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March 15, 2011

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Gary Carson

I wasn't aware of the super-volcanic island off Portugal. I'll have to look that up.

Personally, I think Atlantis was probably an ancient myth. If it was a real place, there should be some mention of it in other sources than just Plato. Cargo manifests, for instance. You'd think it would have left some kind of trace, but they're still discovering the ruins of unknown civilizations in the jungle and on the seabed, so who knows?

Richard Welch

Intereresting, if inconclusive stuff. The site might be Tartessos (tho Huelva up the coast is also a candidate), but is unlikely to be Atlantis since the locale does not fit Plato's geographic parameters at all well. Atlantis proper was almost surely a supervolcanic island off Portugal that exploded and sank in the 17th century BC. The vast remnant caldera is plainly evident on the seafloor (See Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009).

Gary Carson

I haven't see this documentary myself. The video teaser on the Nat Geo web site looks interesting, but it's only a few minutes long. I'm sure they're playing up the whole "Lost City of Atlantis" angle to try to appeal to a larger audience.

From what I could tell, this Spanish team of archaeologists are looking for the remains of a fairly small city that could have been washed out to sea by a series of tsunamis. The city itself was apparently located on an island in a coastal inlet which was filled in over the centuries and has now become part of the marshland in the area. Marine archaeology has got to be expensive with all the gear involved and the archaeologists probably have some kind of funding arrangement with National Geographic (that's my guess anyway).

National Geographic has done some good documentaries (I thought Stonehenge Decoded was great, for instance). The BBC has done some good stuff. So has the Discovery Channel. Personally, I think the History Channel has the best ancient history documentaries, but, as usual, they're all over the place as far as quality goes.

m hindle

Not exactly what I had in mind as a documentary - more like a musical with an excited voice-over, and incredibly "wooly", to put it mildly. Not seen any Nat. Geo, stuff before - so had high hopes. This seems to cater to Erik von Daniken and crystal fans. About 20% content and 80% pfaffing around. Sort of thing that makes you want to scream and stick your haed down the toilet. I HOPE that this is not the "normal" style of U.S documentaries, but I suspect otherwise.......

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