A.P.E.X.-Expedition im Jahr 2003
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von unserem Gastautor William Michael Donato
July, 2003 Week long expedition mostly funded by our nonprofit organization, A.P.E.X. Institute (and myself), to Bimini to obtain further data on potential high priority archeological target sites. We were attempting to better define the target areas, to determine what technologies would be most efficacious, and to refine our methodologies so that future project(s) can be done more cost effectively and more efficiently.
One of our goals was to locate an underwater feature in the shape of a “pentagon” several acres in extent between South Cat Cay and Ocean Cay and to do an initial on-site investigation to determine if there was a stone foundation within reach of our probing rods under the sea grass or whether we would need sub-bottom profiling to make such a determination. A second goal was to investigate a feature off of East Bimini in the shape of a “rectangle” approximately 1/2 by 1/4 mile in size to determine whether there is a stone foundation within the range of our probing rods or whether sub-bottom profiling would be needed. A third goal was to investigate a 1,600 foot set of parallel lines that Jonathan Eagle had discovered from satellite photos from a project that the A.R.E. had funded. A fourth goal was to investigate two circular features (also in the satellite data) south of South Bimini. A fifth goal was to obtain bottom feature and depth data on the western side of Bimini for the purpose of helping any future side-scan sonar or sub-bottom profiling activities.
We were able to complete all of our investigations. We located the Pentagon, did an on-site investigation, and determined that sub-bottom profiling will be necessary. The water is about 14’ deep at that location. A feature resembling a “hexagon’ was also sighted about two miles to the east of the Pentagon. The Rectangle could be penetrated down to 9’ (the limit of the rods size), showing that if stone is present it is deeper. If a stone foundation is present at approximately 10’ to 12’ it would date to about 10,000 B.C. Sub-bottom profiling will be necessary to determine this. Since the northeast corner is deepest at about 6’ this could be scanned, but much of it could not because it goes to about 3’ in depth.
While investigating the two 1,600’ lines Jonathan Eagle noted a severe temperature discrepancy: the water at the surface was about 78 degrees, while that at the bottom was approximately 90 to 95 degrees. The Pentagon, Rectangle, and Parallel Lines are all defined by sea vegetation, typically sea grass. We located the two circular features with no difficulty and our probing rods hit stone in both locations. Bottom feature data was obtained from the western side of Bimini down to the vicinity of Cat Cay. Unusual formations were noted in deeper water on the western side of North Bimini, fairly close from a perspective of latitude to that at which the Bimini Road is located. We are currently seeking renewal of our permit to do side-scan sonar and to get permission from the Bahamian government to add sub-bottom profiling to it.
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