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Pyramids in Sicily

The unbelievable resemblance between the Sicilian constructions and those of the Canaries Islands disclose the history of a people that has its origin in the most remote past. Were they the Sicans to build the Pyramids of the AlcantaraValley? 

The pyramid is a type of architecture present all over the world, to the point to be hypothesized a common cultural source that has inspired these monuments. An ancestral people widespread all over the world, on whose traces we of Sator ws are for a long time. A lot of analogies have emerged in these months, to the point to be shown the presence of a megalithic civilization millennia before how much thought by the official History. But two islands exist that virtually introduce identical constructions that can give us the key of reading this mystery. The distance that separates in fact Sicily from the island of Tenerife, in the Canaries, it is of thousand of km, but if we observe the terraces pyramids realized in volcanic stone in both these places, we realize of the existance of a common heritage. The Sicilian Pyramids are known from about ten years but only recently their antiquity is understood. In the Valley of the Alcantara river, to the northern slopes of the Etna Volcano, near Catania, they are at least ten, and all show the same structures. About ten meters height and twenty-thirty wide, are composed of black volcanic stones methodically positioned without concrete, according to a scheme exceptionally accurate.

(Above) One of the unbelievable Sicilian pyramids, situated in the Valley of the Alcantara, to the feet of the Etna Volcano, near Catania.

The pyramids show terraces, staircases and in some cases a shape strongly lengthened, typical of pyramidal temples as those present in Mexico and in the Peru. This characteristic have an immediate comparison with the greatest European megalithic monument: the mound ("Cairn") of Barnenez, in Brittany (France), to about fifty km from Saint Malo. Dating back according to the archaeologists to an epoch between 5000 and the 4400 BCE, the colossal monument (along 70 meters, wide 26 and height 8) show clearly the same structure of the Sicilian Pyramids, beginning to unhinge the theories of some Italian historians that consider the constructions of the Valley of the Alcantara only mere observation places built between the XVI and the XIX centuries. According to ignorant people, the pyramids would be simple places for checking the job of the farmers. But the history is different, The pyramids were not built in recent times. It deals with imposing monuments as they show only also the photos that we show in exclusive: it is not possible to build similar works without the joined job of about hundred of workers and technicians specialized in the placing of the rocks. Sicily is full of "dry walls" (without concrete), but these ones are formidable to absorb the earthquakes and the popular stories could narrate a periodical restauration. The antisismic function and the general sturdiness of these sacred buildings, directed to the cardinal points, it is common to other famous insular pyramids, those present in the Canaries Isles, precisely in the island of Tenerife.

(Above) The pyramids of Sicily show characteristics already known in the world. A terraces structure, notable dimensions and access ramps to the peak. All accompanied by a perfect orientation with the cardinal points. It deals with constructions realized by hundreds, perhaps thousand of men, well organized and in possession of notable scientific knowledges. (Below, to the left and to the center) Impossible not to notice the similarities with the Pyramids of Guimar, in the Canaries, in Tenerife: although better preserved and recently restored, the same constructive care and the same astronomic precision is noticed. (To the right) The mound of Barnenez, in Brittany, dated 4400 BCE but perhaps more ancient, is considered the greatest megalithic monument of Europe and show analogies in the shape and in the realization of the Sicilian pyramids. 

The Pyramids of Güimar are situated in a specific place on the oriental coast of the African islands but of Spanish sovereignity. Considered likewise to the Sicilians ones only farmers product, in reality they show exceptional astronomic connotations that were discovered by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl. This famous Norwegian researcher went to the Canaries in the Sixties to show the possibility to cross the Atlantic with boats typical of ancient Egypt or of the Phoenician ones. (With the boat made of papyrus rushes denominated "Ra II" it showed in 1970 that it was possible to travel from Morocco to Barbados in 57 days exploiting favorable winds and Gulf Stream. A possibility evidently known by Christopher Columbus and adopted on the occasion of the first trip to America in 1492). But what mostly surprised Heyerdahl and his collaborators, were the megalithic structures that were present in Tenerife. The astronomic language so familiar to our ancestors was present on the top of the Pyramids of Güimar: in the day of the summer solstice from the base of the heighest pyramid the people was able (and are able still today) to observe the Sun go down behind the peak of a mountain to the horizon, to go beyond it and to plough a last piece of sky before definitely disappearing behind the adjacent peak. To the morning of the winter solstice on the pyramids instead it is possible to climb following the run of the Sun through a stairway on their western side. Heyerdahl, explorer and not archaeologist, didn't want to express himself on the people that could have built similar works, but he affirmed that the pyramids of Güimar could have a connection with the mythical Atlantis.

(Above, to the left) Map of the Mediterranean that reproduces the migrations of the Crô-Magnon people beginning from 35000 years ago. From a common Berber origin developped iberian-ligures populations, that at the end were installed in Sicily forming the people of the Sicans, strongly similar to the Guanches that instead migrated in the Canaries, more Westward, being isolated for millennia. (To the center) A portrait of one of the last Guanches: they are evident the Crô-Magnons characteristic of that people. (To the right) A Guanches mummy, a thirty year-old girl, perfectly preserved, with tall cheekbones and red hair.



Atlantis? The Canaries in such sense offer dozens of signs. To start from the position in the middle of the Atlantic ocean up to its mysterious people, the Guanches, that lived up to the arrival of the Spaniards, before succumbing, genetically boundless by intermarriages. But from the archaeological discoveries and above all from the Genetics, today we are able to know a lot of this stock and the connection with the people that built the Sicilian pyramids. The Guanches were known since the antiquity from the Phoenicians and from the Carthaginians, that discovered the Canaries during their trips. This people had evident Caucasian characteristics of Crô-Magnon origin: very tall, white skin and blonde or red hair, the Guanches lived in caves on slant of the mountains but they had great skill in manifacturing; pacific people, matriarchal, proud of the liberty and of his relationship with the Nature, they adored stellar divinities, a Mother Goddess and the God of Sun as the Egyptians, and they practised the art of the mummification. According to the thesis more affirmed based on genetic tests of the mitocondrial Dna, the Guanches were strongly similar to the Berbers of the Nordafrica and in fact these populations are today still representatives of a original Indo-European stock. The Crô-Magnon variant of the Homo Sapiens Sapiens in fact, was born in Africa around 50000 years ago and spread beginning from 40000 years ago in Asia and Europe. In North Africa people that would be subsequently became Berbers, crossed the Strait of Gibiltar and established in Spain, giving origin to the Preindo-European civilization of the Ligures. In the same period likewise other people Pre-Berberes crossed the line of sea between the coast of Morocco and the Canaries, giving origin to the people of Guanches. An extreme thesis? Certainly in Europe the migratory tides were at least two, one through Spain and the Mediterranean coast up to Italy, and the second one through the Middle East and Balkans. Both these tides, if it doesn't deal with the same population, they were bearers of advanced astronomic and religious notions and they were characterized for the systematic erection, in particular places, of heavy megaliths and the modelling of semi-natural pyramids. The same could have happened in the Canaries, where this primitive people however was isolated and without the possibility to effect its commercial and cultural exchanges.



(Above) A reconstructive diorama of the caves lived by the Guanches, in this case Pueblo Chico, at Tenerife. It deals with a practical and effective life-style, not at all primitive. 

The Guanches could have held back, in the myths and in the habits, the memory of the First People that gave origin to the megalithic civilization. The Guanches could not however evolve industrially, remaining in natural harmony with the surrounding environment. After all the Canaries are a heaven in such sense and they are endowed with food and water in abundance, as well as of sure shelters and lumber as fuel. What else could have they need? The Guanches populations of the various islands, quickly lost the ability of sailing and each ones remained in a sort of enclave and if the contacts among the various islands of the archipelago were possible, surely were not realizable commercial long ray exchanges (not even having America nearby). The arrival of the Carthaginians didn't change the life of the Guanches, and not even the arrival of the Romans, that named the Canaries Lucky Islands. Plinio the Old broadly described them, however not quoting the presence of some people except the discovery, by the Latin sailors, of megalithic temples and dolmens. Evidently the Guanches believed that the visitors were dangerous enemies and they found shelter in their inacessible caves. They have the right reason to fear the Romans. But the Canaries, after centuries of forgetfulness, were rediscoveries from Genoan navigators and the Knights Templars toward the end of the XIII Century.  

The famous writer Giovanni Boccaccio spoke for a long time of this rediscovery and described the Guanches in the detail, before the Spanish invasions of the XV Century swept away the traces of this mysterious people. But what is the connection between the pyramids of Güimar and the Guanches? Surely the pyramids were not built by them, but by their ancestors. But really at Güimar a Guanches installation has been found inside one of the pyramids, sign that the place was known and populated.

An ethnic base ancient about ten thousand of years however brings us to the people of the Sicans, the first inhabitant of Sicily. The History teaches us that the Sicans, were not Indo-European people (this is false, according to us the Sicans are Crô-Magnon), lived the area in the south of Spain corresponding to the modern Andalusia. Fighting, always according to the historians, with the autochtonous populations of Ligures, the Sicans directed toward Sicily, where they installed around the 3000 BCE. Numerous studies exist regarding the Sicans, the most interesting of which, affirms that, contrarily than held, there are some strong physical and genetic similarities between these first Sicilians and the Berbers. The Berbers, once more! The white population of Crô-Magnon native in the North Africa tightly seems releated with the Sicans, that after all they were native of southern Spain, therefore a step away from Africa. In prehistoric times, preceding the end of the last Glaciation happened 12000 years ago, Sicily was notably nearer besides to Africa following the lowering of the sea level, a colonization making possible directed from Tunisia of the Sicily.



(Above) In Gran Canaria island, near the Cenobio Valeron, are visible these caves, inhabited from the Guanches up to the XV Century. The structure is similar to a beehive. (To the center) Always in Gran Canaria, near the Roque Nublo, a Guanches cave on a slope shows the natural defenses used by the ancient inhabitants of the island. (To the right) In the widest caves the population practised the art of the mummification, likewise to the Egyptians.

(Below, to the left) A system of dwelling-places analogous to those of the Guanches are present in Sicily, near Cassibile, in the near Syracuse, and also near the necropolis of Pantalica (to the center): a tangle of caves dug in the rock, on the slopes. (To the right) Also the Ligures adopted an analogous system for their necropolies, as in this photo took on the slopes of the Olgisio Mountain: sign of a common cultural and genetic society of the Crô-Magnon people.

It also it is necessary to say that, as we have seen regarding the study on the origins of the city of Rome, the Sicans and the Ligures had a common housing nucleus in the area where the Eternal City would have risen. The two populations deducted to be of common stock: the Roman installation had important functions of union among the north Preindo-European people, the Ligures, and those in the south, the Sicans. We have many evidencies that show the similarities both of the Ligures people and those of Sicans: we ask ourselfs if these first inhabitants of the Mediterranean were a homogeneous people. The caves of Mount Olgisio, near Piacenza, those of Pantalica on the Iblei Mountains and those of Cassibile next to Syracuse, are only some examples of identical housing conformation. In the fact, caves and grottoes, often dug on canyons and precipices. Analogous troglodytean structures are found in the Canaries, it is obvious, but also in other African areas, for example in Morocco on the mountains of the Atlas, or more southward, in the Mali, in the cliffs of Bandjagara lived by the Dogons. Other similarities are present in the caves of the whole Asia. But this people of Berber origin finds further derivations. The Ligures were so named by the Greeks, but their original name was Libui or Libi, a name that introduces an unbelievable assonance with the territory of Libya, as if they were native of that region. However they were certainly the first inhabitants of Italy, with their presence from the 20-25000 BCE right in the region that takes the name from them, Liguria. The Berbers have been populated the Nordafrican area from at least 40000 years and the Sicans probably occupied Sicily much longer before of how hypothesized by the historians: here is the people that built the pyramids! The pyramids of Sicily, certainly, but not only, perhaps. Evidences of the Bosnian area of Visoko confirm of 36000 year-old ancient pyramids, and we also see affinity with the Egyptian people. This people was very multiethnic and some pharaon have Indo-European characteristics (the clearest example is that of Ramses II, with a notable stature and red hair).

 However, the genetic Berber affinities of Guanches, Sicans and Iberians, Ligures and so many other primordial people should not forget us that the testimonies of that incredibly ancient epoch are vivid and present still today: only the mental idleness or the excessive care prevent from seeing the widespread megalithic traces. What to say in fact of the Pyramid of Pietraperzia? Placed in the heart of Sicily, near of Enna, it deals with a construction of rectangular plant, 55 meters long, wide 30 and 13 meters height, that showes in the outskirtses traces of inhabited caves, laboratories for the workmanship of the flint, four megalithic staircases carved in the rock directed according to the cardinal points and a throne in stone similar to those discovered in France and Spain and used for propitiatory purposes and ritual of fertility. 

(Above) The unbelievable structure of Pietraperzia, near Enna: it deals with a pyramid of rectangular plant, 55 meters long.

The structure, as it happens in Tenerife and in the Valley of the Alcantara, it is terraced, with degrading platforms, while the perimeter is surrounded by a vast circular area that well exemplifies the sense of the astronomic symbols (the belonging of the pyramid to the cycle of the universe). On a forum of Archaeology we have found the following news, that we integrally bring: "The European Union and a partnership of scholars of Tenerife (among which Vicente Valensia Alfonso of Tenerife that has already worked with the Univ. of the Maine in the Spanish site of Güimar) have created a collaboration to study the whole area of Pietraperzia. A stratigraphical study will be effected under the supervision of the prof. E. Anati with the aid of an aerostatic ball to effect aerial surveys on a vast surrounding area. The objective is, because of the presence of numerous necropolies in the proximities, the search of a correlated village to the site." We allow us to suggest to the researchers to observe in the caves, instead of looking for foundations of imaginary huts that were not used by these Preindo-Europeans. But beyond this note on the method, it deals with a first, valid approach to the comparative study of these structures, but it needs that the archaeologist put aside their medievalism and attribute to the correct epoch these structures, that little by little are coming out in the whole Sicily.
Lorena Bianchi


 (Above) Details of the pyramids of the Valley of the Alcantara: the ramps of the stairways and the terraces, put to comparison with the structures of Tenerife (after all to the right). (Below) The pyramidal shape and the platform on the summit are evident, and this particular is similar to the Mexicans and Peruvians temples, and of course to the Canarian pyramids. Sign of a common symbolism to the most ancient populations of the world. The mark of a primitive civilization?


Mrs. Lorena Bianchi

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