Atlantis Was the Minoan Civilization
Could Atlantis also have been in the Mediterranean Sea? That is what the archeologist Charles Pellegrino advocates. Here
is the evidence that supports his idea:
The island Thera is situated a little north of the Greek island
Crete and east of the coast of Turkey. About thirty-six hundred
years ago, it was a round-shaped island.
At about sixteen hundred B.C., a volcano eruption destroyed a
couple of the cities, and broke the island apart. Part of it vanished
into the sea, part of it remained. This eruption gave Thera its
present shape. Not all cities on the island vanished into the
Aegean Sea, but there's still at least one of them buried under
thick layers of dust and earth.
Archeologists like Christos Doumas discovered the city in the
south of Thera in 1967.
What they discovered amazed them. The first building they excavated
contained plumbing, toilets and bathtubs. They also discovered
rattan beds and ceramic pipes, frescoes and lots of other luxury
items. The archaeologists assumed that building to be a palace
due to its richness, but they were wrong. As soon as they discovered
and excavated the next building, they found the same richness,
the same technology like the water systems as they had detected
in the first house.
Digging further, it was discovered that the whole city was honeycombed
by sewage systems and water supplies etc. It must have been a
very well-developed culture that had inhabited
Thera. The more the archeologists dug and the more items they
found (each room they discovered contained several hundred items),
the more the idea developed that this might have been the famous
Atlantis. Plato's descriptions fit well. He wrote in Timaeus,
112, about "a land carried round in a circle and disappeared in the depths
below. By comparison to what then was, there are remaining in
small islets only the bones of the wasted body, as they may be
called,all the richer and softer parts of the soil having fallen
away, and the mere skeleton of the country being left." Here, he only mentions the geography of Atlantis. In Critias,
113c-114a, 117a-c, he also describes the fortunate water supply
of Atlantis. "They had fountains, one of cold and another of hot water, in
gracious plenty flowing; [...] there were the baths of private
persons [...] and to each of them they gave as much adornment
as possible. [...] The remainder was conveyed by aqueducts."
Thera, respectively the city that's being excavated, is such a
complex structure that it will take a long time to being fully
discovered. Charles Pellegrino describes how the crew excavated
one city block in twenty years. He estimates three hundred years
being necessary to excavate the whole city.