Sunken Continent Theory Believed Fortified
New York. Oct 19 (1937) -- (AP) -- A clue to a lost world in the Pacific ocean was announced here Tuesday by the Fahnestock-South Sea Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History.
The clue is swastika-like symbols, some say as big as windows, carved four inches deep in the face of a huge 40-ton monolith apparently hewn by human hands from an immense boulder. It was discovered in the Fiji islands.
There is nothing in the present South Sea peoples to explain the skill or tools which cut and carved this monolith. The symbols are not yet classed with any hieroglyphs or picture writing known.
The monolith, however, fills in an archeological trail running half way across the Pacific ocean which points to two possiblitities. One is a civilization which has disappeared. The other is a sunken continent, usually called Mu, that once might have filled that part of the ocean.
The discovery was made by Bruce and Sheridan Fahnestock of Manhasset, NY. They sailed from here two years ago on the 65-foot schooner, Director. They returned Tuesday.
They found the monolith on the island of Vanua Levu. A native legend of a vast cataclysm in the past led them to the great stone. They heard this legend on a sister island, Viti levu, 30 miles across deep water from the island of the monolith.
The legend says the two islands were once one and that the greater island had a written language.