Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Blog reader Dan is a lucky man.  He spends a lot of time traveling in Micronesia for work (the large grouping of islands in the Western Pacific that include Wake Island, Guam, and the Marshall Islands (all once or current protectorates of the Unites States).

If you're an archaeology buff like me (or watched Unsolved Mysteries as a kid), you may be familiar with the ancient basalt cities of Micronesia.  They comprise the kind of unusual places built by brown people thousands of years ago that white people later "discover" and assume only an advanced culture from a distant planet could build.  Perhaps the most familiar is Nan Madol on the island of Pohnpei (part of the Federated States of Micronesia), a vast network of megalithic stone structures built over the water.  The settlement dates back nearly 2,000 years.  Locals, when referring to the city, describe it as originating from the "other side of yesterday, another dimension".  To the east of Nan Madol is the island of Kosrae, and a similar stone city built on a man-made peninsula around 1200 CE.  While stumbling over the stone logs of "Lelu", Dan's eye landed on the basalt boner above.  Granted it's rock, but looks pretty human to me.     

More pictures from Nan Madol:

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