Lost City of Atlantis: Buried in the Desert ?
Posted on Sunday, November 23 – 2003
The Lost City of Atlantis is not deep beneath the ocean — the ancient metropolis is buried under the sands of the Sahara Desert, at least according to Archaeologist Dr. Carla Sage. She points out that according to ancient accounts, the Mycenaean, Cretan and Egyptian civilizations all traded with Atlantis — which would have been unlikely if it lay in the North Atlantic as many believe.”Atlantis was clearly within easy trading distance of Troy and the other city states of the Mediterranean,” she says. “I believe Atlantis was the capital of a vast North African empire with ports on the Gulf of Sidra.”Atlantis was destroyed, not by earthquake, floods or volcanoes, but by the steady march of desert sands that smothered the civilization.”The empire did not sink into thesea as is commonly believed — it was swallowed by the dunes.”While the theory flies in the face of traditional views of Atlantis, Dr. Sage points to tantalizing evidence that supports the Sahara model.Nomadic desert Bedouins, especially after sandstorms, often see marble columns sticking up out of dunes, notably near the Ahaggar Mountains of southern Algeria, the British expert reveals.Even more surprising, scientists have discovered that within comparativelyrecent times in geological terms, the Sahara region enjoyed a temperate climate that would have made it an ideal site for human civilization.”Eleven thousand to 12,000 years ago, when the ancient Greeks say Atlantis flourished, the Sahara was lush, fertile land,” Dr.
Sage observes. “Artwork etched in Saharan rocks at that time depicts giraffes roaming freely. Archaeologists have also found pictograms of domesticated cattle, horse-drawn chariots, aswell as large caravans — confirming that trade played an important role in the region.”But the alarmingly rapid transformation of the region from paradise to dry desert would have wiped out all agriculture and killed off livestock.”More significantly, as sand encroached on the empire, clogging caravan wheels, it made travel nearly impossible — which would have put an end to an empire based on trade,” Dr. Sage says.”It was not until centuries later, around 100 B.C., that people began to use camels for transportation in the region — an innovation that came too late for Atlantis, long since buried and forgotten under the dunes.”