Buried Indonesian Structure Older Than the Pyramids

Picture: Mohammad Fadil (CC)

Gunung Padang style…

Via Jakarta Times:

A recent analysis of carbon-dating by the Miami-based Beta Analytic Lab has apparently validated findings by a government-sanctioned team that a man-made structure, buried under Mount Padang in Cianjur, West Java, is older than the Giza pyramid.

Carbon-dating test results from the Miami lab show that the structure could date back to 14,000 BC or beyond.

The lab used samples of sand, soil and charcoal found at a depth of between three and 12 meters beneath the mountain’s surface.

The Giza pyramids were constructed around 2,500 BC.

“The analysis of the Miami lab dismisses doubts over an earlier test conducted by the National Nuclear Agency [Batan]. There is no more doubt that the structure beneath Mount Padang is older than the Giza pyramid,” geologist and member of the Mount Padang research team Budianto Ontowirjo said on Sunday.

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Hat Tip: Legendary Times.

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  • honu

    Love this stuff. Thanks Matt. What’s amazing to me is that in the last 10 years there have been more archaeological findings that are going back further and further into the record. It’s evolving our understanding of life on this planet and has completely blown away the timeline I was taught growing up.

    • Matt Staggs

      I really can’t get enough of it, either. Glad you enjoy it too.

      • Jin The Ninja

        ditto. thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/jzenman James Inman

    According to Graham Hancock the pyramids may be way way older than 2500 B.C. They could be over 25,000 years old. Mainstream Egyptology claims the pyramids were constructed in 2500 B.C. but you can’t actually carbon date the granite and limestone on the pyramids. And there’s some controversy on the so-called “discovery” of the graffiti workers left inside the pyramid. Also many of the Pharaohs claimed they made certain temples for themselves when it’s been proven they just tried to change other Pharaohs histories. There are no hieroglyphs at all inside the Giza pyramids. No one really knows how old they are.

  • Hadrian999

    older than the ziggurats too, that is impressive

  • InfvoCuernos

    When you realize how much of our history is recorded on degradable media-paper, papyrus, velum, not to mention the highly unstable electronic media currently in vogue, its down right staggering what civilizations could have come before us and remain outside our knowledge, at least until time traveling technology comes into the public arena. Man, I can’t wait to see all of those things.

    • Matt Staggs

      Funny you say that: I was considering the very same thing on the way home. What if humanity had some sort of weird eternal cycle of development and collapse where we built massive civilizations that advanced to the digital/nuclear age and self-destructed and then reset to do it all again?

      • OverTheRainbow

        Neil Gaimen touched on this idea in The Books of Magic: “Is this Atlantis?” – “Not exactly. The true Atlantis was taken by the waves before this…There have been an awful lot of Atlantises, will be quite a few more…It’s just a symbol…The sunken land is lost beneath the dark sea, lost beneath the waves of wet, black stories and myths that break upon the shores of our minds. Atlantis is the shadow-land, the birth-place of civilization. The Fair Land in the West that is lost to us, but remains forever, true birthplace and true goal.”