The search for Plato’s Atlantis, says a Russian scientist, should focus on the North Atlantic, but not the usual places.
Geologist Viatcheslav Koudriavtsev has posted on the internet an English translation of his original scientific arguments. Using recent paleoglaciological and geomorphological data, the case is made that Plato should be taken literally because, among other things, his dating for the sinking of Atlantis at roughly 9,500 B.C. corresponds quite well with the end of the last Ice age, a fact which he believes the ancient Greeks had no way of knowing. The changes in Atlantic sea levels associated with the rapid melting of the great northern European ice sheets could indeed account for catastrophic events such as Plato described, says Koudriavtsev. He does not, however, think the drowned continent will be found in such previously suspected locations as the Azores, Canary Islands or Bahamas, but rather off the coasts of Europe and the British Isles in relatively shallow regions which remain yet unexplored, especially the area surrounding an underwater hill called Little Sole Bank on Britain’s Celtic shelf. Koudriavtsev is proposing an underwater survey of the area to search for man-made structures.
Koudriavtsev’s views are supported elsewhere in this issue by two articles. Be sure to read Frank Joseph’s debunking of the popular notion that Plato’s Atlantis was in the Aegean. Also, in this issue, Ralph Ellis argues that British megalithic sites such as Avebury and Stonehenge reveal advanced ancient knowledge of the size and shape of the Earth. A curious fact, not mentioned elsewhere, is that the main axis of Britain’s great ley line system, about which much has been written by John Michell (Atlantis Rising #12) and others runs for hundreds of miles in a perfectly straight line from East Anglia to Land’s End in Cornwall through many ancient shrines. That line—upon which, incidentally, Avebury is situated midway—points toward the area identified by Koudriavtsev.