Mary Sutherland is a shaman, researcher and author, who has advocated an Appalacian location for Atlantis over a number of years on her Burlington News website(a). In fact, she claims that the ancient name for Atlantis was Appalacia! She has now published a new book The Red-Haired Giants: Atlantis in America with a foreword by Frank Joseph.
After skimming through a synopsis of the book’s chapters I could only conclude that Sutherland’s Atlantis could not be sunken land that Plato wrote about. There is no doubt that America holds many historical mysteries, but being part of Atlantis is not one of them.
An Appalachian location for Atlantis is one of the many bizarre suggestions to emanate from the USA. A website(a) run by Brad and Mary Sutherland not only claim that Atlantis was in Kentucky but as a bonus Solomon’s Mines are to be found there too. The Sutherlands have attempted to give their ‘theory’ a veneer of credibility by adding a copy of a 17th century map of the Americas by Sanson, speculatively entitled ‘Island of Atlantis’ – a view in vogue at that time. They also include a reference to the Phaistos Disk and a number of images of unusual rock formations. In short, they really offer nothing to link Atlantis with Kentucky. Sites like this, which are all too common and give serious Atlantis researchers a bad name. Sutherland’s ramblings(b) also extends to UFOs and Martians as well as Lemurians living on Mt. Shastra!