Scientist says Ireland is lost island of Atlantis
Friday, August 6, 2004 Posted: 1:31 PM EDT (1731 GMT)
DUBLIN, Ireland (Reuters) -- Atlantis, the legendary island-nation whose existence has been debated for thousands of years, was actually Ireland, according to a new theory by a Swedish scientist.
Atlantis, the Greek philosopher Plato wrote in 360 B.C., was an island in the Atlantic Ocean where an advanced civilization developed some 11,500 years ago until it was hit by a cataclysmic natural disaster and sank beneath the waves.
Geographer Ulf Erlingsson, whose book explaining his theory will be published next month, says the measurements, geography, and landscape of Atlantis as described by Plato match Ireland almost exactly.
I doubt it's Atlantis, but - given the habit of likening it (or portions thereof) to aspects of the Arthurian Camelot myth, the "Isle of Glass" lore may indicate that, perhaps in it's ancient past, Ireland was one step of the journey to and from Atlantis.
Current lore, I think, has Atlantis quite a distance from there, tho...