This is a bit off-topic, but since August is the silly season
in journalism, we can indulge a bit, too.
New book identifies Ireland as Atlantis
04/08/2004 - 10:21:27
A new book investigating the myth of Atlantis says that the mythical
land was actually the island of Ireland. The claim is made by geologist
Ulf Erlingsson in his book 'Atlantis from a Geographer’s Perspective:
Mapping the Fairy Land', who is to visit Ireland on August 11 to 13.
In his book Erlingsson bases his evidence on Plato's desription of
Atlantis which, according to Erlinsson, matches Ireland perfectly.
Statistically, the scientist claims, the probability is over 99.98%
that Plato was describing Ireland.
Erlingsson says: "Just like Atlantis, Ireland is 300 miles long, 200
miles wide, and widest over the middle. They both feature a central
plain that is open to the sea, but fringed by mountains. No other
island on earth even comes close to this description."
“What has led most students astray is that Atlantis sank in the sea”,
says Dr Erlingsson. “It is an ‘Atlantic myth’ all right – but a myth
from, not about, Atlantis”. "The island that sank was Dogger Bank.
It was struck by a disastrous flood-wave around 6,100 BC, and now rests
deep under the waves of the North Sea."
In the book, Dr Erlingsson shows how the Atlantic Empire probably can
be associated with the megalithic monuments of Europe and Northern
Africa. Their geographic distribution matches the extent of the
Atlantic Empire as Plato described it. The Atlantean capital can be
connected with Tara, the legendary seat of the high king of Ireland.
The temples of Poseidon and the ancestors match up well with the
so-called passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, in the Boyne valley.
They are the oldest roofed buildings anywhere in the world.
Ulf Erlingsson has a Ph.D. in Physical Geography from Uppsala
University. His specialty is geological processes, under-water
research, and natural disasters—.