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Montalbano, Pierluigi

Pierluigi Montalbano is a teacher of ancient history and a recognised expert in copper and bronze metallurgy. His latest (2012) book is Sardegna: L’isola dei nuraghi [1337] (Sardinia: Island of the Nuraghi).  He believes that Atlantis consisted of a number of territories that probably included his native Sardinia(a), but identified a North African area the territory, specifically northern Tunisia, that could have been the centre of that civilization. Near Tunis flows a river that collects the waters coming from the valley that is formed between the massif of the Aurès to the north and that of the Tassili and Ahgarr to the south. In this huge valley, there were, and there are, rivers that flow into a lake in the hinterland of Tunis.

It is worth noting that modern Tunis is adjacent to the site of ancient Carthage, which had a circular layout with a central Acropolis on Byrsa hill, surrounded by a plain with an extensive irrigation system. This has prompted some authors, including Massimo Pallottino  [0222] and C. Corbato [0223] to suggest that it had been the model for Plato’s description of Atlantis. This idea has now been adopted by Luana Monte(c). However, it was probably Victor Bérard, who. in 1929, was one of the first to point out [0160] the similarity of Carthage with Plato’s description of Atlantis.

Montalbano has also written an article(b) about the Pillars of Heracles and also suggests(c)(d) that the Hanebu referred to by the Egyptians were Atlanteans.>Although his blogs are in Italian, the site is well worth a browse and as it has Google Translate built-in it is accessible to all(e).<





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Hanebu (Haou-Nebout)

Hanebu (Haou-Nebout) is an Egyptian term that apparently means “behind the islands” and is claimed by Frank Joseph to be a reference to the Sea Peoples.  The same idea is promoted by Ellis Peterson(b). However, it is more generally accepted that the name was the one by which the Egyptian first identified the Greeks(a), which certainly seems more plausible.

Pierluigi Montalbano, the Sardinian researcher, discusses in two papers the Hanebu and their possible association with the Atlanteans and/or Minoans(c)(d)!

Fabio Marino in a paper entitled The Atlantis of the Egyptians the author engages in a detailed examination of the meaning of Haou-Nebout(f), but is also less than certain about its meaning.

>Atlantisforschung offers an article that discusses the variety of spellings and meanings associated with the term ‘Hanebu’. The thrust of the paper appears to endorse Jürgen Spanuth‘s claim that the Egyptians used the term Hanebu to describe the Sea Peoples or as Spanuth prefers, the North Sea Peoples(g).<

The name has also been applied in more recent times to some of the Nazi secret flying machines that were in development towards the end of the war(e).







(g) Hanebu (Haunebu) – ( *