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Flying Saucers-Top Secret: The Piri Reis Map

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       189/190 05 Aug 89 16:46:00
       From:   Michael Corbin
       To:     All
       Subj:   Flying Saucers-Top Secret
       To All:

       I have been  reading  a  book  by Major Donald Keyhoe titled 'Flying
       Saucers - Top Secret'.  This book was copyrighted (C) 1960 by Donald
       Keyhoe.  As you may know, Maj. Keyhoe  was  the  Director  of  NICAP
       (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon) back in the
       late 50's and  60's.   I  ran  across  a  very interesting  chapter,
       Chapter 16, which  deals  with the Navy investigation of a map which
       was discovered which caused them  a  great  deal  of  concern.  I am
       reprinting part of  that chapter here for information.   I  am  also
       interested in knowing  if  anyone  might have further information on
       this map for discussion.

       Major Keyhoe is in a meeting with  Captain  John Brent and Commander
       Larsen.  Captain Brent was one of Major Keyhoe's classmates  at  the
       Naval Academy.  Keyhoe has arranged the meeting to ask about reports
       that there had  been  UFOs  'observing  rocket  launchings  at  Cape
       Canaveral.  And another report,  from  a  missile  technician  at  a
       different base, said they'd had to hold up launchings  several times
       because of UFO  interference.'   During  the  discussion,  the story
       comes out about the map....

          "Why do you think UFOs are watching us?" I asked.
          "They may  be afraid we'll cause  trouble  out  in  space,"  said
           Larsen.  "And they'd have reason to worry, if they  were dealing
           with Soviet space fleets."

          "Have you  ever  thought,"  Captain Brent asked me quietly, "that
           the earth might be a colony started by another world?"
           I looked at him, startled.  "I've  heard  it  suggested, but--do
           you actually believe it?"

          "I'm certain  of  this much," replied Brent.  "A  race  far  more
           technically advanced than we are today was on earth thousands of
           years ago." He swung around to a cabinet, took out a folder.

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          "The Hydrographic  Office  of  the  Navy  has verified an ancient
           chart--it's called the Piri Reis  map--that  goes back more than
           5,000 years.  It's so accurate only one thing could explain it--
           a worldwide aerial survey."
          "That's almost incredible!" I said.

          "The Hydrographic Office experts couldn't believe  it, either, at
          first.  But  they  no only proved the map genuine, it's been used
          to correct errors in some present day maps."

          Commander Larsen leaned forward.   "Tell  him  about  the seismic

         "All right."   The  captain turned back to me.  "The  Director  of
          Weston Observatory  of  Boston  College  is  a top seismologist -
          Reverend Daniel Linehan, Society  of  Jesuits.  He's so good that
          the Navy got him to help in the Antarctic, to  find  where  there
          was land under the ice.

          The coast  lines they found were identical with those on the Piri
          Reis map.   So the map surveys  would  have  to  have  been  made
          centuries ago, before the land was buried by that deep ice.

         "Father Linehan revealed this on a Georgetown University Forum, as
          proof that  this  map  is  genuine.   The forum  transcript  also
          contains statements by the Hydrographic Office engineer in charge
          of the evaluation of the map -- Mr. M.I. Walters.

          Other significant points were made by A.H. Mallery, a retired sea
          captain--he's the  man who persuaded the Navy to examine the Piri
          Reis map, after he realized how important the old chart was."

          So far, Captain Brent told me,  only  part  of  the complete Piri
          Reis map had been found, a section covering the  coasts  of South
          America, Africa and a portion of Antarctica.  He showed me a copy
          of the   ancient   chart,  then  read  the  main  points  of  the

       Early in the sixteenth century, Admiral Piri Reis, Turkish Navy, had
       acquired a map  used by Columbus.   Combining  it  with  Greek  maps
       dating back to  Alexander the Great, he compiled a  world  chart  in

       In 1953, a Turkish naval officer sent the Piri Reis map to the Chief
       Engineer of the  United States Navy Hydrographic Office. To evaluate
       it, the Chief  Engineer  asked  the   aid  of  Captain  Mallery,  an
       authority on old maps, who had previously worked with him.

       After a long study, Mallery discovered the projection  method  used.
       Confirming this and  other  technical points, the Navy cartographers
       came to these conclusions:

           1.  Columbus had a map, on his historic voyage to America, which
               showed the coasts of Yucatan,  Guatemala,  South  America to
               the Straits of Magellan and a large part  of  the  Antarctic
           2.  The  original  maps went back at least 5,000 years, and some
               data shown went back even  farther.   Part of the land areas
               shown had been buried under ice for twenty centuries or

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           3.  Only  highly  trained  survey  teams and cartographers could
               have produced  charts of  such  "amazing  accuracy."   Their
               operations must have covered the entire earth.

       "We don't know  how  they  could  do  it so accurately  without  the
       airplane," Captain Mallery summed it up.  Captain Brent put down the

       "Mallery was right.  They couldn't have done it without some type of
       flying machine.  And   there  are  other  indications  of  a  highly
       advanced technology thousands of years before Christ."

       "But couldn't there have been an advanced earth race?"  I inquired.

       "Archaeologists have found evidence of other lost civilizations."

       "Yes, but no trace of factories,  laboratories  or  fuel plants.  It
       would have taken a huge industry to build and maintain  such  an air
       fleet.  But spaceships  from  another  world wouldn't require any of
       that--they'd bring what they needed,  just as we intend to do in our
       own space explorations.

       "For the first stages, our men will live aboard their ships, after
       landing on the moon and Mars.  This unknown space  race  could  have
       done the same  thing,  and  from that point we've worked out several
       possible developments."

       Using the Piri Reis map evaluations,  Captain  Brent  and Larsen had
       assumed spaceship landings  at  least  10,000  years   ago.   Before
       deciding on a  colony, said Brent, the unknown explorers undoubtedly
       would have tested  our  atmosphere,   gravity   and   other   living
       conditions, to make sure their race could adjust to life on earth.

       If overpopulation on their own planet had led them  to  plan a large
       scale migration, they  would  plan a civilization like their own, as
       far as possible.  Technically trained  groups  would  be  brought in
       first, then basic  equipment,  just  as we plan for  our  own  space
       colonies.  Following this,  emigrants  from their own world would be
       ferried to earth in huge spaceships.

       "That's simple logic," said Captain Brent.  "Our own planners expect
       giant spaceships, for this same purpose, within a century or two."

       "Yes," I said, "but if this had happened there'd surely be signs of
       advanced construction--different  and  better  than anything we have

       Captain Brent agreed.   "That's  why  we think something  must  have
       stopped them during  the  early stages.  Possibly it was disaster on
       their own planet--accidental nuclear  explosions, or an epidemic, or
       interplanetary war.

       Even if their  world  survived,  the  earth colony might  be  almost
       forgotten as they  rebuilt.   It  could  be  centuries  before their
       descendants got around to checking up."

       Meantime, Captain Brent continued,  descendants  of the first colony
       on earth would have developed on entirely different lines. When the

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       spaceships failed to  return,  the colony members would be concerned
       mainly with survival.

       Lacking machines and other technical equipment, they would be forced
       into a primitive life, their advanced  civilization  but  an unhappy
       memory.  To later  generations, struggling for existence,  the  link
       with another world would seem only a myth--if thought of at all.

       "And the net  result,"  concluded  Brent,  "would be the same if the
       first group was deliberately abandoned here."

       "Abandoned?" I said.  "But why should they be?"

       "To get rid of undesirables."

       "That's an ugly thought."

       "I don't mean criminals necessarily," replied the captain.  "Though
       turning a planet into a Devil's Island isn't impossible."

       Commander Larsen grimaced.  "Being  banished like that - most people
       would prefer a death sentence."


       As I went out to the parking lot, I thought of another angle to the
       colony theory.  What effect would this have upon religion?

       At first, it appeared to deny the Biblical story of  man's creation.
       But the landing  of  spaceships  on an already inhabited world would
       pose no such problem, and the space  race  still could have played a
       vital part in our civilization.  Ten thousand years  ago, spaceships
       could have landed  with no opposition.  The primitive tribes then on
       earth would have been awed, probably frightened into hiding. ....

       ...More and more,  I  realized the  difficulties  of  preparing  the
       public.  The most peaceful contact, even with beings like ourselves,
       would have a tremendous impact, raising a hundred questions.

       Why wasn't the  CIA, or whatever agency was in control,  already  at
       work on a program of prepartion?

       Perhaps they were  working  on  preparation.   Recently,  Don  Ecker
       uploaded a file (USAFTXT.FIL) which  contains  the  chapter  removed
       from USAF training  manuals dealing with the subject  of  UFOs.   In
       this manual,  there  is discussion of possible involvement with UFOs
       going back as far as 50,000 years.

       This material was being widely taught  to  cadets  in prepartion for
       their military careers until publicity after the Condon  Committee's
       recommendation to disband   Project   Bluebook  brought  unfavorable
       criticism to the Air Force for teaching  this  despite  the findings
       that UFOs are not real.

       The main point here is that apparently there was enough  concern and
       curiousity on the  part  of the military to study the Piri Reis maps
       and conclude that they were authentic and the other conclusions that
       were derived from that study to indicate that they were sufficiently
       concerned about the UFO phenomenon to connect them with the maps.

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       Another interesting note  in  this  material is the conclusions that
       the military was  drawing  out of  it  in  regards  to  the  ancient


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