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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).


Fugger, Markus

Markus Fugger is a descendant of Lukas Fugger vom Reh who was appointed ‘titular’ king of Atlantis in 1499 by Maximillian I (1459-1519) of the Holy Roman Empire. The certificate of appointment nominated the Azores as the remnants of Atlantis. This could have been considered a provocative act by the Portuguese, who controlled the Azores, as their principal rivals, the Spanish, had allied themselves through marriage with Maximillian the previous year. Leaving politics aside, this event indicates that Maximillian accepted the reality of Atlantis and placed it in the Atlantic.

This very early reference to Atlantis is covered in greater detail on the excellent Atlantisforschung website(a), which got the information from Markus Fugger von dem Rech, a descendant of Lukas.

In 2013 Atlantisforschung published a paper by Markus Fugger defending the Azores as Atlantis and concluding with it can be said that the likelihood that Atlantis was a large landmass on the site of today’s Azores plateau in the Atlantic and that the Plato report is essentially true is based on the above indications, explanations, interpretations, and explanations to assume then the probability that things will behave differently”(b).


(b)  Eine These zur Lokalisierung von Atlantis im Atlantik – (

Hahn, Paul-Jürgen

Paul-Jürgen Hahn  (1945-) is the author of a 2020 translation of a 2015 paper focusing on the Carolina Bays.(a)  His own summary gives the most accurate outline of his illustrated essay.

“The following study describes the astronomical processes of the comet impact into the Zaragoza Sea (Sargasso Sea) 11,400 years ago, which led to the Atlantis catastrophe. The dating coincides with the lore of Plato’s Dialogues, the ancient Egyptian monuments of Giza – the Great Sphinx and the pyramids in their correlation to the belt stars of star constellation Orion – as well as astronomical evaluations of the so-called Carolina Bays, according to which the still existing meteor shower of the Cepheids represents the remaining remnants in the orbit of the comet that impacted at the time. The reconstruction using astro-programme Guide 9.0 leads to the date of impact as 12 March 9,337 BC (Greg.), 10:19 true local time in South Carolina, respectively 09:27 Bahamas time.”

(a) Die Datierung der Atlantis-Katastrophe (