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Posted by portugalpress on September 03, 2014

History Channel features Algarve’s “connection to Atlantis”

A documentary entitled In Search of Aliens: The Hunt for Atlantis will soon be airing in Europe on the History Channel and its sister channel H2, featuring the small town of Silves’ possible connection to the island of Atlantis.

Although a date has not been announced – it is expected to air this week – the documentary can already been seen online.

The documentary includes a lengthy discussion with local author Peter Daughtrey, whose book Atlantis and the Silver City was published last year, at well-known Silves eatery Café do Inglês.

Daughtrey presents his case that Silves is the southwest Iberian area ancient Greek philosopher Plato was referring to in his famous works about Atlantis – thus solving the “2,400-year-old mystery of where Plato was referring to”.

“It matches the elaborate and exceptionally detailed description given by Plato for the ancient small Atlantis capital,” Daughtrey added.

His “exhaustive analysis” of what Plato wrote leads him to believe that most of Atlantis may now be “submerged and forming seabed in front of the Algarve’s coast”.

The author also said that he is “very grateful” his theory is being disseminated to a worldwide audience.

“Apart from stimulating interest in the Algarve, I hope that someone with suitable equipment will be inspired to mount a proper search to see if there are any remains on the seabed. Only then will we know if Plato was telling the truth or not,” he said.

If you wish to learn more about Peter Daughtrey’s theory on Atlantis, hardback, paperback and e-book versions of his book are available from Amazon.

To view the full documentary online, visit:…

Archive 3316



There is an ancient culture that flourished in Mesoamerica

around 1100 A.D. still baffling historians—the

mysterious Olmecs. Their religious rituals are far from

completely understood, but so too are their origins. How

did this culture that appeared seemingly overnight go on

to exhibit such an enormous influence on the rest of the


According to several authors, including Mike Xu,

professor of Chinese studies at the University of Central

Oklahoma, the Olmecs are descendants of ancient Chinese.

The evidence? The Olmec culture began around

1100 A.D., some years after the fall of China’s Shang dynasty

(1766 to 1122 B.C.). According to ancient chronicles

of that era, when the Zhou were invading and plundering

the Shang, records state that the son of the emperor

brought 25,000 adepts toward the “eastern ocean.” According

to Mike Xu, these were the first Olmec people.

At that time in history, China’s ocean fleet was the

most advanced of the day. Some historians propose that

these Chinese travelers could have arrived on the American

coast thanks to the “black current.” Known as Kuro

Shiwo or “current of death” in Japanese, this Pacific current

would have been capable of navigating an ancient

Chinese sailor to the Americas. In his article for the sailing

magazine 48 Degrees North, “Are We Living in the

Land of Fusang?” Hewitt R. Jackson writes that there is

evidence of similar pre-Columbian Chinese sea voyages

that have already been confirmed:

“Probably the best documented account that has been

studied is that of Hwui Chan (Hoei Shin). He was a “chamen”

or mendicant priest who had made his way from

Afghanistan among the first of the Buddhist missionaries

to reach China. This was a period of great expansion

for Buddhism and extraordinary journeys by land

and sea were common for the “cha-men.” Hwui Chan

sailed to the Americas some five hundred years before

Leif Erickson and a thousand before Columbus. His description

of the land he visited seems to indicate that he

passed by California and settled in Mexico. After a stay

of forty years he returned to China in 499 A.D. and related

the story of his labors and travels to Wu Ti, the Emperor.

The story of Fusang was at that time well known

in China. This eventually has been recognized and accepted

by western scholars, but for some reason it has

fallen out of fashion in our history and literature within

the past century.”

While the black current explains the journey, ancient

Olmec artifacts give the theory further substance. The

written language found on the Olmecs’ jars, pottery,

and statues reveals what could be the actual influence

of Chinese culture. Professor Xu points out that various

words found on these decorative objects match exactly

with those used in Shang China: Sun, Mountain, Artist,

Water, Rain, Sacrifice, Health, Plants, Wealth, and Earth.

In fact, the majority of the 146 characters used by the Olmecs

are exactly the same as primitive Chinese writing.

When Xu showed the Olmec artifacts to university students

involved in analyzing primitive Chinese culture,

they actually believed it was ancient Chinese script.

While most Mesoamerican scholars do not accept

Xu’s theory—critics have labeled him “the most dangerous

person in Mesoamerican research”—it nevertheless

offers insights about the mysterious Olmecs that more

accepted theories cannot reach.

In her letter to Science Magazine in 2005, Betty J.

Meggers of the National Museum of Natural History at

the Smithsonian Institution criticizes most Mesoamerican

scholars’ failure to acknowledge Xu’s comparisons:

“The invention of writing revolutionized Chinese society

by facilitating communication among speakers of 60 mutually

unintelligible languages and resulted in increased

commercial interaction and social integration. The rapid

diffusion of Olmec iconography and associated cultural

elaboration suggests it had the same impact across multilingual

Mesoamerica. The demise of the Shang Empire

circa 1500 B.C.E. coincides with the emergence of Olmec

civilization. Rather than speculate in a vacuum on the intangible

character of Olmec society, it would seem profitable

to compare the archaeological remains with the detailed

record of the impact of writing on the development

of Chinese civilization. What do we have to lose?”

Heller, Peter

Peter W.F. Heller (1948- ) is an archaeologist and the author of Atlantis: Beyond the Pillars of Herakles [1954]. Another Atlantis author[1955], Peter Nowak, has written a quite critical review on Amazon, awarding it one star only(a) !

Atlantisforschung offers a shorter, gentler critique –  “As a result of his relevant studies, Heller published his book Atlantis – Beyond the Pillars of Herakles in 2012, in which he clearly rejected speculative and fantastic interpretations of the Atlantis report: ” In order to track down the riddle of Atlantis, Heller leads the readers with an appropriate balance between scientific correctness and general understanding revisit deep into history. Is the evidence for the existence of Atlantis genuine, was here the cradle of all civilizations, was the first writing created here? Atlantis about computers, electrical energy, beam weapons and flying machines? Are there references to Atlantis in the Bible? And where was Atlantis really located? In the end, not everything turns out to be true that one initially believes to see… In this popular scientific work, the author examines the story of the legendary island of Atlantis in an exciting and entertaining manner, which disappeared forever ‘in a single day and a single night’.(b)


(b) Peter WF Heller – (

Nowak, Peter

Peter Nowak is the author of the 2016 German-language book Everything You Wanted to Know about Atlantis (Was Sie schon immer über Atlantis wissen wollten)[1955].  Roland M. Horn, the Atlantisforschung founder, wrote the Foreword and declared that this “is one of the best Atlantis books ever written in my opinion!”(a)

Thorwald C. Franke has offered more muted support in an Amazon review(a).


Maxwell, Robin

Robin Maxwell is an American novelist who has published a five-volume Gods of Atlantos Saga using the story of Atlantis as a backdrop. Maxwell was nominated Author of the Month for September 2022 on Graham Hancock’s website(a). In her lengthy essay, she reveals that Plato was not the only author to inspire her as we find that Erich von Däniken et al and their ‘ancient aliens’ have been blended into her epic tale. Added to the mix we have Zechariah Sitchin’s Planet X as well as a UFO sighting by her mother and grandmother. This hotchpotch is certainly not for me.


Viardot, Louis

Louis Viardot (1800-1883) was a French writer, art historian, art critic and translator. Atlantisforschung tells us(a) that “In 1840, as we learn from Thorwald C. Franke, that Viardot wrote the text for the lemma Atlantide in the Encyclopèdie nouvelleIn 1851, Franke continued, ‘an additional chapter for the second edition of his ‘Histoire des Arabes et les Mores d’Espagne’, in which he repeated his theses on Atlantis.”

“Viardot believed in an Atlantic Atlantis, of which the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands are remnants. There is much invention in Plato’s Atlantis account, says Viardot, but the true core lies in discoveries in the west by Phoenicians and Carthaginians. Viardot also linked medieval Arab voyages of discovery to the Azores and Madeira to Atlantis, for in his opinion the Arabic descriptions of these islands fitted well with the descriptions of Plato’s Atlantis account.

(a) Louis Viardot – (

Radlof, Johann Gottlieb

Johann Gottlieb Radlof (1777-1829) was a German linguist, who from 1818 to 1822 held a professorship at the University of Bonn and from 1823 to 1826 he taught at the University of Berlin. His later research led to an investigation of catastrophes in the solar system and their effects on the Earth.

Radlof’ supported his claim of cataclysmic celestial encounters with some material [1438] later employed by Immanuel Velikovsky over a century later. Some commentators have mentioned how Velikovsky seemed reluctant to credit earlier writers, such as W.C.Beaumont and Radlof(a), with their contributions to the development of the theory of planetary Catastrophism. Others, such as Clube & Napier offer a more generous attribution(b).


(b) Johann Gottlieb Radlof – (

Goldmann, Klaus

Klaus Goldmann (1936-2019) was a German archaeologist, who before retiring was senior curator at Berlin’s Museum of Pre- and Early History. Atlantisforschung reported that Dr Goldmann also dealt with the controversial interpretations of the Atlantis legend. Privately it was known that he largely represented the views of the Bordelum pastor and private researcher Jürgen Spanuth. Officially, however, his superiors gave him to understand that he was not allowed to represent this opinion in public.”(a)

The journal Archaeology recorded that Dr. Goodmann engaged in a search for the lost Baltic city of Vineta “along with economist and journalist Günter Wermusch and in collaboration with the Hamburg Technical University, he is seeking to pinpoint the location of the lost city(b). For that, Goldmann is relying on medieval documents and maps and modern aerial and satellite photographs.” I should point out that Vineta was nominated as the location of Atlantis by Doris Manner.

(a) Klaus Goldmann – Memoirs of a Meritorious Prehistorian – (


Assman, Jan

Jan Assmann (1938- ) is a renowned German Egyptologist and is Emeritus Professor at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. In June 2018, Thorwald C. Franke (Newsletter No.117) offered the following comments on Assmann’s attitude to Atlantis. “In his works, Jan Assmann touches on the topic of Plato’s Atlantis several times. In all relevant passages, he consequently avoids formulations and wordings which declare Atlantis to be just an invention by Plato. Assmann talks about the Atlantis tradition as an Egyptian tradition.

On the other hand, Jan Assmann avoids any explicit statement in favor of the existence of Atlantis, and how to imagine this existence in detail. And of course, as a reasonable Egyptologist, Jan Assmann rejects pseudo-science approaches such as considering Egypt and the Sphinx 11000 years old.

Assmann’s book with the most relevance to Atlantis research is “Wisdom and Mystery: The Image of the Greeks of Egypt”, which is available in German only, while other works of Assmann have been translated into English.”(a)

(a) Atlantis Newsletter Archive – Atlantis-Scout (www-atlantis–



Sieber, Franz Wilhelm

Franz Wilhelm Sieber (1789-1844) was born in Prague and became a widely-travelled botanist, plant collector and explorer.

According to Thorwald C. Franke [1255.352] Sieber favoured Atlantis in the Americas and offered discoveries in Trinidad to support this idea.

Sadly, Sieber was an eccentric person who eventually deteriorated into complete madness, ending his days in a Prague insane asylum(a).