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The Archaeological Evidence of Atlantis



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The legend of Atlantis is shrouded in myths and dreams of various eras and cultures.  It was a technically sophisticated paradise, its people peaceful and happy.  Greek philosopher Plato’s stories of Atlantis’ existence and destructions have been passed from generation to generation, still leaving many links missing to a mystery that has yet to be solved. 

Plato claimed that he had learned of Atlantis by one of his ancestors, the Greek statesman Solon, who had read the history about the sunken continent on a journey through Egypt.  Plato referred to a war between Atlantis and Ancient Athens that took place 9000 years ago.  He indicated that Ancient Athenians lived within the pillars of Hercules, today known as Gibraltar, while the Atlanteans lived on different islands.   This has of course led to intense speculations about the location of Atlantis.    Some researchers believe that the sunken island can be located in the territory of present-day Azores.  Others suggest its location to be closer to the United States, an island group near Florida known as Bimini, where evidence of a lost culture is present. 

Plato’s Atlantic Ocean doesn’t necessarily describe our Atlantic.  It becomes clear when one considers that the word Atlantis was just a synonym for the Greeks, describing a world-embracing ocean.  This would mean that Atlantis could be anywhere, in Troy, on Santorini, or even in India.

According to Plato Atlantis was a normal continent.   It extended from the north to the south with mountains, rivers, lakes and farmland.  The capital of Atlantis was built using precise geometry, perfectly fitting the city inside a circle.  The intellectual center of the city was a temple of Poseidon, a magnificent building surrounded by palaces. 

Plato described the coexistence on Atlantis as the ideal democratic society, a form of government, which he recommended to his contemporaries over and over again.  Critics suggest that Atlantis was possibly only an ideological make-belief city for Plato to better support his philosophical and political views.

Plato’s stories and American visionary Edgar Cayce’s statements are the only sources of everyday life in Atlantis.  We have learned of a magnificent architecture.  A natural stone in the colors white, black and red served as their building stone.  In Atlantis there were two natural springs, one with cold water, the other with hot water.  Hot spring baths were made available to the entire population.   The island was rich and offered all that was needed for daily life.  They ran a thriving trade with other civilizations, importing many beautiful items from abroad.  The Atlanteans were a highly advanced civilization according to Edgar Cayce’s visions.  Apparently they could already distinguish conducting from non-conducting metals and had knowledge of atomic physics.  They were able to produce energy and control energy flows.  In spite of all knowledge, Atlantis was doomed. 

One day Atlantis fell victim to a natural disaster according to Plato.  If this corresponds to the truth, then a massive submarine volcanic explosion, creating a major flood and causing the sea level to rise dramatically, would have buried Atlantis in the deep blue ocean.  According to Edgar Cayce, the Atlanteans conjured a total of three disasters.  They were all predicted so far in advance that the residents could emigrate.  The first disaster is believed to have occurred in 50,000 B.C.   The second catastrophe divided the continent into three smaller islands, Poseidia, Og and Aryan.  The final disaster, a monstrous earthquake, as described by Plato, finally led to the demise of the legendary Atlantis.

It might just be that researchers have already located the legendary Atlantis on the island of Santorini, a Greek vacation paradise.  This southernmost island of the Cyclades is located in the Aegean Sea.  A volcano  that erupted in 1525 B.C., whose crater is still visible today, could have been the cause for the destruction of Atlantis.  Excavations on Santorini indicate that the Greek culture might have been influenced by the Atlanteans.  Archaeologists did discover part of a city on Satorini, preserved by lava, giving them reasons to believe that they might have stumbled upon the legendary Atlantis.

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