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Amelia Earhart Archaeological Site: Evidence, Cover Ups and Jazz Tributes

Updated on March 8, 2018
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Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

The above video is a tribute to the pilot whose radio signals were finally recognized by the US Federal Government as those of Amelia Earhart. The announcement came in 2012.

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Was Amelia Earhart shipped to Saipan for several days in prison and execution? william Sablan of Guam said his uncle Tun worked at a Japanese prison in late 1930s

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Research Updates

March 7, 2018

  • Rodgers, J. Amelia Earhart mystery solved? Scientist '99 percent' sure bones found belong to aviator. Fox News. "Richard Jantz, an emeritus anthropology professor at the University of Tennessee, argues that bones discovered on the Pacific Island of Nikumaroro in 1940 were likely Earhart’s remains. The research contradicts a forensic analysis of the remains in 1941 that described the bones as belonging to a male. The bones, which were subsequently lost, continue to be a source of debate." Retrieved March 7, 2018.

November 25, 2017

  • Lost Pilot Spent Days In Prison Before death in Saipan An article by Summer Meza in Newsweek offers new evidence in the disappearance of the most famous female pilot in history. Mr. William Sablan, of the Mariana Islands, says that Amelia Earhart was brought to Saipan and spent several days in prison after being brought to the South Pacific island by ship.

August 18, 2012

  • Pieces of Amelia Earhart's plane located? - Technology & Science - Pieces of Amelia Earhart's plane may have been located in the depths of the waters off Nikumaroro island in the SW Pacific republic of Kiribati, according to preliminary review of high-definition video taken last month at the uninhabited coral atoll.

Nikumaroro island:
Nikumaroro Island, Kiribati

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Saipan, CNMI

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Archaeology: Discovery of Earhart and Noonan

In the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), an alien ship lands at the end of the story and discharges several famous personages that had seemed to have disappeared on Earth. One of them was Amelia Earhart. However, in 2012, evidence had grown solid that Earhart's final days were spent in the South Pacific.

Archaeology has become a vital discipline in studying the short history of human flight that began in a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio and the skies over a beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903. In just 110 years, much has been lost but is coming to light.

The Amelia Earhart Archaeological Site on Gardner Island, renamed Nikumaroro, has been excavated at least nine times to mid-2012, each time yielding additional evidence that Amelia Earhart spent her last days attempting to survive with navigator Fred Noonan on this island after her plane landed, out of fuel.

In May 2012, the latest exhibit of evidence was a skin cream jar from the 1930s, broken into pieces and used as a cutting instrument, likely to cut apart and cook turtle and fish meat, the skeletons of which were found with the glass bits. A cosmetic bag and other female toiletry items were also in the location of the broken glass jar (reference: The Earhart Project, link below).

The Earhart Project

The Earhart-related Archaeological Region


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Mili Atoll:
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Lesser known theories state that the plane, pilot and co-pilot were lost here.

Howland Island:
Howland Island, United States Minor Outlying Islands

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Nikumaroro Island or Gardner Island, renamed:
Nikumaroro Island, Kiribati

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American Samoa:
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Location Reference Point

Radio Signals Finally Recognized as Earhart's

Technology advanced to a point in 2012, that over 50 of 120 radio signals reported in July 1937 newspaper headlines as being from Earhart, actually were from the female flyer. Back in 1937, when the US Navy and Coastguard search teams could not find Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan after several days, the search was ended and the radio signals dismissed as false or erroneous reports. This is unfortunate, since search teams were undoubtedly near to Earhart and Noonan's location.

The confirmed radio signals and voice messages confirm that the Earhart plane was running low of fuel before reaching its destination of Howland Island and that the plan landed on its wheels, where it stood upright for several days (MSNBC Science). The military search for Earhart was given up as a bad job much too soon, in my opinion; and, professional search companies were not yet a reality, as in the famous case of the disappeared high school student, 2005's Natalie Holloway.

However, the United States was dealing with The Great Depression and readying for the gearing up of defenses to combat of Hitler's and Axis initiatives for World War II. Although the US did not enter the war until 1941, resources were no doubt being readied, especially in the opinion of servicemen of the era with whom I have been able to speak in the past.

A Call For Recognition

Thus far, the work toward finding Amelia Earhart's plan and remains has been the work of the nonprofit TIGHAR (see link above). Many of the public have wondered why the American government has not become more involved in this project.

However, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced in DC that TIGHAR would search for the Lockheed Electra off the coral reef of Gardner Island (Nikumaroro) in the second half of 2012. The Secretary's announcement has brought additional awareness for The Earhart Project to the US Government.

Gardner Island is an archeological site excavated regularly by US researchers that want to discover the solution to Amelia Earhart's disappearance in early July, 1937. However, the site has not received a name or much recognition within America or globally. Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro Island in the Republic of Kiribati, could benefit from official recognition by the American Government.

Gardner Island is a protectorate of the United States and as such, could be declared a National Historic Place and listed on the federal register of such historic places. The rationale for so doing is the likelihood that Amelia Earhart spent her last days on this island - more accurately a coral atoll.

On May 20 and 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the 1st woman, and only the 2nd person, to make a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft used was a bright red Lockheed Vega 5B.
On May 20 and 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the 1st woman, and only the 2nd person, to make a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft used was a bright red Lockheed Vega 5B. | Source

Recognition Spurs Growth and Interest

With such recognition, perhaps additional manpower and university and funding resources might be sent to Gardner Island with the goals of finding all the relevant artifacts that may be found.

Pieces of the plane and other artifacts could be displayed here or in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Because of rising ocean levels, the low-lying Gardner Island is in danger of future submersion, so the local government is considering the construction of additional (man made) floating islands for residents in case of such a mishap. Submersion of the island may lose any additional archaeological finds forever.

More importantly, if any physical remains of the famous aviatrix and her navigator could be found, proper burials would lend closure for families and the public.

July 2012 was the 75th anniversary year of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Data at the TIGHAR links above indicate that two new articles will appear in scholarly journals during Summer and Autumn, 2012.

Information includes some conspiracy theories of the disappearance, such as Japanese execution of the two fliers and a US Federal Government cover up. A recent book by US Naval Vet, Sherman A. Meeds, Jr., confirms cover up possibilities. The book is No Place to Put a Stone, also shown above

Monument in East Dock, Bury Port in UK.
Monument in East Dock, Bury Port in UK. | Source


  • Gillespie, R. Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance. Naval Institute Press; 2009.
  • History Channel. Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence. 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  • Meeds, S.A. No Place to Put a Stone: An Analysis of Facts Concerning the Disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. CreateSpace; 2012.
  • National Museum of the Air Force. Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
  • Wilkinson, J. and Crane, E. Amelia Earhart 'was executed by the Japanese': New 'witness' account claims aviation pioneer was held in Saipan before being killed - and the US military collected her body and covered it up. Daily Mail UK. Retrieved November 25, 2017.

© 2012 Patty Inglish MS


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      August 2012 -- New underwater video shows that pieces of Amelia Earhart's plane may have been located in the depths of the waters off Nikumaroro island. A field of man-made debris lies there, including airplane parts.

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      9 years ago

      Thank you

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Whom do we approach for a national holiday? We should find out, Nessa. I'll look around.

      DigbyAdams - It's fantastic, Digby and exciting. It is very sad the family was left out of the loop. I think I will write the White House.

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      9 years ago

      Wow, this is fantastic Patty, that a member of the Amelia Earhart family responded! I agree that it's very sad (and frustrating for them) that they aren't kept informed of the investigation.

    • NessaDawn2007 profile image


      9 years ago

      It would be great to have a holiday named after my distant cousin. I heard she was an amazing woman. I just wish I had had the chance to know her. The last living Earhart with the name passed away last year not having any answers. I may not have the same last name, but I am family and want answers.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you for writing, NessaDawn2007. I have always wanted to know what happened to your brave and talented relative, Amelia. The family should be in the loop from beginning to end! I'll add information to this Hub as I find it. It would be nice to have a national holiday in her honor.

    • NessaDawn2007 profile image


      9 years ago

      I want to thank you for writing this article. I am one of the last living relatives of Amelia Earhart. It makes me happy to see people take an interest in my family. Even though no one told the family that they were going to try to find answers. It makes me sick that they would leave us out. But, you have taken the time to inform the public with your article. Again I want to thank you.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for posting, RealHouseWife - I hope the event was not really used as a cover up to distract from US Naval missions. Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan deserved an all-out commitment to find them.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I really do hope we find out what happened to Amelia and Noonan. I have always wondered. My middle daughter was home from school sick one day and we watched the recent movie and she became fascinated too. Now she has read a few books and did a report about her.

      The ariel view of the island was cool. I wonder if this is the same island I read about just a little while back. They said they also found evidence of food being consumed - like bones from fish or birds that were consumed.

      It would be so scary to have landed there - not the worst thing yet but still? And the 7 is pretty wonderous too! I wish someone who knew the whole story of the man and woman that were marooned were around to answer a few things.

      Excellent hub - I know my girl will really enjoy the hub and video too! I hope our government does step up and take more action - the second half of 2012 is here!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank very much, Angela. Let's keep an eye on what happens the rests of this year; maybe we will have more answers!

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      Angela Blair 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you for writing on one of my favorite subjects -- Amelia Earhart's disappearance has always been one of the great disappearance mysteries I've followed with interest. Great information and written with excellence. Voted Up. Best/Sis

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      DonnaCosmato - I am also intrigued - it's exciting to think about the search for Amelia's airplane! I, too, want to know what happened and to see more artifacts. A nice memorial statue on the island would be quite good.

      Dorsi - You're right! - rescue workers would probably have found her today. I have a fiction book to read that focuses on her possible thoughts throughout the journey. Should be interesting.

      Earth Angel - It is impressive that you are a pilot! WOW! Have you ever entered the Air Race Classic? Let's all keep a good thought for the archaeologists finding more information!

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      Earth Angel 

      9 years ago

      GREAT Hub Patty!! As a pilot myself I have always been fascinated with the AE story, the triumphs and the terrible loss of a gifted and courageous (albeit sometimes foolish) woman aviator! Thumbs up and five stars all the way! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Earth Angel!

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      Dorsi Diaz 

      9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      I became fascinated with Amelia Earharts story after watching the movie about her. What an interesting person she was. So sad that the searchers were probably so close to finding them. With today's resources I'm sure they would have been found. Rated up!

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      Donna Cosmato 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks for some interesting and updated information on this mystery. I've always been intrigued by the Amelia Earhart story. I hope the family will have some better answers soon.


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