Where We Live: Tracking Lost Civilizations

From Our Ancient Ancestors to Atlantis...

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Where We Live: Exploring Lost Civilizations

Could it be true?!  The lost city of Atlantis has been found!  Well, not yet, but a University of Hartford archeologist is on the case.

Archeologists have been surveying marshlands in Spain where a space satellite photograph identified what looked like a submerged city in the midst of one of the largest swamps in Europe.  What they found might surprise you. Coming up, we’ll talk about the search for Atlantis, previewing an upcoming National Geographic documentary.

And then we’ll check in with National Geographic explorer-in-residence Spencer Wells, who has been using DNA from people all over the world to document and create the first-ever map of human migration – showing how humans came to populate the planet after leaving Africa some 60,000 years ago.

The National Geographic Documentary Finding Atlantis will air this Sunday March 13 at 9PM.  There will be an advance screening of the film tomorrow at 7PM at the University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium.

Spencer Wells will speak Friday March 11 at 7:30 pm at the Garde Arts Center in New London.



Not news, not news

No offence but L. Sprague De Camp was writing about Tartessos being the inspiration for Atlantis in the '60's. And Willy Ley may have done so before him in the '50's. Even knew approximately where in Spain it was and how it got buried.

And an inspiration is not the same as what it inspired. Freund's checklist of why Tartessos is Atlantis is as valid as my checklist as to why it was not.

1. Tartessos was not an island, Atlantis supposedly was.
2. Tartessos did not sink into the ocean, Atlantis supposedly did.
3. Tartessos was a fair sized ancient city, Atlantis was supposedly hundreds of mile in diameter which is several orders of magnitude a difference.
4. Tartessos existed around the time of the Mycenaens, Atlantis supposedly existed 9,000 years earlier.

Plato was a philosopher, not a geographer or scientist, who in the same books that mention Atlantis also wrote about it's great rival - Athens, an Athens that did not exist 9,000 years earlier and was clearly fictional.

Look, excavating Tartessos would be great, I'm sure we'd learn a great deal from it but lets separate fiction from fact.

If you need me I'll be done at Plato's Cave of Shadows playing with the archetypes he put there.