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Posted on 03/24/2004 5:37:29 PM PST by vannrox
Remains of an ancient civilization discovered in the depths of the Northern sea
While some scientists spend all their time and efforts in search of Atlantis, others have already discovered remains of an ancient civilization that had existed on the same territory as present-day Northern sea. With the help of modern technology, archaeologists were able to get a better glimpse of the ancient world.
Approximately 10 000 years ago the entire bottom of the Northern sea had been a blossoming valley, inhabited by ancestors of modern-day Europeans. Scientists from the Birmingham University were able to reach such conclusion after reconstructing local landscape by means of computers. Archaeologists analyzed data of earth's crust's fluctuations and using a specially designed program managed to come up with a 3D image of the area. The region connects today's British Isles with continental Europe.
The science of anthroposophia is among a few that sincerely believes in the existence of Atlantis, which used to occupy a gigantic territory-from Americas to modern Near East. Tectonic movements, earthquakes and volcano eruptions have split the continent. The major portion of it has sunken. Modern-day British Isles (Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland), Iceland, Canaries, Cabo-Verde (islands of the Green cape) as well as several islands of the Caribbean are considered to be Atlantis' remains.
According to this hypothesis, first cataclysms began affecting Atlantis about 800 000 years ago. Some scientists assume that this event has been portrayed in the Biblical story of the Great Flood. Other major shifts took place nearly 200 000 years ago, leaving only miserable fragments of the mighty kingdom of its inhabitants. The civilization has been almost totally destructed about 80 000 years ago. Ancient Greek philosopher Plato describes the fall of Atlantis as the collapse of the legendary island of Poseidonis, which had been consumed by waters in 9564 BC, when volcano eruptions along with powerful earthquakes had destroyed the last stronghold of the island.
Soon after the first cataclysms started to occur, Atlantes moved to the North-East populating territories of today"s Great Britain and Scandinavia (which used to be connected at the time). British archaeologists managed to reconstruct this particular region. The entire valley used to be divided by a 600 meter wide river. When northern glaciers began to melt (as a result of another shift of the equator's axis) waters completely flooded the valley.
"This is an amazing virtual project, which allows us to look closer at the past," says Bob Stone, member of the team of archaeologists. "Archaeologists, historians along with other specialists help us to get the most precise picture of the area. We use special data of seismic activity and tectonic movements in the area." Soil samples have already been extracted from the depths of the sea. Scientists discovered traces of fossilized remains of flora and fauna.
Snort, hoot, guffaw...
,,, all that and no mention of "oh eye el"?
PRAVDA is like the Weekly World News. lol.
The Russian Communists must be sick when they see what happened to it.
Yes--they're referring to the Anthroposophists' Theosophical interpretation of history and their related practice of "psychic archaeology". I think Anthroposophy and its approach to archaeology are misguided, but what interests me about this article is the fact that Pravda considers this newsworthy would seem to imply Anthroposophy has achieved some degree of "intellectual" respectability (at least among journalists) in Russia. I've suspected that was the case in Germany, where Anthroposophy was once a rival for "intellectual" popularity with Nazism (which was also descended from Theosophy and borrowed from the Theosophical view of history) and where Anthroposophy has recently regained popularity through alliance with the Green Party's New Age element; but I'm surprised to find that the case in Russia. It makes me wonder to what extent such movements are influencing historiography in Europe. My guess--based on this and other things I've seen--would be that the European environmentalist movement may be incorporating Theosophy's version of "Atlantis" into its concept of prehistory to promote an idea of Atlantis as a "prehistoric environmental utopia where humans were still in touch with Mother Earth" or something to that effect (similar to how feminist archaeologists have recently been promoting the idea that prehistoric religion reflects a matriarchal society that preceded Indo-European influence). At this point in time such ideas of course seem absurd to most mainstream archaeologists, but during the Weimar and Nazi era such ideas were very common among German intellectuals, and given the Green Party's rising influence in Europe, I can see how that trend may be gaining ground again. Not a good sign for the future of the discipline of history, IMO.
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