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Baird, W. Sheppard (L)

W. Sheppard Baird is an American researcher and the author of a number of articles on the Minoan civilisation, which can be read on his website(a) and on the academia.edu website(f). He writes on the maritime expertise of the Minoans and their colonisation of Spain. Baird has also incorporated his knowledge of the Minoans into an historical novel, The Minoan Psychopath[1426].

Baird added an interesting paper(b) on the possible use by the Minoans of a signalling system using bronze mirrors reflecting sunlight between the mountain peaks of Crete!

Perhaps even more important is his essay(c) debunking of the theory that a tsunami resulting from the 2nd millennium BC eruption of Thera destroyed the Minoan civilisation on Crete and proposes instead that it was in fact more likely to have been a pyroclastic surge from the same source. The latest studies have concluded(d) that it was the violent entry of pyroclastic flows into the sea which triggered the tsunamis.

Baird has also offered his identification of the Sea Peoples, whom he considers to originally have been colonists from the Aegean who settled in the southeast of Spain and are known as the El Argar culture. Their society suffered some form of collapse around 1350 BC and according to Baird is in some way connected with the emergence of the Sea Peoples.

Unfortunately, in spite of the name of his website, Baird makes no direct reference to Atlantis.

(a) http://www.minoanatlantis.com

(b) http://www.minoanatlantis.com/Minoan_Mirror_Web.php

(c) http://www.minoanatlantis.com/Sinking_Atlantis_Myth.php

(d) http://www.livescience.com/56791-santorini-tsunamis-caused-by-volcanic-flow.html

(e) http://www.minoanatlantis.com/Origin_Sea_Peoples.php

(f) http://independent.academia.edu/SheppardBaird