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Researchers claim it is an ancient pyramid – an underwater anomaly near the coast of Portugal.

Boban Docevski

Around two years ago, Portuguese News channels reported an interesting discovery. Supposedly, there is a huge underwater pyramid between the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the Azores. The “pyramid” was first discovered by Diocleciano Silva. According to him, the pyramid is a perfectly squared structure, oriented to match the main compass directions. The measurements were made by a GPS technology. It is estimated that the structure is 60 meters high with a base of 8,000 square meters. This data was also analyzed by the Portuguese Navy Hydrographic Institute, they wanted to determine if the structure is man-made, or just a natural occurrence.

There are many speculations and theories about the pyramid. Some researchers go to the extremes and claim that this is a remnant of Atlantis, some even say that it was made by aliens. Scientists say that, based on the newest scans, the structure looks like an underwater volcanic hill.

The pyramid is located in an area of the mid-Atlantic that have been submerged for the last 20,000 years. This is approximately the time of the last ice age. Supporters of the idea that this is a man-made object are saying that the civilization that existed here before the ice age is responsible for constructing it. It is interesting that this discovery comes recently after archeologists from the Portuguese Association of Archaeological Research, discovered some evidence of human existence in the Azores thousands of years before the coming of the Portuguese people. This fact convinced some researchers to further support the idea that a different, older, civilization made the pyramid.

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The island of Pico, where evidence for an older civilization than the Portuguese is found. In the background, you can see Mount Pico, the highest mountain in Portugal. / Photo credit: Marlene Angeja (Creative Commons)

But, however things may look, there is still no definite explanation about the origin of the structure. Experts from the Portuguese Navy said that Diocleciano used sonar equipment with a very low resolution that made this ordinary volcanic hill look like a perfectly square pyramid.

From a geological perspective, the Azores are located above an active triple junction between three of the world’s large tectonic plates (the North American Plate, the Eurasian Plate, and the African Plate) a condition that has caused the existence of many faults and fractures in this region of the Atlantic. The islands of the archipelago were formed through volcanic and seismic activity during the Neogene Period. When you look the highly active volcanic and seismic history of the region, it is highly possible that the pyramid was created by these natural forces.

However, there is always space for wilder theories. There is always a small chance that an advanced and intelligent civilization found some high energy potential at this spot of the world and decided to build the pyramid in order to harness that energy. Energy channeling has always been connected with pyramids and this one is no exception. Furthermore, some ancient pyramid researchers believe that there are two more pyramids located in the vicinity of this one. They suggest that when you look at them, there is a pattern similar to the pyramids in Egypt.

Below, you can see a Portuguese news report made after the discovery of the pyramid. There is also a short interview with Diocleciano Silva, who claims the authenticity of his find.