Skip to comments.The Lost City of Atlantis May Be Hiding in Plain Sight Sergio Frau
Posted on 09/02/2015 10:20:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Sergio Frau suspects Plato was writing about a tidal wave on Sardinia...
Writer and journalist Sergio Frau is another. After researching the island for a decade, Frau suspects a mysterious disaster that devastated Sardinia 3,200 years ago was in fact a tidal wave, which boosts the theory that Sardinia and Atlantis are one and the same, reports the Guardian. Stefano Tinti, an expert on tidal waves who recently visited the island with Frau along with a dozen other experts, says 350 tidal waves have occurred in the Mediterranean over the last 2,500 years and one might explain why all of Sardinia's ancient megalithic edifices below 1,640 feet of elevation are hidden beneath dirt.
Frau explains at least 20,000 nuraghifortresses with a main towercan be found across the island, dating between the 16th and 12th centuries BC. But below 1,640 feet in the south, the structures are buried. Excavations in this area have found a jumble of ceramics, cups, pots, oil lamps, sharpening stones, metal implements, knives, chisels, needles, and arrow tips; gold, silver, amber, and rock crystal jewellery have also been found. Tinti notes the 2003 earthquake in Algeria "triggered a shockwave that reached the Balearics and Sardinia an hour later," but only a comet hitting "very close to the coast and in a very specific direction" could have created a wall of water 1,640 feet high. The Guardian reports researchers could search for evidence of such an impact, including comet fragments, underwater. The initial purpose of the nuraghi, used later for moon worship, is also a subject of interest.
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> dating between the 16th and 12th centuries BC...
and Plato put Atlantis in a different place and 8400 years earlier. So, no.
Whoops, make that 6900 years.
Yes, where the sardines come from.
Feel free to substitute brazil nuts, if you know
what I’m talking about.
Obscure reference bump.
Well, I’m stumped.
Stumps come from the Sahara Forest.
Don’t you mean Sahara Desert?
At least 20,000 fortresses on a 9,000 square mile island? Must have been built as defences against saber tooth tigers and dragons. Plus it got the rocks out of the farm fields.
Earthquake generated tsunami travels at greater speed than wide-waves (i think that's what we've been told) and do not have to be 1,600 feet high to wash over land of the same elevation.
I admit I'm assuming that land elevation was what the hail (Atlantis) Frau was talking about...
Not all of them are the size of the example shown, most of the nuraghe towers are, well, just a tower. It’s probably not that far off other ancient cultures, and of course the Romans, especially the high-end families, lived in secure facilities. It wasn’t unheard-of to have a slave whose job it was to guard the entrance, from an alcove inside the door, and that slave would be armed with the Roman equiv of a Louisville Slugger, at least, often a dagger, but would be chained to the floor or wall to keep him on duty.
One exception may have been this house, the House of the Grand Portal — the House of the Samnite is next door on one side, and apparently at some point that owner had to part with a bit of his parcel; the buyer built a narrow house in what had been the sidelot or alleyway between two grand houses, and to be impressive built a fancy entrance.
Yeah, I didn’t find the whole hypothesis of this guy intellectually rigorous. There’s a link earlier in the topic, a Google search on topics about the Etna landslide, which dates to about 8000 years ago; something like that would more than do the trick at Sardinia, and Italy was (and still is) lousy with actrive volcanoes, both on land and offshore. As you said, the initial wave wouldn’t have to be 1600 feet high to reach 1600 feet elevation, case in point, the Lituya Bay splash in the 1950s, which was caused by a landslide, and the bay is fjord-like; the debris line is over 1700 feet elevation, or a third of a mile.
the Etna landslide:
Isn’t Santorini / Thera more commonly potentially considered to have been Atlantis?
A couple of months ago I got to wondering -- what would be the chances of oil and gas deposits near Malta. So went and looked up what I could find in the way of depth charts.
It's facing the other way from Sardinia, but to the East of Malta there is a huge drop-off to a large basin, and iirc, I came across mention of there being what some interpret as evidence for large and sudden sloughing had occured in past ages, in that area.
None of that explains drowning sardines though, they seemed to be more like up on a shelf. ;^')
I didn't browse through charts of the Sardinia area since for whatever reasons I was wondering about Malta, and how far they may claim EEZ if they do.
But who knows, there could be something along lines of undersea earthquake that occurred in past times more to the West, under those shallower waters near where sardines come from (hey, they had to have crawled off land somewhere, getting their first start, right? hehheh) that people have missed.
Collapsing volcanoes would do the trick too, as you mentioned, but I don't think boiled sardines float, so there goes that free meal consolation prize. If its not one thing it another, Troubles everywhere, it seems...
As for the recently announced large natural gas find somewhere offshore of Egypt, in very deep water--- that did answer a question that came to mind --- could there be gas that deep --- somewhere under that basin East of Malta?
I guess the location of the Egyptian find is more like North of the fan of the Nile, so could be somehow related. Apologies for myself having drifted off the subject. If one thing doesn't lead to something else, it leads to thousands of others.
That would be a fortress every 288 acres.
Sardinia should not be the only place the tsunami hit, although it may not have been as high elsewhere. Shoaling characteristics and coastal morphology could have some definite effects on how fast a wave built height and the damage done by that wave inland.
Maybe the towers were (at least partly) grain bins (storage facilities) or silos. They appear to be well distributed, which would cut the distance to the fields, and with the distribution of one (on average) every 288 acres (a half-section of land in the western US is 320 acres) would be about right, depending on the size of the bins.
Still very cool stuff.
That is an interesting civilization. Makes me wish I could charter a time traveling helicopter and fly over the various nuraghi to see what they looked like in their prime.
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