posted on Sep, 6 2003 @ 05:34 PM
I'd like to emphasize that the 'Atlantis=Island off Denmark' theory is not, in any way, related to any theory which could be called
'paranormal','mystical', or 'extraterrestrial'. The theory is based on 1)physical evidence, 2)Corraboration with local (proto-Norse) myths, and
3)What has come down to us from Greek myths.
'Ship burials' had been common in Denmark for centuries before the modern era, and are most often associated with the Vikings. however, maritime
historians have been able to 'uncover' more ships, and remains of ships, from ancient Denmark than most people realize. In fact, there is more
evidence, today, of northern European shipping than there is of Greek craft from around the year 1100BC. The physical facts show that overseas
travel... and thus commerce and fairly advanced seamanship... was developed to a comparatively high degree in the area around Denmark around 1100...
That is, it was developed to the extent that it could support (and indicate to us) a complex, advanced culture.
Now, looking at the legend of Atlantis, as discussed specifically by Plato.. it talks about a shipping empire far beyond the Pillars of Hercules.
Now, the Pillars are what we call the Straits of Gibraltar today... So, Atlantis is specifically placed beyond the Med by those who have relayed the
legend of it to us. The idea that Atlantis must be a Minoan or Mycenean city-state/island is simply an easy answer wherein someone assumed that the
Greeks were mistakenly talking about one of the loacl empires that existed, in their neighborhood, in the pre-archaic times. Yes, I'll admit that
it's as supportable as the Denmark theory, in many ways, but it ignores a lot of maritime evidence.
You see, we know for a fact that shipping between the North Sea and the Med was quite common before the Archaic period. Seafarers in this period
would see, no doubt, the Cretan empire as a short range hop from Mycenae. Any remote destination for their travels would have to be.. well...
remote... but able for them to get to.
With that in mind, it should also be noted that Denmark and the British Isles were end points for Phoenician trade at this time. That is, a place
such as an island off of denmark would have served as a hub (like a modern airport such as Ohare) for trade -- Phoenician and Baltic ships would both
see it as an end point for their travels.
Anyways... I'm obviously beginning to believe... The book that I mentioned before is:
Atlantis of the North by Jurgen Spanuth (ISBN: 0442213662). I don't agree with every conclusion it makes, but it has encouraged me to look at
a lot of my books on ancient shipping differently... That is, many of the things the book talks about are supported by known maritime history.