Archaeology In The BahamasSince the 1960's many have claimed that The Bahamas contains the remains of ancient cities of lost civilizations. While this is a romantic notion, it is not possible. The best argument against this is that most of the area of the Bahama banks has been underwater since at least 8000 B.C., long before the appearance of the Mayas or any other high civilization in the Americas.
The most popular site is known as The Bimini Road or Wall has been proposed as evidence of the lost City of Atlantis. A few other sites, like the columns near Bimini or the temple near Andros have not been sufficiently investigated by reputable archaeologists.
The Bimini Road SiteRows of underwater stone blocks about one-half mile north of Paradise Point, North Bimini measuring about 1600 feet long, with a bend at one end. From the air the formation looks relatively uniform, although the blocks themselves vary considerably. In some sections, the blocks are square or rectangular, and give the very strong impression of a human-constructed wall. The site was initially thought to be a buried wall, but it was soon established that it was composed of only a single layer of blocks, and it became known as the "road."
The Andros "Temple" SiteThe temple site was discovered from the air in 1968, near the island of Andros, by pilots Robert Brush and Trigg Adams. It is a stone, foundation-like structure approximately 60 X 100 ft. Later investigation of the site, described 3-foot thick, skillfully worked limestone walls rising 2 feet above the ocean bed, and resembling the Mayan " Temple of the Turtles" in floor plan. In 1976 a archaeologist with the Cousteau group examined the site and found no evidence that this was true. Due to the relative inaccessibility of these sites, and the uncertainty concerning their locations, no one else has made a careful study of them. Also, a man from Andros stated that he helped build it as a sponge pen in the 1930's, convinced the archaeologist that it was unlikely to be of ancient origin.
Legitimate ArchaeologyIn recent decades, archaeologists have been paying attention to discoveries made which trace the evolution of the Lucayan Indians, who inhabited the islands until the arrival of Columbus and the ensuing genocide of the people. All of these discoveries have been land based. The presence of early man on the Bahama Bank dating to at least 12,000 years ago has been found submerged in sinkholes in Florida, as well as in Blue Holes and caves in several islands in The Bahamas.