|About the Book|
The discovery in 1992 of tobacco and cocaine, American narcotics, in an Egyptian mummy, and the finding, in 1998, of ancient European DNA in Native Americans, should have reignited debate on the question of Atlantis. That it did not was due to several widely-held assumptions about human and natural history. (a) It is assumed, by the great majority of scientists, that no catastrophes of the type described by Plato, which sank Atlantis to the depths of the ocean in a single day and night of misfortune, have ever occurred - not at least within the memory and experience of mankind. (b) It is believed, by virtually all researchers, whether mainstream or alternative, that no large islands, far less a continent, ever existed in the Atlantic Ocean, and that the geological evidence has demonstrated this in a most convincing manner. (c) It is accepted by virtually all historians that the civilizations of the New World are much less ancient than those of the Old, and that, consequently, the parallels observed between the cultures of the Old World and the New are purely coincidental: such features must have developed independently on either side of the ocean. By the time the peoples of the New World began to build pyramids, it is held, pyramid-building had long ceased in Egypt and elsewhere in the Old World, and by then the Egyptians, Greeks and Babylonians were in possession of the wheel and had developed an advanced Iron Age technology. Since none of these are found in the New World, there can have been no cultural interaction.All three of the above statements are regarded as unassailable fact.