Al Nika (Albert Spyro Nikas) is a computer scientist working in New York. He is the latest to weigh in behind the idea of Atlantis having been located in the vicinity of Malta. In a paper(a) prepared for the 2008 Atlantis Conference in Athens, Nika outlines his ideas. He emphasises that the Atlantis story had an Egyptian orientation which was facing north. Applying his fluency in ancient Greek, he concludes that the Egyptian priests were referring to a number of different seas contained within the Mediterranean. One of these was situated beyond the Pillars of Heracles, which he believes were located on the Egadi Islands(b) off the west coast of Sicily. He concludes with the claim that the Maltese archipelago is the remains of Atlantis. His paper is well worth a read.
Nika has claimed that the name ‘Atlas’ in Greek could be read as ‘Malta’ in Etruscan, this upset the excitable Diaz-Montexano who denounced it(c). Nika responded in defence of his claim(d).
In 2016, Nika revamped his website(e).
Sunday November 19th saw the publication of an article(f) by Nika in Malta’s Sunday Independent, in which he describes his recent visit to the many temples in the archipelago. He goes on to claim that he has located the ruins of an ancient city, just offshore, not far from Valetta, which he believes to have been the capital of Atlantis.
This year he reported his findings to Heritage Malta, providing them with images and coordinates, but, so far, has had no positive response. Nika is anxious that the site be confirmed by the authorities and then secured, but the apparent lack of interest from that quarter prompted him to conclude his article with the promise that “if I don’t hear anything from the authorities within a short time I will be obligated to reveal the location of the find to the Maltese people, after all, it is part of their history and they have the right to know about it.”
Nika is currently (2019) finishing a book that will explain in greater detail his theories regarding ancient Malta and Atlantis.
(a) See: Archive 2880
(e) http://www.atlantisinmalta.com/ (Offline February, 2017) (Reinstated June 2017)(Offline again in October 2019)