Quest for Atlantis still - researcher Robert Sarmast
Tue Aug 8, 2006 14:59

Explorer and researcher Robert Sarmast discussed discoveries of underwater structures off Cyprus which he believes are the remnants of Atlantis...cont.

Quest for Atlantis still

AUDIO PART I - 8/7/06
INTERVIEW: Explorer and researcher Robert Sarmast

AUDIO PART II - 8/7/06
INTERVIEW: Explorer and researcher Robert Sarmast

He sent us sonar imagery of underwater structures. You can also view animations related to the sinking of Atlantis.


What if one of humankind’s greatest mysteries could be solved by a single geographical and archaeological discovery – that of the actual location of the legendary Atlantis? What if for the first time in history, the possibility of the existence of the famed island could come alive both through 3D maps and models showing a stretch of sunken land one mile beneath the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean sea, and through images from the seafloor which reveal structures that are evidently man-made? And what if this underwater landmass and these man-made structures perfectly matched Plato’s detailed descriptions of the lost city of Atlantis?

The legend of Atlantis made its way to the West through the works of Plato about 2,400 years ago, but this story is actually much older. Roughly 2,600 years ago, the Greek statesman, Solon (known as the “father of democracy”), traveled to Egypt and met with the high priests of the land. This trip was widely documented by Greek historians as Solon was a legendary figure even in his own time; consequently we know for certain that the trip did take place and even where the meeting was held.

The Egyptian priests were known in those days as the best keepers of ancient history and they presented Solon with their most ancient historic records, or what may be considered as their version of the biblical “Genesis.” Here, Solon first learned about the lost island where civilization had begun. He was so taken by the story that he spent the rest of his life compiling and translating the records to the Greek tongue, changing all the Egyptian names to Greek, and naming this island “Atlantis”. At the time however, it was also known by various other names throughout the ancient world, and it is important to note that many people even today wrongly assume that Atlantis must have been in the Atlantic Ocean; in fact no one knows the original name before Solon’s translations – the “prehistoric” world would not have even known what an ocean is (names like the Atlantic Ocean and the Pillars of Hercules are actually relatively modern Greek names and the original names used have been long lost).

About two hundred years later, Plato got hold of this treasured text and relayed the legend in the form of dialogues in his “Timaeus” and “Critias.” The Egyptians had told Solon that this was the island was where the art of civilization truly began, and that the Greek and the Egyptian cultures were merely off-shoots of that original civilization. They also said that the island was submerged around 9,600 BC and had been in existence for many thousands of years before the great flood (click to see animation file).

While the modern world continues to wonder about whether Atlantis was real or not, one thing is for certain. To the Egyptian priests, Solon, and Plato, and in fact all of our distant ancestors, the story was based on real events that took place on a real island. What strikes one most when reading Plato’s Critias is the astounding number of physical clues, dimensions and detailed descriptions provided about the island, the great plain at its southern foothills, and the sacred Acropolis Hill located at the heart of the island’s capital, Atlantis City.

Today’s generation is the first in history that has the technological capability to search the ocean depths, and the world’s first detailed underwater map of the eastern Mediterranean seafloor was produced especially for the Cyprus-Atlantis Project.

After ten years of research and the creation of proprietary maps and 3D models, Robert Sarmast has discovered astounding evidence of the sunken isle of Atlantis (or some might call it Eden), a lost land mass that many believe to be the prehistoric cultural source of Western civilization. The theory put forth in Robert Sarmast's book: Discovery of Atlantis: the Startling Case for the Island of Cyprus was published by Origin Press in October of 2003 and caused a news sensation as it was the first time a real underwater landmass had been matched with Plato's detailed description of Atlantis. Over fifty physical matches were provided.

Shortly after the publication of the book, Robert traveled to Cyprus and spent the next year preparing for a scientific expedition, which occurred in November of 2004. (.wmv video link) The astonishing results of this expedition (sonar generated images of the seafloor) created headlines around the world as the images showed clear evidence of man-made structures fifty miles from the nearest shore, and one mile under water, exactly where Robert had been predicted they would be.

Cyprus in its current form appears to be the mountaintop of what used be a larger island, most of which is currently under water. An underwater valley stretching between Cyprus and Syria appears to be the "great plain" of Atlantis, and an underwater mountain in the middle of this valley appears to be the Acropolis Hill of Atlantis City, our main target area.

The first Atlantis expedition succeeded in gathering sonar-generated images of the seafloor where the purported man-made structures were found. Robert and his team are now working towards organizing a second expedition where an ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) will be sent to the depths to actually film the great wall of Atlantis. A sub-bottom profiler will also be used to see what lies beneath the mud sitting on top of these massive structures. The team plans to execute the second expedition sometime in the summer of 2006.


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