The Piri Reis Map
In 1929 historians discovered a map. They traced the document back to a 16th-century Turkish admiral named Piri Reis but in stark contrast to other maps dating back to that time, the map depicts landmasses that were still as yet unexplored. It shows the coast of Antartica as it exists under the current ice-cover. The map also accurately charged the coasts of Europe and North Africa but it’s the illustration of North Antartica that truly astonishes ancient astronaut theorists because this region wouldn’t even be discovered for another 300 years. Antartica is covered by at least a mile thick ice. We didn’t have a ground-penetrating radar until 1958, so for a map to exist in 1531 is pretty interesting. When the scholars compared the modern-day map of the world to the Piri map, they were amazed to discover that the ancient chart was fantastically accurate in the most minute of details but how could the creators of the centuries-old map have known of mountains or rivers yet to be discovered.