By Rodney Castleden

Plato's legend of Atlantis has turn into infamous between students because the absurdest lie in literature. Atlantis Destroyed explores the chance that the account given by way of Plato is traditionally actual.
Rodney Castleden first considers the site of Atlantis re-examining feedback recommend within the early 20th century; Minoan Crete and Minoan Thera. He outlines the most recent examine findings on Knossos and Bronze Age Thera, discussing the fabric tradition, exchange empire and agricultural procedure, writing and wall work, artwork, faith and society of the Minoan civilization. Castleden demonstrates the various parallels among Plato's narrative and the Minoan Civilization within the Aegean.
Fired through the mind's eye a brand new imaginative and prescient of Atlantis has arisen during the last 100 and fifty years as a misplaced utopia. Rodney Castleden discusses why this photograph arose and explains the way it has turn into pressured with Plato's actual account.

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112D). This spring remained hidden and entirely unsuspected until the 1930s, when a spring-house was found just inside the north wall, where Mycenean Athenians had sunk a shaft to reach groundwater 35 metres below. 36 Plato did not have access to this archaeological information, so the only explanation is that some record or description of the Acropolis as it was before 1230 BC was somehow preserved, in spite of the literacy failure in around 1200 BC. 4 Ayia Irini, the bronze age town Recent archaeological evidence suggests that Mycenae and the other towns of the Argolid were destroyed in the decades around 1200 BC by a major earthquake and the ensuing fires, landslides and floods.

Indeed, the Egyptologist James Baikie was pointing out parallels between Plato’s Atlantis and the picture emerging from Evans’s excavations in the early 1900s, supported in 1909 and 1913 by K. T. 30 There was little interest in Baikie’s and Frost’s proposal, but their idea opened a door into a corridor many others would walk down during the twentieth century: an interpretation of bronze age Crete as Atlantis. After Evans’s work at Knossos, the connection between Knossos and Thera looked obvious.

Marinatos returned to excavate the Akrotiri ravine site in 1968, without the Americans. After a brief experiment with tunnels,1 excavation proceeded by the normal ‘opencast’ method. A problem was that the door and window frames had disintegrated leaving only pumice moulds. He found a simple solution: pouring concrete into the moulds and letting it harden simulated the wood even down to the grain, and gave longlasting support. Marinatos did not work to the Mortimer Wheeler system of digging in grid squares, so one cannot always be sure how some of the early finds fit into the present site plan.

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