To: Light Speed
Assertions that Plato just made up the story are a modern invention. : ) Attempts to place Atlantis somewhere besides west of Gibraltar are also modern inventions. Looking for it in Antarctica, or Anatolia, or Santorini, the Andes, the South China Sea, and a host of other places amounts to looking on the sidewalk for the keys you lost in the tavern because the light is better. Regardless of whether the minutaie of the story are just made up -- as I suspect they are, in the same way Herodotus made up conversations in his account of the Persian wars -- there are stories of universal flood found throughout the world.
Settegast cites the example of Catal Huyuk, which was abandoned circa 5500 BC after a 3000 year occupation. The town started full blown on the site, indicating that the culture developed elsewhere. The probable explanation is that its ancestors lived on the now-flooded continental shelf. During glaciation the sea levels were hundreds of feet lower. The lower the altitude (other things being equal), the warmer the climate, and of course the seas would be a handy source of food. There is much more in her book about this, and beyond it.
The best half-book on Atlantis.
posted on 08/06/2004 9:37:51 AM PDT
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Thanks for the book read ping..
Spent some time at the Catal Huyuk dig sites chat forum.
wonder if Mary spent some time there?
anyhoo...ya...Huyuk pops up out of nowhere...and their bulding teired condo's for hundreds/to near thousands from the get go.
aggriarian..and having cattle pens..
some strange social behaviour....ie..burry dead family members under the main floor of the house generationally.
How many mud/mortar, small rock/stone/mortar habitations exist from 12,000 BCE earlier..that are obliterated by rising ocean levels....or other catastrophism mechanisms.
still the crowd at the Catal Huyuk site margin these people as Neolithic doofus's...just a bit smarter than the cave crowd.
kinda limiting and dissapointing.
The academic crowd.....with their stunted imagination?
Read a few book reviews on Mary...
Seems her perspectives on form and ident ..occuring at the end of period interval..with new forms appearing..is intimidating to some scholars.
kinda of..."No Mary....Mankind is stupid.....getting smarter over time"...not..."Smart..get stupid..then get smart again"
Mary's got it right....too bad for ther University book/chalk board king.
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