Try to Find New Island on a Map: You Can’t, Even Though People Have Lived There for 43,500 Years…

Sounds to me like where Lost takes place. Fascinating story from Annalee Newitz on io9.com:

You can’t find New Island on most maps of the Indian Ocean because its location was a secret for most of the twentieth century. But now one man has chronicled the long, strange history of its ancient inhabitants.

The ruins you see here come from a group known locally as the “Old People,” who probably started living on the island 43,500 years ago. In the modern age, the island was discovered in the late eighteenth century by two convict ships that crashed there on the way to Australia. One of those ships was filled with hundreds of female convicts, who eventually founded their own civilization on the island, based on sexual equality and paganism. Today the island is a bustling place, full of trains and welcoming visitors.

Unfortunately, you can only visit via a website created from the imagination of Lee (Rusty) Mothes, a worldbuilder who loves to draw maps and island landscapes. New Island is a place he’s been imagining for over a decade, and he finally put all his pictures and ideas about it into one place, which reads like a work of fantasy travelogue.

Read More of Annalee Newitz’s article “The Lost Culture Of New Island Is 43,500 Years Old” on io9.com

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  • doodinthemood

    I cannot find where this place is on google earth. This could be some elaborate hoax but I don't know why?

    • Mok

      Weird, I went looking for myself. and of course found nothing. But, beside all the strange things on the site, like the painting of “Anita Bailey” dancing, with “chemtrails” painted in the sky!?!?!

      I did find an island with a vague resemblance to it called Pulau, north of Australia, in the Arafura Sea. Who knows…

      And then there is this quote;
      “For years, New Island's residents, with the help of the old Soviet Union and the American CIA, have kept New Island's existence a secret.”

      Which is weird that in the Indian Ocean, if you look up North Keeling Island. And head due West and you will find a spot where an island is smugged over with “ocean”. Obviously intentionally. Though it does seem to be smaller than the one in their map.

      I just don't see why the CIA would bother to help “conceal” this island. Unless they are rich beyond anyone else on the planet and could pay for such an operation.

      Most likely this is the fantasy land of some New Ager.

  • Azra31

    i don't think this is real.

  • nono

    RTFA much?

    “Unfortunately, you can only visit via a website created from the imagination of Lee (Rusty) Mothes, a worldbuilder who loves to draw maps and island landscapes. New Island is a place he’s been imagining for over a decade, and he finally put all his pictures and ideas about it into one place, which reads like a work of fantasy travelogue.”

    • doodinthemood

      Ah hehe. I had read it, but for some reason had taken it to mean that the guy had been dreaming of it for a while until eventually getting to go there. Funny how when taken out of context, things can make a lot more sense sometimes… Thanks :)

  • doodinthemood

    Ah hehe. I had read it, but for some reason had taken it to mean that the guy had been dreaming of it for a while until eventually getting to go there. Funny how when taken out of context, things can make a lot more sense sometimes… Thanks :)

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