posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 07:44 PM
The poster who mentioned the Thera=Atlantis theory is most likely correct IMO. Too many people read Plato literally without considering the context
within which Plato wrote. He was not a historian but a philosopher and was probably just building on the destruction of Thera in order to illustrate a
point regarding ideal states. Of course, we really don't know so my point is just conjecture as well. It just happens that I'm not going quite as
far out on the limb as those who read certain passages literally.
If an advanced state like Atlantis existed then we should have some record of their artifacts as any group of people who develop beyond
hunter/gathering will develop trade with other peoples. Taking Plato's date literally means that we should be able to find some sort of evidence deep
in the occupation mounds that litter the fertile crescent from this period. So far, nothing has been found that can't be explained by normal trade
with early cities who existed at roughly the same technology level.
So, until we find the steel sword at the 9000BC strata underneath Jericho, I will be unconvinced.