I’ve been researching Atlantis for over 30 years. Much like many others, I haven’t written a book on the subject (yet), I haven’t been on the Discovery Channel, and I have my own idea of what Atlantis was. Much like politics and religion, Atlantis is one of the most contentious topics you will ever encounter. First you have the division between the academics and the non academics. Mention Atlantis in an academic paper and you can kiss your career as an archaeologist or anthropologist goodbye. I’ve contacted several people doing underwater research and at best I got a polite thanks but no thanks. This leaves most of us to our own skills to search in whichever way we are able. Some of us scour old manuscripts, some of us go diving, some of us go digging, and others spend time searching through miles of square miles of satellite imagery. I tend to do a little of each – less the diving part. I haven’t quite gotten over the large fin based creatures that tend to frequent the underwater possible locations.
The challenges within the Atlantis community of researchers has it’s own set of challenges. If you ask ten people about where they think Atlantis is, and you will get 10 different answers. Ask ten people who are researching Atlantis the same question, and you will get 10 louder answers. I tend to view the whole thing like the story of the blind men describing an elephant (hence the picture). We all are aware of one aspect of the Atlantis story. The problem is that we often think we are seeing the whole picture, when we are really just seeing one aspect. I’m the first to admit that my own view of Atlantis are probably not the complete picture. As such I’m always willing to listen to other ideas. I know they are all different views of the elephant. And much like that example, all of our views of Atlantis probably need to be combined together to reveal the complete picture.
For any of you who would like to to venture out of the forums and put your money where your mouth is, I’d be happy to have you as a guest poster. As long as you have a reasonable theory and something you are willing to share, I’d consider using it. I think the more we share, the closer we get to actually solving the mystery of Atlantis.
People have speculated over the dates Atlantis sank for years. If you favor the Mediterranean version of Atlantis, you have one date. If you favor something something in the Atlantic near Bimini, you typically favor an older date. I tend to lean towards the later.
Many people believe that the sinking of Atlantis coincided with the subsequent rise of Egyptian culture. Based on the research by Robert Schoch into weathering around the Sphinx, the pyramids should be around 10,000 years old. The following video makes an interesting case. I haven’t figured out if the location makes perfect sense or it makes no sense at all. This is based on an inscription inside one of the air shafts. It’s 10 inches wide and if it weren’t for a robotic camera, no one would ever see this. It has the ring of a carpenters mark, but it also seems to say, this is when I finished. The two seem somewhat contradictory, since the first is almost always hidden (which this is), and the later is usually displayed for people to see. Assuming it is what it appears to be, we would have to assume that the builder was aware of star procession to the point that leaving this mark would have meaning in a few thousand years.
I’m curious what others think of the conclusions in this video.
2012 has become part of our popular culture. It sells books, movies and gives the History Channel plenty of opportunities for television programs. When John Major Jenkins first discovered the 2012 date, I don’t think he realized the impact it would have, or how it would be distorted. I had the pleasure of spending some time with John last year and it’s interesting that when people start bringing up the end of the world discussions, he is the first to say “that’s not what I said”. Sadly no one wants to hear that. He has been repeatedly turned away from television programs because he doesn’t have the message producers want to hear. Saying that you discovered a date that signifies the end of a galactic cycle will be interesting to a few people. Throw in “end of the world” to the description and now you’ve got something.
All that changed this week. A discovery in Xultan in Northern Guatemala revealed a new calendar. Not only does it go another 7000 years into the future, but it also reveals a new longer count cycle than the previous calendar. So much for the end of the world. What will the History Channel do for programming for 2013? Time to come up with some new evidence for Atlantis to keep them on the air.