New discoveries on Santorini Point at the origins of “the lost island of Atlantis”
A new documentary airing on the Discovery Channel indicates that the ancient lost city of Atlantis may indeed have been located on what is now known as the Greek island of Santorini.
Covered with 200 feet of ash from a volcanic explosion, almost unimaginable artistic riches, showing extravagant wealth, which were recently discovered in the area known as Akrotiri on the island of Santorini, offered clues even more enticing about his true identity.
The eruption of the island – which was originally called Stronghili, or “round” – in 1650 BC, decimated all life on the island and wiped out an entire city-state, which archaeologists have shown it was part of the Minoan civilization.
New evidence Santorini could be the site of Atlantis
The great philosopher and writer Plato, in his writings “Timaeus” and “Critias”, described the beauties of this once large and militarily powerful island, whose inhabitants have become so in love with themselves and so arrogant that the gods have destroy the city as a punishment.
Plato stated that the city had even once besieged Athens itself with its naval forces, but the Athenians repelled the attack with ease; the island nation was subsequently punished by the gods for its pride, sinking beneath the waves of the Aegean Sea.
The new Discovery Channel film, part of its ‘Blowing Up History’ series, gives new credence to the theory that the island of Santorini may well be the location of the big city.
Recent finds, including those made just last year, show exquisite works of art found in the area called Akrotiri, Santorini, which may indeed be the location of ancient Atlantis.
Protected now by state-of-the-art roofs, researchers continue to unearth more treasures from the past that were buried there, much like in Pompeii centuries later, preserving a lost civilization forever.
The volcanic eruption preserved the ancient history of Santorini
The island’s culture flourished 3,000 years ago before its inhabitants were so severely killed by the volcanic eruption – but researchers say its civilization had existed for thousands of years before that time.
Since its discovery in the middle of the 19th century, more and more paintings, objects and buildings have been discovered, each indicating an extremely advanced and rich civilization.
The new documentary states, “Clues to the connection can be found in the incredible frescoes that decorate the walls of every house.”
Just as Plato described it, “These vibrant paintings represent a paradise full of swirling colors, flowers and exotic animals. They capture a snapshot of the inhabitants. They are the proof of a very sophisticated and rich civilization. “
Although no other writer from that time – or any other time – has described Atlantis, Plato’s words have survived in history and thousands of historians have tried to determine exactly where the Atlantis was located. legendary island.
However, the fact that it disappeared almost instantly after the cataclysmic eruption of the ancient volcano “leads many to believe that Santorini is the lost island of Atlantis,” according to the documentary.
“At its peak,” the film states, “its narrow streets are finely cobbled with stone, and its town square is lined with quaint houses that tower three and four stories high. A panoply of colored stones adorn the facades.
“The ruins suggest that a highly sophisticated civilization flourished here for thousands of years before its abrupt end.”
The film shows how the island was hit by a volcanic eruption, as described by Plato.
The gigantic eruption, considered one of the largest in thousands of years, created clouds 20 km high that rained ash on lands as far away as Egypt, 200 km from Santorini.
Is Santorini the legendary lost civilization of Atlantis?
“Ancient writers have described how the ash cloud plunges the world into darkness, causing a planetary winter for two years,” says the narrator.
The explosion was so huge that it used up almost the entire land mass of the mountain, creating a huge caldera inside the “arms” of Santorini, as the remains form a giant crescent.
The island’s shape was instantly changed forever after the fateful explosion.
More than 3,000 years later, the fascination that it is in fact the lost Atlantis continues to intrigue archaeologists and historians today.
True, Plato is known to have borrowed some of his stories, allegories, and metaphors from older oral traditions, and it may never be demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that Santorini is the legendary lost civilization of the Atlantis.
Still, there seems to be plenty of evidence that this incredibly wealthy island – with its cobbled streets, fantastically decorated homes, and luxuries of every kind – might just be the same Atlantis that has gone down in history and folklore.