Heritage: August 2004 Archives

August 26, 2004

One we missed

Sweden: Atlantis did not sink beneath the waves according to geographer Ulf Erlingsson - it's still with us, and known as Ireland.

Erlingsson believes the idea that Atlantis sank came from the fate of Dogger Bank, an isolated shoal in the North Sea, about 60 miles (100 km) off the northeastern coast of England, which sank after being hit by a huge floodwave around 6,100 BC.
I suspect that myth came from Ireland and it derives from Dogger Bank. I think the memory of Dogger Bank was probably preserved in Ireland for around 3,000 years and became mixed up with the story of Atlantis, he said.
Erlingsson links the boundaries of the Atlantic Empire, as outlined by Plato, with the geographic distribution of megalithic monuments in Europe and Northern Africa, matching Atlantis' temples with well-known burial sites at Newgrange and Knowth, north of Dublin, which pre-date the pyramids.

Ireland is 'lost' island of Atlantis - Reuters, 6th August 2004 (via Pericat).

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