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Fisher, Doug

mesopotamia argentinaDoug Fisher is the author of a forthcoming book The Atlantis Maps: The Rise of Atlantis and the Fall of a Paradigm in which he places Atlantis on the Plain of the other Mesopotamia, in Argentina. The book is still a work-in-progress, but four chapters are sometimes available online(a).

Fisher has published an illustrated paper on Graham Hancock’s website with the self-explanatory title of The Walls of Atlantis(b). His suggestion of a huge outer wall encircling the city of Atlantis has been disputed by Jim Allen, provoking further comments(c) from Fisher.

He has also criticised the methodology, which Allen used to place Atlantis on the Altiplano(d), while I question the credibility of both their theories.

*Fisher’s book is now finished and due for publication in November 2018 with the new title of Maps, Myths & Paradigms. His old website is now closing and a new site(e) is in preparation to coincide with the publication of his book.

(a) http://www.atlantismaps.com/chapter_7.html (Link broken Oct.2018) See: Archive 2865 (no images)*

(b) http://grahamhancock.com/fisherd3/

(c) http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread646457/pg2 (half way down page)

(d) http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread821281/pg1

*(e) http://www.copheetheory.com/*

 

 

Finaeus, Oronteus

Oronteus Finaeus (1494-1555) was a celebrated cartographer who produced a map in 1531 which is claimed by some that, like the Piri Reis Oronteus FinaeusMap, it depicts the coast of an ice-free Antarctica. Charles Hapgood rediscovered it in 1959(a) in the Library of Congress. This idea is then used to support the concept of the existence of a very early civilisation that was capable of sophisticated map making. It is then just a short step to name this civilisation ‘Atlantis’. Some, such as the Flem-Aths went further and actually nominated Antarctica as the home of Atlantis.

Robert Argod has used the Oronteus Finaeus Map to support his contention that the Polynesians had originated in Antarctica.

A more recent website(b), although not endorsing an Antarctic Atlantis, discusses some of these old maps in very great detail. The site is based on a number of chapters from a work-in-progress, The Atlantis Maps: The Rise of Atlantis and the Fall of a Paradigm by Doug Fisher. He identifies the Plain of Mesopotamia in Northern Argentina as the location of Atlantis.

*(a) http://archive.aramcoworld.com/issue/198001/piri.reis.and.the.hapgood.hypotheses.htm*

(b) http://atlantismaps.com/

Argentina (L)

mesopotamia argentinaArgentina is one of the latest locations to be proposed for Atlantis. Doug Fisher has a work-in-progress entitled The Atlantis Maps: The Rise of Atlantis and the Fall of a Paradigm. On his website(a) Fisher offers four chapters from his forthcoming book. The first three chapters on offer discuss in great detail the 16th century maps that are claimed to show an ice-free Antarctica. In the final chapter he argues that Plato’s text could only have been referring to the Americas as the location of Atlantis. He goes further and specifies the Plain of Mesopotamia in northern Argentina as the plain described by Plato with a landform in the Paraná Delta conforming to the dimensions he gave for the circular city of Atlantis.

Completely unrelated to Atlantis but perhaps even more intriguing is a circular feature in the el-ojoParaná Delta know as ‘El Ojo’ (The Eye) which has only recently been discovered. It is a perfectly circular ‘lake’ 120 metres across with a floating ‘island’ in it which is also perfectly circular. There is an English language video(b) clip outlining the extent of the mystery and the plans to mount a multidisciplinary expedition to study it further.

(a) http://atlantismaps.com/

(b) https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/217692-ojo-isla-mover-argentina&prev=search

Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia was an area of the Middle East that corresponds to most of modern Iraq together some surrounding areas. It was first suggested by G.F. Oviedo y Valdes, in 1535, as the location of Atlantis. After its inundation, he claims that the survivors fled to the Americas.

mesopotamiaA recent article(c) by Marilyn Luongo  also attempts to link Mesopotamia with Atlantis, beginning with locating the ‘Pillars of Heracles’ at the Strait of Hormuz and then using the highly controversial interpretation of ‘meizon’ to mean ‘between’ rather than ‘greater’ proceeds to argue that Mesopotamia is ‘between’ Asia and Libya.

Mesopotamia has recently been entered into the ‘Atlantis Stakes’ by Andreea Haktanir. Her website(a) has an extensive article that takes 14 chapters to conclude that Atlantis was Mesopotamia. Although I found her theory interesting, I was not convinced.

There is a website showing a huge number of maps relating to the various civilisations who existed in Mesopotamia over the millennia(b).

In July 2016 the most accurate timeline for the region was published following intensive research led by Cornell University archaeologist Sturt Manning(d).  The data is now accurate back to the early second millennium BC and where estimates differed by up to 200 years, this has now been reduced to just 8 years.

Coincidentally, there is a region of Argentina called Mesopotamia that has also been identified as the original home of Atlantis.

(a) http://atlantis.haktanir.org/ch14.html  (offline Jan 2016) see: Archive 2562)

(b) https://aratta.wordpress.com/mesopotamia-map/

(c) http://middle-east.mavericsa.co.za/history.html

(d) https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719161657.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ffossils_ruins%2Fancient_civilizations+%28Ancient+Civilizations+News+–+ScienceDaily%29