Another “Stone Age Atlantis”

Here’s a report about the discovery by some Swedish divers of “an ancient underwater site” deep in the Baltic. Since it’s in the Nordic region, it’s being dubbed as the “Swedish Atlantis.”


Have you ever wondered why every time some evidence like this is discovered it’s always an Atlantis? Answer: it’s archeoporn. They need web traffic.

What we have (if the remains have been interpreted correctly) is a culture capable of building simple stone dwellings. That isn’t exactly Atlantis. But it makes for a good headline.

The issue is the age of the apparent settlement. From the link:

Buried 16 metres below the surface, Nilsson uncovered wood, flint tools, animal horns and ropes. . . . Among the most notable items found include a harpoon carving made from an animal bone, and the bones of an ancient animal called aurochs.

I can see why archaeologists would be excited about this. But honestly, I don’t see it as an “Atlantean” culture. A very old Nordic culture that used stone to build and harpooned sea creatures for food isn’t Atlantis.


The Google Earth Atlantis Conspiracy

Two years ago I blogged about alleged “structures” detected under the waters of the Caribbean via Google earth. Naturally, the paleobabble lobe in the brains of many people began throbbing away, directing them to the “truth” that Atlantis had been found. Fortunately for me, I had someone in one of the college classes I was teaching who knew something about imaging. She said right away that the “structures” were imaging quirks — something Google later proposed as well. I can now direct readers to this short post on the images from the Skeptophilia blog. Google re-imaged the areas and guess what? No structures.

Let the “cover up” conspiracy-speak begin!

Spanish Atlantis: An Update

Here’s a brief description by Archaeoblog of the National Geographic show on the latest theory on Atlantis that I blogged a couple days ago.  From the post:

It was interesting and not really all that out there but not terribly convincing. You could say “just excavate” but it’s apparently mostly waterlogged not very far down so just sinking some test pits is probably out of the question, unless you have gobs of money to throw around.

Atlantis Found?

This report on recent research by a real archaeologist and academic team (i.e., not Edgar Cayce disciples) is interesting. It appears worth following the results. There will apparently be a National Geographic Special on this tonight. Here’s an excerpt:

A research team searching for the fabled Lost City of Atlantis says it may have been found, just off the coast of southern Spain.

Leading a team of international geologists and archeologists, University of Hartford professor Richard Freund used the detailed accountings [sic] of Greek philosopher Plato as a map, narrowing down the location to the Mediterranian and Atlantic.

Then, a satellite photo of a suspected submerged city was used to find the site just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, the team believes they have pinpointed the ancient, multi-ringed dominion known as Atlantis.

Since the exact spot of the alleged submerged city was not indicated, I couldn’t find anything worth showing you on Google Earth. Perhaps after the National Geographic special more details will be on the web.

Atlantis: The Myth That Keeps on Giving

Ever wondered how a few lines of Plato’s Timaeus that mention Atlantis somehow morphed into a myth so bloated that you can fill a library wing with tomes by “authorities” and “researchers” describing the science, technology, religion, and enlightened culture of a place that may well never have existed?  Yeah, me too. For the record, here’s what Plato actually said — the passing comments upon which a paper and ink mountain has been erected:

For it is related in our records how once upon a time your State stayed the course of a mighty host, which, starting from a distant point in the Atlantic ocean, was insolently advancing to attack the whole of Europe, and Asia to boot. For the ocean there was at that time navigable; for in front of the mouth which you Greeks call, as you say, ‘the pillars of Heracles,’ there lay an island which was larger than Libya and Asia together; and it was possible for the travelers of that time to cross from it to the other islands, and from the islands to the whole of the continent over against them which encompasses that veritable ocean. For all that we have here, lying within the mouth of which we speak, is evidently a haven having a narrow entrance; but that yonder is a real ocean, and the land surrounding it may most rightly be called, in the fullest and truest sense, a continent. Now in this island of Atlantis there existed a confederation of kings, of great and marvelous power, which held sway over all the island, and over many other islands also and parts of the continent (Timaeus 24e–25a, R. G. Bury translation (Loeb Classical Library).

The good news is that we now have a true work of scholarship (don’t be misled by the book’s cover) that helps us understand how Plato’s trickle became the gusher of crapulence we now know as “the great Atlantean civilization.”  I speak of Jocelyn Godwin’s recent Atlantis and the Cycles of Time: Prophecies, Traditions, and Occult Revelations.

For those unfamiliar with Godwin, he is a legitimate scholar of esoteric thought. Don’t be misled by the book’s cover. Don’t be misled by the fact that it’s published by Inner Traditions. Anything by Godwin is worth reading. Be warned that this book won’t be light reading. I’ve read Godwin’s earlier work, Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism, and Nazi Survival. That book has perhaps the worst cover art in publishing history, but it’s a scholarly feast. I expect the same for this book as well.

You can read a review of Atlantis and the Cycles of time over on the Magonia site. I’ll be ordering my copy right away.

“Lost Underwater City” Gets Recycled

You just knew it was going to happen.  Now the underwater city that really isn’t an underwater city is being linked to Atlantis!  Sweet!

PaleoBabble followers will recall that many commenters to earlier posts on this “find” pointed us in the direction of “ghost circuitry” images or “compression artifacts” of the Google Earth satellite imaging  Here are two representative comments

Ffrom “Dave in California”:

“If you look closely it almost looks like a cicuit board of sorts, Google Earth people have addressed this before (a few years back), something about a dark spot where the image of the circuitry is reflected back of some sorts, if this is true, who knows, I don’t build satelites, but you can see this all over google earth in many different spots. Is this a record of the land before the flood, or just a reflection of the circutry of the lens? You decide.”

And, from “Isabella”

“The new images make it fairly obvious that the images are compression artifacts. Not surprising, as Google Earth (GE) went through the same thing a few years ago with a “structure” off the coast of Africa. If you look at any GE image of a large body of water you will see the same sort of shapes. It’s the result of the way in which visual information is stored that only really becomes visible in images of this size.”

Hmmm . . . Atlantis . . . or a known technological phenomenon . . . Atlantis . . . technology . . . technology . . . Atlantis . . .?

Where’s Edgar Cayce when you need him!?