Australian Pyramids discussion
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Five Australian Pyramids in South Australia
The Gympie Pyramid is a terraced structure located in the outskirts of Gympie in Queensland, Australia. It has been proven to be an Italian farmer's construction to stop erosion.
The feature is subject to amateur speculation, which has been argued to be hagiography by serious scholars, especially suggestions that it was constructed by an unknown civilization, Egyptians, South Americans, or the Chinese.
Rex Gilroy claims that he discovered the Gympie Pyramid in 1975 and claimed that the "Pyramid" was created by Egyptians who had mining operations in Australia centuries ago, with bases of operation reaching as far as the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. In his article on the subject, Anthony G. Wheeler writes, "It seems that a terraced hill was claimed to be a pyramid on the basis of a nearby stone wall around a church being of unusual construction, supposed local legends and taboos that warned against intrusion into the pyramid area, the predominance in the area of a cactus of South or Central American origin, a statue (the 'Iron Man' or 'Gympie Ape') of non-aboriginal manufacture found nearby, and some crude inscriptions on a stone block dug up in the area." Wheeler notes that an amateur archaeologist, Marilyn N. Pye, became convinced that the "pyramid" and other features were evidence of ancient settlement in Australia by the Incas of South America.
While Pye argues the "pyramid" is of Incan origin, Gavin Menzies states that it is "direct and persuasive evidence of the Chinese visits to Australia" and that "its size, height and shape are typical of Ming dynasty observation platforms and it would have been wholly logical for the Chinese to build observatories to determine precisely the location of the phenomenal riches they had discovered."
Wheeler argues that the claims of an extraordinary origin for the pyramid are unfounded, writing, "The facts are (probably) that the Gympie "Golden" pyramid is actually an ordinary hill terraced by early Italian immigrants for viticulture that has been disfigured by erosion and the removal of stone from the retaining walls for use elsewhere ... As for all the supporting statements by the various authorities, all but a few unimportant ones fade away as one after another proves to be a misquote, a falsification or an outright fabrication."
Currently the Queensland Department of Main Roads is planning to build a road through the site.
South Australia Not Queenslaand
Gympie is in Queensland , these objects are in South Australia.
You're actually right. A lot of sites on the Internet said it's the Gympie Pyramids but they are far away of Gympie QLD. Or is there a unknown Gympie here too?
Here's an interesting site with photos of removed statues from the Gympie site in Queensland.
When I searched "Gympie Pyramid" in Google Earth this is where I was taken;
These are "turkey nest" dams
These are dams set out so that when rains come the cattle will have a water source for the rest of the year.
Dams makes sense,
but far less interesting.
Last edited by chrisianpow; 10-14-2009 at 12:10 AM.