by Alison Ray
Virginia Beach, Va. — Researchers for the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) have investigated an underwater site with what appears to be the remains of a collapsed multi-room building. Locals first found the structure and notified A.R.E. team members who made several expeditions to the location. The building foundation has manmade mitered limestone corners and other debris inside the outer walls. A sample of beach rock from a long, straight foundation wall was carbon dated to between 21,520 BCE and 20,610 BCE. These dates are astonishing, because prior to this discovery most researchers considered the oldest dates for humans in this area to be 1000 BCE.
A spokesman for the team said that their organization has been searching this region since the late 1960s and they have found many unusual underwater formations that appear to be manmade, but this is the first site to actually be carbon dated to a time long before the last Ice Age ended, indicating that a highly developed culture once lived off the coast of the Bahamas and operated throughout the region.
Edgar Cayce founded the non-profit Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in 1931. The A.R.E. teams conduct annual expeditions in the region off the Bahamas coast searching for remnants of a sophisticated pre-Ice Age culture. For more information about Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., please visit EdgarCayce.org.