Blog-Week 5

The documentary “Atlantis: The Lost World” compares a hilltop city on the island of Crete to Plato’s stories of Atlantis. The video describes the architecture ‘vibing’ well with nature, as Plato’s stories told. The palatial city is impressive architecture-wise and perhaps tells the social maturity of the people that once lived there.

There have been many theories and stories surrounding Atlantis and many people have said they’ve claimed the whereabouts of the ancient lost city. One such story describes mud flats found in Southern Spain discovered by an American-led research team. Deep-ground water, digital mapping and underwater technology was used to survey the site and describe the findings. Plato’s writings give the site credibility, states the archaeologist. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-tsunami-atlantis-idUSTRE72B2JR20110312). There has been evidence of tsunamis in the area over the years and it is believed to have been a tsunami that destroyed the city. While the site does fit the knowledgeable guesses that the lost city is found near the Mediterranean, there is no way to know whether this city is “it”. Other scientists may or may not agree with the connection to Atlantis but there has been discussion of the site being a city called Tartessos. The main archaeologist on the team believes the names Tartessos and Atlantis are interchangeable. (http://www.unmuseum.org/atlantis.htm) It is yet to be seen.

There is one Atlantis theory I came across which really surprised me—that Antarctica is the lost continent. There is speculation that it was once a tropical land on the Earth’s equator but shifted to the South Pole. The shape of Atlantis on an ancient map corresponds with the shape of land beneath the ice in Antarctica. (http://paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa090301b.htm) Even if Antarctica could have been near the equator, the mild climate described in Plato’s writings don’t coincide with the continent’s. (http://www.atlantisrevealed.com/pages/section3/page1.asp?pageid=3) There’s no way an ancient king ruled over a kingdom of ice!

Whatever the theories, many are interesting and thought out. Many are not. We’ll never know what really happened to the lost kingdom and the ancient people who lived there.