The incredible story of Atlantis retained as a folk memory by some and dismissed as speculation by others will not go away. This article sets out to lead the seekers of truth to the geological evidence of its former existence, and demonstrate that Plato in his story did not create a mythology, rather, he reported upon a tradition which had been handed down to him as historical.
It was the law maker and one of the most respected Greek citizens Solon 638-558 BC, who had gained knowledge of Atlantis from Sonchis and other priests of Neith in the Nile delta district of Sais c. 570 BC - O Solon, you Greeks are all young in your minds which hold no store of old belief in a long tradition, no knowledge hoary with age - Solon had decided to travel and consult the wisest men in the region, and to write down information from their old history records. It was this manuscript that Plato used in his dialogues Timaeus and Criteas.
The records of Atlantis were passed down in the time honoured ancient Egyptian oral tradition, and inscribed on a stele, much later inspected and confirmed by Crantor, when he checked on the Plato account. Later Sais was destroyed during Alexander's Macedonan conquest and the stele was lost, hopefully buried awaiting discovery.
Direct and associated knowledge of Atlantis in the Atlantic appears independently of Plato in pictures, maps, written and oral records, from all over of the world. The deeds of kings on the Egyptian King lists going back 36,525 years, match the known progress of Homo Sapiens, and describe historical events which help fit together and make sense of the story of our ancestors. Thoth the inventor of writing was said to have ruled on an island located in the west. Atlantean survivors are found where they would be expected to have found dry land on the Atlantic coasts.
Sonchis had much verifiable knowlege to impart to Solon, including the date of the catastrophic end of Atlantis at 9,500 BC, and the date for what would have been a restart of Egyptian and Greek civilisations, either side of 9,000 BC, by what were descibed in the Old World, as a small group of Atlantean survivors from the west. In the Americia's they came from the east.
Plato's detailed description of Atlantis in the ocean opposite the Pillars of Hercules and Gades, matches the geological survey of the Azores carried out by former top BP exploration geologist Christian O'Brian, which he completed in 1984. His evidence along with a 3D Visualisation of the great island, based on the actual ocean floor contours, can be found on this website. (Survey of Atlantis - click here ; 3D visualisation - click here)
Only now are our astrophysicists and space scientists recognising the high culture of the archaic world, through the physical structures such as the Great Pyramid, Stonehenge, the Bodmin Moor Astronomical Complex, the Line A Loxodrome in East Anglia, and many other sites world wide, which demonstrate the superb knowledge and practice of observational astronomy in ancient times.
The same specialists are also able to link this knowledge to the cycles of cosmic catastophe, which were of such great practical concern to our ancesters, and who undertook the building of megalith structures to hide themselves, their valuables and animals from the wrath of god.
The Dead Sea Scrolls produced its most valuable record in the Qumran Calendar, attibuted to Enoch and describing the mathematically perfect 360 day calendar, where the necessary adjustments in time were added by inserting extra days as public holidays, which did not count in the weekly tally. We see the means of counting them in the use of the Aubrey Holes at Stonehenge and a carved stone record at Newgange, and therefore see no reason to doubt the superior accuracy of Egyptian time keeping and dating.
Our archaic ancestors had mapped the sky and the globe with extrordinary accuracy, had adopted the Golden Ratio from which they had set up a precise standard unit of measurement, understood the precession of the equinxes and located the galactic plane and centre - among other great technical achievements.
In constructing the Great Pyramid they left for us their mathematically perfect represention of the northern hemisphere, complete with King's Chamber and Queen's Chamber star shafts. These shafts record the positions of the key north (Alpha Draconis) and south (Zeta Orionis) stars before and after a 10 km comet hit the area of thick (former) north pole ice over the Hudson Bay, at a velocity and low angled trajectory sufficient to move the Earth on its axis by 14 degrees, at a date around 10,500 BC. The account in the Book of Enoch mentions the earth tilting on its axis during which the earth labours and is violently shaken (1 Enoch LIXV. 1-3). This event led to the largest mass extinctions for 3.5 million years, Noah's flood and the eventual demise of Atlantis.
The related scientific disciplines now available to us, linked to common sense, and the more accurate translations of the work of our ancient authors, are revealing a priceless and the clearly benevolent heritage of mankind's existence on a beautiful, but vulnerable planet. Can there be any doubt that we are the children of an advanced civilisation ?
Edmund Marriage - see Articles for References, and Atlantis.
887 words - Prepared for the Wessex Research Group March Newsletter
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