Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for Yonaguni Ruins & YAY!

First for the YAY part: I received an email yesterday accepting a horror short fiction piece for Nightfall Magazine! It will be in the March 2014 issue, so a long ways off, but I'm sure my excitement can hold out that long. This will be the first short story I've had published, and also the first piece of horror. So YAY!!

Today's history's mystery is the Yonaguni Ruins. In 1986 or 1987, depending upon which source you believe, a diver discovered a stone formation under the sea near the Japanese island of Yonaguni Jima. It has been described as a pyramid, with tiered slabs going up for several levels.

By jpatokal [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The reason this is a mystery is multi-fold. For one, experts cannot agree on whether it is man-made or natural. The nature of the stone is such that it has lines along which natural breaks can occur, removing slabs and creating a tiered look. However, the Japanese say they have discovered tool marks that make it look like it was man-made, and since the original discovery, they've found tools scattered along the floor of the ocean that are yet to be dated.

If the stone pyramid is man-made, they feel that it was created on land, then sunk during an earthquake, something they have many of in the area.

Much like the Tarim mummies of Xinjiang, if the Yonaguni ruins are man-made, it changes history as we know it. You see, they would have had to have been submerged in the last ice age, when no intelligent civilization was said to have existed in the east. A man-made structure such as this would indicate the west didn't have a monopoly on intelligent life.

There are both man-made and natural structures similar in makeup around the world, so until they can find a way to better study the Yonaguni ruins, they will remain one of history's mysteries.

What do you think? Man-made or natural? Is eastern history inaccurate?

May you find your Muse.


  1. I don't know what to think. Never heard of this.


    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. You have found some interesting mysteries. Congratulations on your acceptance for publishing.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

  3. Congratulations on the short story!
    With all of Japan's earthquakes, I can see it being a man made structure that sank into the sea.

  4. Congratulations on your accepted story! Now that's a wonderful way to start the week. :)

  5. I have no idea what to think. However, I saw your good news on Facebook, and we're both really excited for you! Congrats!

  6. This is interesting! I love how discoveries like these can totally change the way we think about history.

  7. Woohoo for your short being published! Way to go!

  8. So excited for you about your story!! I can't wait to read it when it comes out. Yay!! :)

  9. Fiction sales tend to get published a ways off. I'm just happy for you - it's great that you landed a piece!

    John at The Bathroom Monologues

  10. Congrats on the short story! You'll remind us closer to that time (2014), I hope.

    About those ruins - we are now discovering in the 21st century that we don't know all we thought we knew. Very interesting finds, but usually there is a scientific explanation. Earthquakes are prevalent in that area, and that seems to be a logical guess. Unless, and this would be strange - Atlantis was in the Orient.

  11. Congratulations on having your story published!

    My guess is also that this could be part of Atlantis.

  12. yeah... I'm not buying the ice age part of it; that doesn't make any sense at all.

  13. So wonderful having your horror story accepted for publication! Who knows about these structures?Maybe we'll never know! Mystery will keep the story alive. Thank you!

  14. Interesting. I've never heard of this. But I'd love to see them proven to be man-made.

    Congratulations on your story! That's awesome. :)

  15. Underwater ruins are the creepiest kind.
    Congrats on the horror story being accepted! Hopefully many more will follow

  16. This one will join with the other mysteries yet unsolved!

    Wonderful news on your story!

  17. OOOOOOH! WOW! What a mystery, and now I shall go and read about this...

    How fabulously interesting! in fact, just spotted the entry below. You have a fan.

  18. Congrats! I really want to read your short story, even though its a long ways off.

    If this is the same thing I'm thinking of, it might be the possible city of Atlantis, according to some people. It wouldn't surprise me that much and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that people did live there, before anyone realized.

  19. Shannon, I have read about this in my wife's dive magazines. I find it fascinating and she would love to dive that area. And this could be alien made, don't forget that!

  20. Congrats on getting your short story published, and March of 2014 will be here before we know it :)

    Ah, another fun mystery, I have so enjoyed all the mysteries you have dug up.
    I wouldn't be surprised at all if we found out people were here before we realized it.

    Lucy from Lucy's Reality

  21. Congrats on the publish! Thats very exciting even if it is next year. And you forgot the always present alien theory on this one ;) I've truly enjoyed the mysteries you have shared with us this month. Thank you :)
    We Are Adventure

  22. Congratulations on your publication! That's fantastic!

  23. First of all, CONGRATS!!!

    Second, I think it's 50/50. There's no way we know everything about the history of the world, but it could just as easily be natural. We'll have to wait and see, but maybe we'll never know.

    #atozchallenge, Kristen's blog:

  24. Congrats on the story! I am sure you will be posting more as the date nears.

    I'm hoping the structure is man-made. Nothing like shaking up history as we know it! Am I right?

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink