud land in Antarctica. Olhmeyer, leader of the British-Swedish expedition to Antarctica wrote Hapgood the following letter:

“Dear Professor Hapgood,
Your request of evaluation of certain unusual features of the Piri Reis Antarctica map of 1513 by this organization has been reviewed. The claim that the lower part of the map portrays the Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctic, and the Palmer Peninsular, is reasonable. We find that this is the most logical and in all probability the correct interpretation of the map. The geographical detail shown in the lower part of the map agrees very remarkably with the results of the seismic profile made across the top of the ice-cap by the Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition of 1949.This indicates the coastline had been mapped before it was covered by the ice-cap. This part of Antarctica ice free. The ice-cap in this region is now about a mile thick. We have no idea how the data on this map can be reconciled with the supposed state of geographical knowledge in 1513.”

Harold Z. Olhmeyer Lt. Colonel, USAF Commander

The Aheloy Nunatak, a natural formation

The Aheloy Nunatak, a natural formation ( public domain )

The letter from Ohlmeyer confirmed Dr. Charles Hapgood’s theory that the Piri Reis map was probably copied from a map made in ancient times. Dr. Charles Hapgood wrote in ‘ Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings’ that he was sure that although the Piri Reis Map contained latitudes and longitudes plotted out at right angles in a traditional plane geometry, it had to have been based on an earlier map.

Hapgood was also sure that the map was ancient in origin because the Piri Reis map’s creator used spheroid trigonometry, which was thought to have been invented in the 18th Century, even though the Piri Reis map has been dated to 1513.

No matter what the origin of the snow pyramids may actually be, the discovery of these mysterious features will increase speculation on the possible human habitation of Antarctica in recent history.

 Antarctic pyramids. Location of the pyramid making the news: 79°58'39.2"S 81°57'32.2"W.

Antarctic pyramids. Location of the pyramid making the news: 79°58'39.2"S 81°57'32.2"W. ( Google Maps )

Top Image: One of the so-called pyramids of Antartica. Source: VAN ALEXIS MORALES GONZALEZ/ Google Maps

By Clyde Winters


Hi Mr. Winter's,

I am in process of Studying The Biblical Book Enoch; coming across this Biblical Text, I've come to learn from my reading that Biblical Enoch wrote 366, Books but so far humanity only has 3 of those Book's but, those 3 are quite Eye opening to say the least.

Enoch 1 The Book of the Watchers
Enoch 2 The Book of Secrets of Enoch
Enoch 3 The Book of Giant's

So I'll share what I've read in Enoch 2 The Book of Secrets of Enoch this pertains to Creation but, um I think I'll begin with the 3rd Day of Creation by the way Enoch was physical and literally in the Presence of God Face to Face God was sitting on His Throne.

Enoch 2; (on Tuesday) God said to Enoch On the 3rd Day of Creation I Commanded Earth to Make Grow Great and Fruitful Tree's; and Hill's and Seed to Sow, and I Planted Paradise and Enclosed It placing Armed Guards Flaming Angel's and Thus I Created Renewal.

Then came the Evening and came the Morning the 4th Day.

what's my point I think at one time or another The Earth must have been some kind of super continent I'm thinking that when God exiled Cain for the un-just murder of His Brother Abel that perhaps Cain built some pyramids in the city He Founded naming it after his First born son wait for it Enoch, the Enoch Im talking about was born of Seth's Bloodline who of course was a replacement for Abel.

I often wondered if Antarctica was so far away because that had been Cain's City. I know after the Great Flood the Continents Split apart and drifted far away from Each other but, I find it curious how far Antarctica drifted. So I'll say yes people did live there long ago.

For an accurate and supported commentary regarding historical mapping please read Chapter 6 of Measurements of the Gods by Harry Sivertsen with Steve Redman at

Background and essential dimensional information is given before describing why Hapgood and others have made considerable errors in their assertions. The whole book is an investigation into ancient metrological systems, including linear measurement systems plus weight and liquid volume units; mapping, while highly important, is but a small part of the work's wide and historically valuable scope.

Would be nice if the Antarctic was open to exploration not exploitation. I'm sure that there would be many explorers willing to go there and find whatever is deliberately hidden from all us deplorable.

Hello Particle Man, Regarding Atlantis, I can assure you that Plato was not referring to any location on Earth other than Sundaland and that his reference to 'beyond the Pillars of Hercules' referred primarily to a location in the skies at a particular period which he denoted via the '9000 years'. As is the case with'religious'works, very often we cannot accept the narratives literally as they were allegorical tales meaning something quite different. I respectfully recommend that you read Deluge from Genesis to Atlantis to obtain an accurate explanation of Plato's narrative on this subject of Atlantis. A short explanation is seen in the paper 'Atlantis' at
while the book Deluge:From Genesis to Atlantis with a much fuller explanation is seen in the same web page. All is free to read online or download and there is a considerable amount of diverse information on the page. Enjoy the reading. Harry Sivertsen

Clyde's referencing a site on Atlantis reminded me of Klaus Dona, who researches OOPARTS (Out Of Place ARTifactS). Among the many goodies in the following video, beginning at the referenced position, being Kircher's inverted map, is a stone map from Ecuador with interesting features, including an Atlantic landmass no longer extant:


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