Prof. Antonis N. Kontaratos (? – 2011) was a Greek researcher who delivered a number of papers to the 2005 and 2008 Atlantis Conferences including one in which he highlighted the fact that either directly or indirectly Plato states twenty two times that the story of Atlantis is true. He concluded “that Plato’s story of Atlantis is based on a kernel of truth.” He believed that the narrative contains a variety of exaggerations and that the difficulties involved in separating fact from fiction have led to the spectrum of competing theories.
Kontaratos placed the capital of Atlantis at Poverty Point in Louisiana or at least it inspired some of Plato’s description since “there is also solid evidence that the Greeks were travelling to America in prehistoric times too and could have witnessed firsthand the impressive earthworks at Poverty Point, information which could have reached Plato independently as a fading legend. Kontaratos cited Plutarch to support his contention of Greek transatlantic travel in prehistory.
Kontaratos has also appeared in a 1997 TV Documentary, Atlantis: In Search of a Lost Continent, hosted by Richard Crenna as well as a 2007 episode of the Digging for the Truth TV Series.