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Atlantis in Atlantic Europe:

In my youth, a long time ago, I remember spending a few weeks on the benches of the old national library, rue de Richelieu, reading everything that had been written about Atlantis. I had also spent a week in the premises of Atlantis magazine, consulting all of their issues. At the time I was interested in everything that was mysterious on the planet, wild men, sacred prostitution, megaliths, Atlantis. There have been hundreds, some say 2,000 writings about Atlantis. It has been located everywhere, in America, Africa, the Sahara, Santorini, the North Sea, Egypt, Yemen, Spitsbergen, Southeast Asia, Bulgaria and as far as Antarctica, absolutely all over ! Even the wise Montaigne joined in. Chapter XXX of his first book is devoted to Atlantis. But he had the intelligence not to suggest a location for the mythical island. He just explained that America could not be Atlantis because it was a continent, not an island. For him Atlantis extended in Europe: “The roys of this country there, who did not only possess this island but were extended in the mainland so before that they held the breadth of Africa as far as Egypt. and the length of Europe to Tuscany ”. Like the vast majority of people, he thought Atlantis was an island, but despite everything he placed Atlantis well in Europe and North Africa. Without knowing it, he was right! For several decades, some researchers have dared to hypothesize that Atlantis was at home, in the land of our ancestors. Now, after years of research, I do think they are right. Atlantis was indeed Atlantic Europe, the Europe of megaliths. The first to finally locate Atlantis in Europe was Paul Le Cour, the founder of Atlantis, who published in 1931 “In Search of a Lost World”. He associates Atlantis with Hyperborea. The German pastor Jürgen Spanüth with his book “Atlantis rediscovered” in 1954 (republished in 1977) places Atlantis in Europe. It was his interest in the “peoples of the sea” that brought him back to Europe. He found that the boats and weapons used by these people had nothing to do with the Mediterranean, but did come from northern Europe. He went to Medinet Habu to observe the hieroglyphics. He dates the cataclysm to 1220 BC. I think he is right, I also date him from this period. He located the site of the submerged city in the heart of the North Sea on the island of Heligoland. Thinking that Atlantis was an island and placing it in the heart of Europe, there is only one island in the North Sea. I obviously don’t agree with him at all. In 1957, historian Catherine-Jean Cordeau published the book “Poseidonis” devoted to Atlantis. For her, Atlantis was Western Europe. In 1969 the English author John Michell published “The new view over Atlantis” linked to the megaliths. Then the polytechnician Jean Deruelle published “From prehistory to the Atlantis of the megaliths” in 1990, a very beautiful and well-documented book, in which he demonstrates that the fabulous Atlantis was quite simply at home, in Atlantic Europe. In 2004 a Swedish geographer, Ulf Erlingsonn, published the book “Atlantis, from a geographer perspective”, never translated into French. In this book he demonstrates that Atlantis was indeed the Europe of megaliths, but he concludes that Atlantis was Ireland. A few years later, in 2007, Sylvain Tristan, enthusiastic about Deruelle’s book, followed suit with “Atlantis, the first European empire”. There I completely agree with him. Not only was it the first European empire, it was even the first empire on Earth, almost four thousand years before the Chinese Empire. Sylvain Tristan is an English teacher who, like me, was very intrigued by the great mysteries of the world. After Sylvain Tristan, Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Emile Mourey published a document on the internet in 2016: “Atlantis was Gaul!” “. With him it becomes very clear, Atlantis was indeed on our territory, not in the middle of the North Sea. In 2019 a young Norman passionate about megalithic culture, Oleg de Normandie, published: “The secret of Atlantis”. He too is convinced that Atlantis was indeed the megalithic civilization of Atlantic Europe, but he subscribes to Spanüth’s hypothesis for Heligoland. The truth is, it was the Greeks who called Atlantis, or Land of the Atlans, the Bronze Age civilization of Atlantic Europe. It’s crisp and clear, it wasn’t an island!

My Atlantis:

For two thousand years many people have started to search for the location of Atlantis. First of all you should know that for the Greeks Atlantis (land of the Atlans) was the Bronze Age civilization of Atlantic Europe. Tradition places it beyond the Pillars of Hercules (Strait of Gibraltar) and therefore can in no way be located in the Mediterranean. Beyond the Pillars of Hercules is the Atlantic! The legend does not speak of a volcanic eruption either, but of an earthquake. The Santorini island thesis therefore does not hold water. Plato’s 9000 years are actually 9000 months (Eudoxus). Professor Stravos Papadopoulos, a geophysicist at the University of Patras, an emeritus Atlantologist, provided a very important new element concerning Plato’s text. Knowing ancient Greek he affirms that the term nesos used by Plato and translated as island, had in fact five different meanings. It could as well refer to a promontory, a peninsula, a coast and even a land within a continent surrounded by lakes, rivers or springs and that changes everything! Atlantis was therefore not necessarily an island at all! The site I am pointing to fits this description perfectly, a place surrounded by water! It is approximately eight hectares of land. Today it belongs to the Maritime domain, it is not private land. It is fallow and very difficult to access. The small path leading there is not maintained and it is difficult to pass. It’s just the hunters who set foot there. We know that Brittany is the region with the largest number of megalithic monuments with Carnac and the largest menhir ever erected at Locmariaquer. One can think of it that Brittany was the historic center of the people of the Bronze Age. Their sovereign should therefore logically reside in the area and not in Denmark or Morocco. Their houses were made of wood or mud, and it was obvious that a tidal wave, like Storm Xynthia, could sweep it all away in the blink of an eye. Even a storm like the one in 1999 that tore up all the big trees could sweep away a wooden house village like a straw in the blink of an eye. The catastrophe marked the spirits because it was about the royal village but it was not an apocalyptic cataclysm with volcanic eruption, and engulfing of an entire country at the bottom of the abyss as many authors have imagined. It is because, or thanks to Raymond Péchereau, the author of the book “Le golfe des Pictons” (2011) that I thought that Atlantis could be located north of La Rochelle. I met this gentleman at a book fair a few years ago. He said that a huge tidal wave had ravaged the Gulf of Pictons region in ancient times. I asked him what were his sources? He told me he read it in a magazine but forgot exactly which one. That’s a shame. This gentleman owns a boat and he often sails in Aiguillon Bay. I told him about this story of impassable muddy bottoms. He told me that the bottom of the sea is constantly changing. Every year it’s different and it changes after every storm. This story of muddy bottoms has always taken hold of me. I did not understand how this was possible. The legend does not say that the island disappeared submerged under the waves. Legend has it that after the disaster it could not be accessed because of the muddy bottom. If it is an island in the middle of the ocean like Heligoland it is impossible. If it is a usual coast, it is also impossible. But here it is possible because the access to the site is the Anse de l’Aiguillon, it is not the open sea. On each side of the Anse de l’Aiguillon there are small beaches. There are quite a few, but they are not sandy beaches. These are mud beaches! It’s very rare, very astonishing, exceptional, but it’s the reality! When it comes to muddy shallows, the Baie de l’Aiguillon is the apotheosis! The color of the sea is gray! It’s all mud everywhere and even the land I’m talking about has been called “The Vases”. After a violent tidal wave, an accumulation of alluvium could effectively make the sea impenetrable during the hours following the disaster. This phenomenon did not last, but in the tradition it is these few hours that have remained. This cannot happen along a typical coastline, but it could very well have happened here in Anse de l’Aiguillon.

This is what confirms my hypothesis. Plato tells us that the site is surrounded by water and joins the sea. This is indeed the case for this site surrounded by the Sèvre Niortaise and one kilometer from the sea. The problem is that it will be extremely difficult to prove that ‘there was a village there in the Bronze Age. As the houses are made of wood, nothing remains. No dolmen or menhir were erected in the middle of the villages. The dolmens being sacred sites in sun worship, they were necessarily far from the villages. Everything that was made of wood was washed away. All the pottery was destroyed. Only very heavy bronze objects, swords and axes, remained in place. It is obvious that our ancestors cleaned up the day after the disaster! So there is nothing left! If the swamp occurred at night while everyone was asleep, there may have been no survivors! Consequently, the death of the entire royal family has necessarily been felt as a national tragedy. Why was this event transcribed on the columns of an Egyptian temple? At the time there were only two great civilizations on the planet, the Bronze Age of Atlantic Europe and Egypt. Our ancestors, sailors and navigators, not only traded throughout the Mediterranean but they even occupied all of North Africa from Morocco to Siwa. They were therefore closely linked to Egypt. The best proof of this is the construction of the pyramids. The pyramids are the apotheosis of the Bronze Age civilization, a civilization based on geometry. Thanks to Egyptian architects and stonemasons, they were able to achieve these masterpieces of geometry, which was impossible in Europe. Diodorus also wrote that there were in Egypt high priests astronomers and astrologers in great demand. They were still our Bronze Age ancestors expatriated to Egypt. In short, this disaster, which occurred in our country, was passed on to the Egyptians, which was lucky for us because since it was forbidden to write to priests, without the Egyptians we would never have known about this disaster. Given the location of this site, it is not at all surprising that it was chosen by the king to settle his village there. A place completely surrounded by water is extremely rare. To tell the truth I even think it is unique in the whole region. But it is so exceptional that we are legitimately entitled to ask the question whether this site is natural or artificial? Our Bronze Age ancestors were great builders of megaliths, but they were also experts in earthworks. Avebury’s 335-meter-long Great Ditch is 21 meters wide and 11 meters deep, much deeper than a riverbed. Let’s not forget the colossal man-made hills like Silbury hill or Glastonbury Tor. Nearby, diverting the Sèvre Niortaise was child’s play! In any case, whether natural or artificial, this site is really ideal for a royal village, surrounded by water and connected to the sea. In the region a legend speaks of a violent earthquake in ancient times which would have separated the island of Aix from the mainland? Previously the island would have been linked to Fouras. Such an earthquake would obviously have caused a swamp tidal wave of paroxysmal violence. In 814 a very violent earthquake occurred in the area. This is to say that the occurrence of an earthquake is quite plausible. The legend of Atlantis speaks well of an earthquake … I asked Grégor Marchand, archaeologist, research director at the University of Rennes for advice. Here is what he replied: “To answer your questions, several avenues are available: geophysical surveys, aerial surveys or even excavations. These are obviously expensive methods which involve collective work ”. I am obviously unable to undertake such work on my own. I hope that one day the DRAC will take my hypothesis into account and undertake this research.