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Its existence doesn't help the idea of an earlier worldwide civilisation based around coastlines. Sure, it has an impressive scale yet doesn't have the artefacts to suggest it was part of an established civilisation reaching back thousands of years earlier. The level of technology, based on the artefacts, was basic and not equal to that of Egypt or Mesopotamia from a similar period.
Originally posted by dethduck
The origins of the Atlantis "myth" is no great secret. It is simply a story created by Plato. It was never anything more or less than that. It NEVER appears anywhere in history, archeological or otherwise; before then or afterwards except in reference to or influenced by Plato's story.
Some believed his tale was influenced by past events such as the Battle of Troy, while others think he was retelling more recent events. To me it sounds more like a idealized romanticized version of the Roman Empire.
Originally posted by dethduckNow, Lemuria and Mu on the other hand, I couldn't begin to speculate. I am however inclined to wonder that Hawaii might not be that remnant of one of these.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
Despite that, it's striking that a culture could engineer such a site if the accepted time frames are accurate. Clovis culture is thought to have developed 13kya in N America. If we allow for transient migrations all the way down to what we call Peru in S America, it's intriguing to imagine how such a complex society could arise in such a short time frame. It suggests that it took 7000 years from the arrival of the Clovis people (hunter-gatherers) to migrate to beyond Central America and evolve a society of such scale and organisation.
Originally posted by Apophis137
As for the sunken city off of Cuba I think a good case could be made to connect that to Atlantis.
The local Aztecs have a legend of coming from a sunken island to the east called "Aztalan" which of course sounds an awful lot like Atlantis. Then there is the Isle of Youth to the south of Cuba which according to the Aztec legend the place where the survivors of Aztalan went after it was sunk.