Could this be the real Atlantis?

Tangible remains that match detailed descriptions given by Plato have been found for the ancient Atlantis capital

Most people have heard of the sunken civilisation of Atlantis, but few realise that the only detailed information we have for it was provided over 2,000 years ago by Plato, the famous Greek philosopher. Since then, hundreds of books and many documentaries have tried to crack Plato´s code, but none have convincingly discovered where Plato’s lost Atlantis is located …..

Now, after a forensic examination of Plato’s writings, author Peter Daughtrey says he has finally solved the mystery – and experts on ancient civilisations agree that his evidence is very compelling.

Daughtrey matches an unprecedented sixty of Pato´s clues, all the ones that could possibly be verified today. Previously favoured sites, like Santorini which is supported by many academics, match only a few. This is all detailed in his recently published book, ATLANTIS and the Silver City. It identifies the full reach of the ancient Atlantis homeland together with its extensive empire.

Was Atlantis really an island?

Previous books have set out to search for a huge island as that is what the translation of Plato´s work said. Daughtrey points out that Plato was most likely not indicating an island at all and everyone has been misled into searching for the wrong type of landmass. As far back as the seventeenth century, a famous rector of Uppsala University in Sweden wrote that nesos, the word used by Plato, had normally been used to describe any of three different situations. Yes, it could be mean Island, but also the entrance to an estuary with mud shoals. The third was a peninsula and many researchers have since confirmed that.

Maybe just as important, Plato obtained his information third-hand from an Egyptian priest who had sourced it from a temple where it had been inscribed thousands of years earlier. Experts have pointed out that the symbol the ancient Egyptians used to denote an island was more frequently used to mean a sandy shore, a coast or even a country. It must be doubtful if the priest could have known which was originally intended, but he did know that Atlantis stretched westwards immediately outside the Pillars of Hercules, the Greek name for the Straits of Gibraltar.

Daughtrey substituted these alternatives in Plato´s account and deduced where he had been referring to. As he then analysed that against the mass of other evidence that Plato had provided, it became obvious that he had identified the correct region. There is a large peninsula with a predominently sandy shore starting immediately outside the Straits of Gibraltar, exactly where Plato said Atlantis started. It is the south-west part of the Iberian Peninsula and stretches all the way along Spain´s Costa da Luz to Portugal and the most westerly tip of the Algarve. Further confirmation is that Plato said the eastern extremity of Atlantis reached as far as Cadiz.

Seismic and geological findings

Seismic evidence that Daughtrey presents to support the destruction of Atlantis includes a succession of huge disasters that have afflicted south-west Iberia every 1,000 to 2,000 years. The last, in 1755AD, is considered to have been the West´s biggest eathquake in known history. It was at least as big as the one in Japan two years ago, but possibly ten times stronger, with towering tsunamis up to 100 feet high.It is recorded in history as The Great Lisbon Earthquake, but that is a misrepresentation as it was really The Great Algarve Earthquake. The epicentre was only 200 kilometres south-west from the Algarve and the damage was colossal. The coast and hinterland of the Algarve and Costa da Luz were completely devastated as was northern Morocco. More pertinent was that a 600 kilometre diametre of the seabed sank by some 30 metres. Perhaps more pertinent still was the fact that the quake was far from an isolated incident. It had been caused by the notorious fault-line whish delineates where the African and Eurasian plates meet.

Geological research has proved that events of a similiar or greater magnitude have occured regularly in the past and one particularly bad one occured around 11,600 years ago, the exact time given by Plato for the destruction of Atlantis. Daughtrey´s theory is that the greater part of Atlantis now forms the shallow seabed in front of south-west Iberia. Ancient river beds are clearly marked on the sea-floor chart where the current rivers once extended as far as the extremity of the submerged plain, evidence that the whole area was once above water. Also, exactly as Plato indicated, a northern range of mountains survived and still exist today stretching along the back of the region.

Is Silves, in The Algarve, a perfect match?

Daughtrey then searched the remaining countryside for any indications of sites of inland cities. Against all odds he found the actual site of the small capital that was described by Plato in a surprising amount of very specific detail. Daughtrey claims the site matches so many of those elements it is globally unique and quite beyond co-incidence.

It is Silves, the ancient capital city of the Algarve – and you can see and touch much of the evidence.

Now, there only remains one big question mark. Was Plato reporting accurate facts or did he make up the story to achieve other ends? Daughtrey thinks there is enough evidence to suggest Plato was certainly reporting a kernel of truth about a great lost civilisation but did embellish his accounts in places. The very fact that it has now been proved that Plato was talking about an exact area that once existed but had largely disappeared before his era, is strong proof in itself. Evidence is also laid out in the book to support Plato´s date of around 9,600 BC as being credible for the disappearance of Atlantis.

So what happens next?

Daughtrey hopes the book will inspire exploration, particularly on the seabed. Only then will we really know just how accurate Plato´s facts were. The sea-floor chart shows many clumps of “rocky areas”, could some of those be preserved ruins of Atlantis stone buildings he asks?

This article has been written from information provided by Peter Daughtrey, author of the new book ATLANTIS AND THE SILVER CITY (published by Thistle and available through amazon paperback £9.99 or ebook £6.99).

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