Atlantis Lost

For centuries people have debated the existence of Atlantis mainly due to some writings of Plato. He wrote that his information came from other sources and that the lost island was destroyed outside of the Pillars of Hercules ages past. Most have written this off as a fable, perhaps inspired by the many disasters that befell ancient cities. Others have turned Atlantis studies into a career, often conjuring up many a bizarre and unproven theories. The subject has been so colored by the new-agish-lost-mother-civilization crowd that it is a difficult subject to study without drawing too many strange looks. Even some of the better theorists insist that Atlantis was a super advanced culture that seeded the world either before its destruction or as its people sought refuge. Similarities in ancient cultures around the world are said to be the product of Atlantean travelers. The easier answer would be that ancient peoples got around a little better than we give them credit for. And where is the evidence for lost technologies that match or exceed our own?

There are whole millennias of prehistory lost to us. No documents, only hints in legend and myth. There are mysterious remains and misunderstood sites. So it’s not that there aren’t mysteries to be solved. Atlantis may have more basis in fact than we know. Perhaps we will never know, but examining antiquity is difficult enough without allowing so many bizarre claims going unanswered. It’s true we can be blinded by accepted paradigms, but can we get some more scholarly research into prehistory? If you delve into this subject, be prepared for anything and good luck.

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  1. Richard Welch

    This article makes an excellent point. The Atlantis legend has been so distorted by baseless New Age type speculations than many serious investigators are gun-shy of the whole topic. Plato never said Atlantis possessed an advanced technology, only that it had impressive buildings and canals. (He never called it a “continent” either, only an island that controlled parts of west Europe and the NW coast of Africa.) Stripped of the flaky embellishments, the odds are that Atlantis was a supervolcanic island off Portugal that exploded and sank in the 17th century BC. Plato’s dating is obviously wrong, simply because the Egyptian priests (his source) habitually exaggerated historical time (see Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009).

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