Gold prospectors never pan for gold in industrial dumping grounds.
Much of what you describe of ancient technology as from some 'mysterious' race is actually from ancient Chinese sailors.
- Craig Yes, the map you refer to found in Turkey is the Piri Reis map. The very earliest maps show evidence of high technology and mapping techniques, of a complete globe that was known to be spherical.
There are a couple of others that show Antarctica in detail, as well. Later, as knowledge became lost, others set out to explore the world - and although more limited in their knowledge, were still aware of the planet as a whole, including its size.
The 'Topkapi' map of Piri Reis that you referred to, is actually compiled from ancient Chinese maps now in Beijing museum and not from some mysterious ancient culture.
Shipwrecks of massive Chinese junks in America, Australasia and Indonesia have been found (the Chinese ship's rudders were as tall as Columbus' ship!
There are numerous descriptions in world wide cultures describing boats that are consistent with the ancient Chinese junks of 1421.
In 2002, China unearthed a tomb containing statues of the hundreds of sailors who set sail in 1421 to navigate throughout the world.
Evidence suggests that the major factor was a sudden climate change (this would require a lengthy explanation which is a topic for the future) - being an aftermath of the Flood.
or is this most likely the result of the earth shift during the flood?
Hundreds of these sailors settled throughout the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia long before the white man set foot in those countries. I certainly agree with you that Chinese were in very active exploration around the world in the Middle Ages, before the Europeans.
Also that there was a Chinese expedition to North America around 2000 BC evidently part of the global survey being made.
However, their maps were cruder than the older ones. Although there is positive evidence of other Australian items landing up in the Middle east, I still have not tracked down the hard evidence for Gympie gold. Would love to get a sample from the tomb: You are right, Barry. Traditionally, metallic objects found underground are dated by the presumed age of the strata in which they are found.