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The Holy Grail Of Archaeology (Another Search For Atlantis)
Cyprus Mail ^ | 4-30-2004 | Alex Mitra

Posted on 04/30/2004 12:51:34 PM PDT by blam

The holy grail of archaeology

By Alex Mita

AMERICAN researcher Robert Sarmast yesterday officially launched an expedition that he hopes will result in the discovery of the lost island of Atlantis. The launch of the expedition is expected to be marked today when the scientists submerge a copper canister with the flags of Cyprus, the EU and a specially designed Atlantis flag five hours out at sea from Limassol port.

At a news conference aboard the vessel that will take the team of experts to a submerged continental shelf – where he believes was the plain of Atlantis – Sarmast said the search for the lost island was the holy grail of archaeology.

“After years of research, and having developed the most accurate maps and models of the eastern Mediterranean seafloor, we believe that we have found Plato’s legendary island of Atlantis and we aim to prove it this summer,” he said.

“This discovery is the holy grail of all archaeological discoveries and the ramifications are due to be staggering. The world could never be the same after this discovery. We celebrate the joining of Cyprus with the EU with this flag ceremony and we are going to sail over the area where we believe the cities of Atlantis were located.”

Sarmast said he believed Atlantis was located about 1,500 metres below water, just a short distance east of Cyprus.

“Once there, we are going to lower this copper capsule which is going to contain the flags of Cyprus, the EU and a flag bearing the symbol of Atlantis,” he said.

“We are going to lower it down to the seafloor around where the cities of Atlantis are located to commemorate this event. It will remain there and we hope some day in the future the world will once again find it and remember this day long after we hopefully discovered the temples of Atlantis.”

Sarmast said the $250,000 plus expedition was set to begin in June and would take place in different phases, through the collaborative efforts of the Cyprus based company EDT, and through the American based company Phoenix, along with other marine specialists from around the world.

In her speech, Yiorgoulla Lori of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation said the CTO welcomed the project that linked Cyprus with Atlantis.

“If this is proved, this is going to be a great event and a great discovery for Cyprus,” she said.

“Today we celebrate the link of Atlantis and Cyprus but also the island’s accession to the EU.”

Sarmast said the cities of Atlantis were numerous, with a group of them located on a rectangular plain that currently stretches from the south-eastern side of Cyprus to the shores of Syria.

“The main city we are going to be looking for is just about half way between Cyprus and Syria,” he said.

“We are going to cover about 150 to 200 square kilometres and we are going to have specialists from America that will operate a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV), a robot equipped with cameras and arms.

“The ROV is capable of going all the way down to 6,000 metres and it’s one of the best in the world. (When submerged), the ROV will send back video footage and will take snapshots and we will use its arms to bring back any finds,” he added.

Sarmast said the search for Atlantis would be based on a series of clues left by Plato, including a very detailed description of the island as it was told by an ancient Egyptian priest to Solon, who in turn brought the story to Greece.

“We know exactly what this island looked like,” he said.

“There was a long rectangular plain that was at the foothills of this island, that stretched in an east west direction, and we know that the main cities were located near the middle of the plain.

“Not only do we have a match with the island but we also found a rectangular plain, and to our surprise we also found a pyramidal hill in the middle of this plain that matches the description of the Acropolis hill.

“The level of matches is beyond a scale where you can say it’s just coincidental. We have the exact co-ordinates of the Acropolis hill, which is where the main temples and structures where located.”

Sarmast said the structures would be preserved at that depth due to the lack of oxygen and sunlight, something that would increase the odds of finding them and filming them to prove the island existed.

“We are not just looking for a ship or a small item but an entire city,” he said.

“All we really have to do is to film a cut-stone block or a megalithic structure that’s laid out in some geometrical shape of a building on the sea floor.

“We are not looking to retrieve anything although maybe we can bring a little piece of rock or something of a wall, but our aim is to film it.

“If all goes well we’ll be bringing you good news about the greatest archaeological discovery in human history in the near future and we will inaugurate the dawn of a new era of knowledge for human kind.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; atlantis; economic; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; grail; history; holy; search
It wouldn't suprise my if they found a city there but, it won't be Atlantis.
1 posted on 04/30/2004 12:51:35 PM PDT by blam
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To: farmfriend
GGG ping.
2 posted on 04/30/2004 12:52:07 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
This sounds more like the chimera of archaeology...
3 posted on 04/30/2004 12:57:55 PM PDT by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero - something's gonna happen..)
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To: blam
Wouldn't the Holy Grail of archaeology be to find the actual Holy Grail?
4 posted on 04/30/2004 12:59:24 PM PDT by Physicist
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To: Physicist
Hehe. On another note, maybe I'm not picturing this right, but it doesn't seem to me that there'd be much excitement in finding the remnants of a city that crumbled 6000 meters into the ocean after a stupendous earthquake. We wouldn't be talking about temple columns and marble statues here - more like temple pebbles and marble dust...

I guess there might be some neat metal artifacts though.
5 posted on 04/30/2004 1:03:21 PM PDT by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero - something's gonna happen..)
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6 posted on 04/30/2004 1:03:38 PM PDT by farmfriend ( In Essentials, Unity...In Non-Essentials, Liberty...In All Things, Charity.)
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To: blam
Maybe they should look for it where the sources say it is, rather than in the completely wrong direction?
7 posted on 04/30/2004 1:05:37 PM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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Hey! Can I join your Gods, Graves, Glyphs list?
8 posted on 04/30/2004 1:05:37 PM PDT by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero - something's gonna happen..)
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To: blam
“If all goes well we’ll be bringing you good news about the greatest archaeological discovery in human history in the near future and we will inaugurate the dawn of a new era of knowledge for human kind.”

I am personally holding out for the archaeological discovery of Noah's Ark on Mt. Ararat this summer. Now that would be a find.

9 posted on 04/30/2004 1:06:35 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever
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To: stars & stripes forever
Unless it says NOAH on the side of it and there's a lot of animal feces around, you'll have a tough time convincing me, but archaeology is FUN!!
10 posted on 04/30/2004 1:14:42 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: blam
Interesting story. I remember there was a lady,2-3 years ago working on photographing a submerged city about 4000 feet deep off the southeast coast of Cuba who had the backing of National Geographic. I wonder whatever happened there?
11 posted on 04/30/2004 1:32:28 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is (still ) a Smug and Holier- than- Thou Socialist)
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To: blam

Bimini ;-)

12 posted on 04/30/2004 1:35:46 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: Physicist
Wouldn't the Holy Grail of archaeology be to find the actual Holy Grail?

LOL! Good point :) Actually I think Indiana Jones already did that, and it turns out you can't take the Grail past the seal or else there's an earthquake which buries the Grail and also causes George Lucas to take two decades to make the next sequel.

13 posted on 04/30/2004 1:35:51 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: stars & stripes forever
Going to be a cool summer for Archaeology!
14 posted on 04/30/2004 1:36:35 PM PDT by Delbert
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To: Pagey; AntiGuv; blam; farmfriend
The energy release to drop something that far that fast would leave no recognizable anything or, for that matter, human survivors within a thousand or more miles of the place.
15 posted on 04/30/2004 1:38:40 PM PDT by Thud
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To: blam
It wouldn't suprise my if they found a city there but, it won't be Atlantis.

I agree, by definition of Plato's Atlantis.

16 posted on 04/30/2004 1:40:23 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: blam
I always wondered what happend to Patrick Duffy (A.K.A. "The Man from Atlantis")
17 posted on 04/30/2004 1:59:22 PM PDT by LetsRok
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To: LetsRok
I always wondered what happend to Patrick Duffy (A.K.A. "The Man from Atlantis")

I think his comic book lasted longer than his TV show :)

Man from Atlantis


18 posted on 04/30/2004 2:07:17 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: Fedora
Wasn't he on Dallas?
19 posted on 04/30/2004 2:09:50 PM PDT by johnb838 ("I really don't care; they're all gonna die," US Marine in Fallujah)
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Sure was! :)

Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy is best known as Bobby Ewing of the late mega-hit series "Dallas".

Patrick Duffy: Acting Appearances

[SNIP]

Starring Roles

To Tell The Truth (2000) (2000) - Guest Panelist

Step by Step (1991) - Frank Lambert

Dallas (1978) - Bobby Ewing (1978-1985), (1986-1991)

The Man From Atlantis (1977) - Mark Harris / The Man From Atlantis

20 posted on 04/30/2004 2:21:21 PM PDT by Fedora
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"I remember there was a lady,2-3 years ago working on photographing a submerged city about 4000 feet deep off the southeast coast of Cuba who had the backing of National Geographic.

I wonder whatever happened there?

Not much. Click here for the latest update I can find. Also, the US State department convinced National Geographic to pull funding because of the company's affiliation to the communist government of Cuba.

21 posted on 04/30/2004 3:01:49 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
“Once there, we are going to lower this copper capsule which is going to contain the flags of Cyprus, the EU and a flag bearing the symbol of Atlantis,” he said.

What a dopey thing to do.

22 posted on 04/30/2004 3:05:34 PM PDT by CobaltBlue
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To: Fedora

The Search For Atlantis 'Ends At Ayia Napa' (Cyprus)


23 posted on 04/30/2004 3:48:15 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
A "Big Thank You" BUMP For That! I missed viewing those latest 'deep' pictures last year.
24 posted on 04/30/2004 3:53:44 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is (still ) a Smug and Holier- than- Thou Socialist)
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To: blam
Thanks; I remember that thread. Cool picture.
25 posted on 04/30/2004 4:26:09 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: blam
"an expedition that he hopes will result in the discovery of the lost island of Atlantis...when the scientists submerge a copper canister with the flags of Cyprus, the EU and a specially designed Atlantis flag five hours out at sea from Limassol port...where he believes was the plain of Atlantis"
"This discovery is the holy grail of all archaeological discoveries...The world could never be the same after this discovery. We celebrate the joining of Cyprus with the EU with this flag ceremony and we are going to sail over the area where we believe the cities of Atlantis were located...we hope some day in the future the world will once again find it and remember this day long after we hopefully discovered the temples of Atlantis.”

Totally, irreversibly, hopelessly, nuts!
Also, apparently rich enough to hire a boat to prove it.

26 posted on 04/30/2004 6:42:52 PM PDT by norton
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To: blam
I know how this guy feels...I usually had the same visions when I bought penny stocks several years ago. On the other hand, berhaps he has some retinal damage, seeing pyramid shaped objects, rectangles etc. Then again, I never blew $250,000 in the chances I took...perhaps I too would be seeing things.
27 posted on 05/01/2004 4:33:32 AM PDT by Henchman (I Hench, therefore I am!)
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To: norton
No kidding. What's the point of the flags? What, is he expecting to make contact with the ancient Atlanteans? He better be careful, because last time I checked, they're hostile to surface dwellers.


28 posted on 05/01/2004 4:44:19 AM PDT by Green Knight (Looking forward to seeing Jeb stepping over Hillary's rotting political corpse in 2008.)
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To: Green Knight
hostile, but good looking, sigh....
29 posted on 05/01/2004 12:53:29 PM PDT by marsh2
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"... Sarmast said the search for Atlantis would be based on a series of clues left by Plato, including a very detailed description of the island as it was told by an ancient Egyptian priest to Solon, who in turn brought the story to Greece ..."
Wow.

Is he referring to the "very detailed description" that included the phrase "beyond the Pillars of Heracles?"

30 posted on 05/03/2004 11:58:53 AM PDT by exodus
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"Is he referring to the "very detailed description" that included the phrase "beyond the Pillars of Heracles?"

Presumably. When that was said, I expect it would be the same as if we were to say today, "Just north of New York." (and, there will come a time when the exact location of New York isn't known)

31 posted on 05/03/2004 3:16:07 PM PDT by blam
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"beyond the Pillars of Heracles?"

This location is always said to be the area of Gibralter. Could it refer to somewhere else, perhaps something near Egypt?

32 posted on 05/03/2004 3:24:09 PM PDT by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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