Clips from the Science Channel series, “What on Earth?” reveals the remnants of an ancient city discovered by archaeologists off the coast of the tiny Pacific nation of Micronesia.
Academics are debating the origins of the archaeological site, Nan Madol, which is located on the remote island of Pohnpei. Some researchers believe the site dates to 1180, but Mark McCoy of Southern Methodist University believes it to be far older than other archaeologists think.
McCoy is quoted by FOX News as saying:
“It now looks like Nan Madol represents a first in Pacific Island history.
The tomb of the first chiefs of Pohnpei is a century older than similar monumental burials of leaders on other islands.
To me, in its prime, Nan Madol was a capital.
It was the seat of political power, the centre of the most important religious rituals, and the place where the former chiefs of the island were laid to rest.”
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