6, July, 1960
Subject: Admiral Piri Reis Map
TO: Prof. Charles H. Hapgood
Keene, New Hampshire
Dear Professor Hapgood,
Your request of evaluation of certain unusual features of the Piri Reis map of
1513 by this organization has been reviewed. The claim that the lower part of
the map portrays the Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctic, and
the Palmer Peninsular, is reasonable. We find that this is the most logical
and in all probability the correct interpretation of the map.
The geographical detail shown in the lower part of the map agrees very
remarkably with the results of the seismic profile made across the top of the
ice-cap by the Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition of 1949. This indicates
the coastline had been mapped before it was covered by the ice-cap. The ice-cap
in this region is now about a mile thick.
We have no idea how the data on this map can be reconciled with the supposed
state of geographical knowledge in 1513.
Harold Z. Ohlmeyer Lt. Colonel, USAF Commander