Baird, W. Sheppard
W. Sheppard Baird is an American researcher and the author of a wide range of articles on the Minoan civilisation, which can be read on his website(a) and 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 a historical novel, The Minoan Psychopath.
Baird added an interesting paper(b) on the possible use by the Minoans of a signalling system using bronze mirrors reflecting sunlight between the many mountain peaks of Crete>and speculated that it may even have permitted heliographic communication between mountain tops in Crete and the heights of Thera (Santorini)! He went further and suggested the possibility of a Minoan communication network throughout the Aegean.!<
Perhaps even more important is his essay(c) debunking 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 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, despite of the name of his website, Baird makes few direct references to Atlantis>explainong(g) that; “As the creator of this Minoan Atlantis website you should know that I actually could care less about Atlantis. The name of the website is a reflection of the thought – if there ever was an Atlantis it was most probably the highly advanced Minoan civilization and their “Ringed Islands of Thera” whose marine volcano colossally erupted somewhere around 1600 BC. This titanic eruption changed the economic and political fundamentals of the entire Mediterranean basin.”<