The seven pyramids of Mauritius

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For several years, there’s been much debate about the origin and meaning of seven small pyramids identified on the south side of Mauritius on a flat plain known as Plaine Magnien. According to work undertaken by French researcher and writer Antoine Gigal, none of the structures is taller than 12 metres, and each has between 6 and 11 evenly terraced steps, making them similar to other pyramids on the Mediterranean island of Sicily and the island of Tenerife off the western coast of Africa – islands which, like Mauritius, are also volcanic in origin.

The Tenerife question

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With Tenerife in particular, the pyramids are said to share many parallels. For example, both appear to be part of a complex, grouped together in a relatively small location. And both have been constructed from lava stone, without the use of mortar or any other material to bind them together. The pyramids in Tenerife are also no higher than 12 metres in height, and according to Gigal, there are no distinguishable differences between those and the ones on Mauritius, suggesting a link between the two that is more than merely coincidental. Could there be some kind of shared history that dates back to the time of the Pharoahs?

A local view

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Gigal, however, is not without her detractors, with many in Mauritius believing the pyramids to be nothing more than mounds of stones and rocks, piled into stacks by labourers in an attempt to clear the land for growing sugar cane. In fact, a 2009 article in Mauritian newspaper L’Express Dimanche claims that Gigal’s theory is nothing more than ‘pure storytelling’ and quotes local historians Guy Rouillard and Yvan Martial, who say the rocks were piled together in 1944, when the sugar company Mon-Treasury-My-Desert (MTMD) bought the land.

But Gigal remains convinced. For her, the assertion that these structures are merely huge mounds of rocks is ‘totally absurd’, as borne out by the precision of the lines and corner angles of the pyramids, and the fact that allowances have been made for uneven ground in order to maintain symmetry. She also maintains these structures are more than likely remnants of a seafaring culture well able to navigate the oceans, who left their traces on islands both sides of the African continent.

 

Read more of Gigal’s Mauritian findings on her website Gigal Research.

Have you seen the pyramids of Mauritius? What do you think about their origin? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Photos: Shanti Maurice, Imgur

This post is also available in: French

By airmauritius Tagged: ,, Posted in: BLOG CULTURE 12 Aug 2014
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  1. Gigal representation is misguided. She should acknowledge local historians and people that they are the monuments of indentured labour for the sugar industry. Nothing glorified about them but a painful reminder!

    Manmohun 4 years ago Reply
  2. I have a map by A. Descubes of The Public Works Department.It is very detailed,listing even the owners of portions of land.It does not mention the “pyramids” at all.This map was published in 1860

    Shaun Gascoigne 4 years ago Reply
  3. Hi there,

    Could you please help point me in the right direction as to whom to contact to view these pyramids on Mauritius?

    Walter 3 years ago Reply
    • Hi Walter, it is probably best to contact the hotels on the island – they help organise tours and activities all over Mauritius for their guests so are expert in all the tourist attractions. Hope this helps 🙂

      airmauritius 3 years ago Reply
    • Walter, send me your email. I wrote an article on them earlier this year. Not only a must see inife in general, but pure rubbish in regards to the locals saying piles of rocks. My article compares piles of rocks in mru to the pyramids in mru. In regards to someone taking you you definitly want a taxi guy that will take into the cane fields vs just the outside. Our taxi did just that. I have his info as well.

      Andrew 2 years ago Reply
  4. I have been to Mauritius on 4 occasions – my wife is from Mauritius. My memory tells me that I have seen step pyramids but not any of these seven. I seem to remember one partly obscured by trees. I think it may have been seen from the road from Moka to the Isle aux Cerf. My memory may be faulty.

    John Hobson 2 years ago Reply
  5. I was born and raised in Mauritius, but now in US.
    I believed these were piles made in the fields too earlier and we have some smaller ones on our own land, but looking at it from close range it just looks like a pile, but from afar it does look like a pyramid. Since similar structures are also found half the way across the globe, there must definitely be a connection. Keep in mind, there were Spanish people for a brief period of time there, followed by the French and British.

    Antish 11 months ago Reply
    • I think these line up nicely with Orion constellation just a suggestion from me on holiday !

      Angela 10 months ago Reply
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