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    For Atlantis, turn right at Cyprus


    Helena Smith in Athens
    Sunday September 28, 2003
    The Observer


    Since time immemorial Cyprus has thrived by association with Aphrodite - the love goddess who emerged from its silky waves. The Mediterranean island may well benefit from its strategic locale again; although this time through the undoing of a myth that thanks to the playful mind of Plato is also one of the world's greatest mysteries: Atlantis. After nearly a decade of rummaging through libraries, studying maps, reading ancient works and pouring over oceanographic data, an American researcher believes he has discovered the site of the lost civilisation on the sea floor between Cyprus and Syria, not far from Greece and Egypt, from where the legend of Atlantis originated.

    'This is an area that has not been charted before,' Robert Sarmast told The Observer from his Los Angeles office. 'The submerged land mass we have located off Cyprus's coast matches Plato's famed description of Atlantis nearly perfectly.'

    The Athenian philosopher described the mythological empire - 'sunk under the water after an earthquake' - in two of his famous dialogues, Timaeus and Critias .

    Atlantis, he said, was a collection of islands, one of them huge. Its land was 'the best in the world... able, in those days, to support a vast army' before a huge tidal wave flooded it around 10,000BC.

    The quest for the lost land is as undying as the myth itself. In the past decade, Atlantis has been 'sighted' at the top of volcanos and the bottom of seas; off the coast of Bolivia, Turkey, Antarctica and India.

    But Sarmast, who made colleagues working on the project sign secrecy pledges, goes one step further than other Atlantologists in claiming to have vindicated Plato's narrative as not just a philosopher's allegory.

    The researcher, author of Discovery of Atlantis: The Startling Case for the Island of Cyprus to be published in Britain next month, claims he has pinpointed the fabled island with 'unprecedented accuracy'.

    Using sonar technology provided by an oil company, he mapped the seabed to ascertain what he says is the shape of the island. The watery kingdom has been 'brought alive' in 3D bathymetric maps and models that depict a stretch of sunken land off Cyprus.

    If Plato is to be believed, there are colossal buildings, bridges, canals, temples and artefacts to be found in these waters.

    'The Titanic was two miles beneath the sea surface, this is less than one mile down,' said Sarmast. 'You don't need to find that much to prove the case and in the Mediterranean there's little sedimentation. If they're there it would be fairly easy to find the remains of an entire city.'
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    i came across some webpage a few months ago. according to a turkish linguistic researcher it is north of the baltic sea, way inland, between two cities in the ukraine i think. it was an island of course but way back then the black and the caspian sea were merged and much larger. so it is possible that an island of thousands of years ago is no longer so. he based this on some tablets that are decipherable using what he calls proto-turkic, which this guy has been studying for 30-40 years and hardly known by anybody else. who knows?

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    Post Re: For Atlantis, turn right at Cyprus

    I think Atlantis was really a great Empire!http://http://forums.skadi.net/showt...light=atlantis

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    A difficulty faced by theories that try to place Atlantis within the Mediterranean basin is that Plato did specifically describe Solon's account as placing it beyond the Pillars of Hercules, which would imply it was, at least, somewhere along the Atlantic seaboard of western Europe.

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    Exclamation U.S. Researcher Says Finds Atlantis Off Cyprus

    From http://www.telegraph.co.uk

    Clue to Atlantis

    An American research team claims to have discovered what could be the 9,000-year-old ruins of the lost city of Atlantis. "Something has been found to indicate very strongly that there are man-made structures under the sea between Cyprus and Syria," said a spokesman.

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    Anyone seen any other articles on this?

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    http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...toryID=6806129

    U.S. Researcher Says Finds Atlantis Off Cyprus
    Sun Nov 14, 2004 11:35 AM ET

    By Michele Kambas

    LIMASSOL, Cyprus (Reuters) - A U.S. researcher on Sunday claimed he had found the lost civilization of Atlantis in the watery deep off Cyprus -- adding his theory to a mystery which has baffled explorers for centuries.

    Robert Sarmast says a Mediterranean basin was flooded in a deluge around 9,000 BC which submerged a rectangular land mass he believes was Atlantis, lying about 1 mile beneath sea level between Cyprus and Syria.

    "We have definitely found it," said Sarmast, who led a team of explorers 50 miles off the south-east coast of Cyprus earlier this month.

    Deep water sonar scanning had indicated man-made structures on a submerged hill, including a 3-kilometer-long wall, a walled hill summit and deep trenches, he said. But further explorations were needed, he added.

    "We cannot yet provide tangible proof in the form of bricks and mortar as the artifacts are still buried under several meters of sediment, but the circumstantial and other evidence is irrefutable," he claimed.

    At a news conference in the port city of Limassol, Sarmast provided only animated simulations of the "hill."

    Whether and where Atlantis existed has captured imaginations for centuries.

    According to ancient Greek philosopher Plato, Atlantis was an island nation where an advanced civilization developed some 11,500 years ago.

    Theories abound as to why it disappeared, from Atlantis being hit by a cataclysmic natural disaster to Greek mythology which describes the civilization as being so corrupted by greed and power that it was destroyed by God.

    Skeptics believe Atlantis was a figment of Plato's imagination.

    Sarmast says he was led to Cyprus by clues in Plato's dialogues. Plato's reference to Atlantis lying opposite the Pillars of Hercules -- believed to be the Straits of Gibraltar -- have often led explorers to focus on either the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland or the Azores off Portugal.

    "People who dismiss this have not really done their homework, skeptics don't really understand. To understand the enigma of Atlantis you have to have good knowledge of ancient history, Biblical references, the Sumerian culture and their tablets and so on," said Sarmast. Although the most prevailing story of a world cataclysm is listed in the Biblical Old Testament, several ancient cultures do list accounts of civilizations being destroyed in floods.

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    Atlantis is a late, mythopoeic story based upon mythic history and shifted west ("here be dragons"). Cosmas did similarly with his Amazons and Gorgons. The narrative is based on stories about Tantalos and the kings of Atlantis are based on mythological king lists from Mesopotamia. (Atlantis in Bahrain? Or a sunken island nearby? The original Dilmun must be underwater.)

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    I think Atlantis is simply the Americas, and that the the main population centers were on the coast when the Ice Age ended and rising seas flooded them out.

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