Archaeologist Jack Howard is a brave but cautious man. When he embarked on a new search for buried treasure in the Mediterranean, he knew it was a long shot. When he uncovered a golden disc that spoke of a lost civilization more advanced than any in the ancient world, he started to get excited. But when Jack Howard and his intrepid crew finally got close to uncovering the secrets the sea had held for thousands of years, nothing could have prepared them for what they would find
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Since then Atlantis has sold well over a million copies and been published in thirty languages,. For centuries, people have speculated on the location of the fabled civilization that sank beneath the waves. Now, in a fascinating new novel, one man thinks that he at last can provide the answer….
Marine archaeologist Jack Howard could not believe his eyes. From his Aquapod hundreds of metres beneath the Black Sea, the former Special Forces soldier peered at a giant statue of a bull at the entrance to a magnificent city, still majestic and intact 8, years after it was buried by the rising waters. Here before his eyes was the fabled city of Atlantis.
For more than 20 years, he specialized in ancient shipwrecks and sunken cities in the Mediterranean and Aegean. Instead of seeking it in some fantastic location, we should be looking for it in the heart of the ancient world where civilization began.
In his novel, archaeologists led by Howard stumble upon clues to the location of Atlantis during excavations and race to find it, battling Islamic extremists and a sunken Russian nuclear submarine packed with warheads. A sort of Da Vinci Code of the deep sea, Atlantis may read like an airport thriller but the ideas underpinning it are deadly serious.
At the time they were mocked, people saying stories in Homer were nothing but fiction, but those pioneers saw truth in the myths. They were right. I felt the same about Atlantis. An advanced, conquering kingdom, said Plato, Atlantis met a nasty fate after it overreached and angered the gods. Ever since then, historians, adventurers, explorers and multitudes of New Age nuts have advanced theories about its location and significance.
It was Ireland, it was Australia, it was off the Spanish port of Cadiz, off Morocco, capital of a global pre-Ice Age civilization, terrestrial HQ of an intergalactic empire …. For Gibbins, the truth is more straightforward. His novel posits the idea that the lost city could be in the depths of the Black Sea, an area once lush and fertile before flooding caused the rapid evacuation of the area.
Five million years ago, the Mediterranean dried out after being cut off from the Atlantic. What is now the Black Sea also greatly reduced in size. But far from entirely disappearing, the inhabitants and their culture, religion, language and technology dispersed throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa — a diaspora that formed the basis for civilization as we know it.
Far-fetched as it may sound, this theory of the birth of civilization has become more widely accepted. In my book, that source is Atlantis. If this theory is true, then all of us — genetically, culturally or in the language we speak — are decendants of Atlantis. In the book I write about shipwrecks perfectly preserved in brine in the depths of the Black Sea, and part of that is true.
Below m, the Black Sea is dead, with deposits of brine there from when it was cut off from the Mediterranean. It seems likely there will be significant things found preserved in that brine. Atlantis always meant much more than simply a drowned civilization. To the ancients it was a fascination with the fallen, with greatness doomed by arrogance and hubris.
Every age has its own Atlantis fantasy, harking back to an era of unimagined splendour overshadowing all history. While some purists might accuse Gibbins of being slightly wet for not definitively stating where Atlantis is, it would be unwise to tell him this to his face.
It was a choice of either going for the surface — which I would not have made — or swimming for an emergency tank. I went for the tank, and made it just as I was blacking out. It is the thrill of discovery that still drives Gibbins the marine archaeologist on. I get so thrilled at finding things. I still love getting that Indiana Jones adrenaline kick.
Money is often a problem with doing fieldwork, so it would be a nice bonus. And if an Atlantis expedition were on the cards? Does he think the lost city will ever be found? Amazing things are possible and anything could be discovered. It was Ireland, it was Australia, it was off the Spanish port of Cadiz, off Morocco, capital of a global pre-Ice Age civilization, terrestrial HQ of an intergalactic empire … For Gibbins, the truth is more straightforward.
The Gods of Atlantis by David Gibbins
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Since then Atlantis has sold well over a million copies and been published in thirty languages,. For centuries, people have speculated on the location of the fabled civilization that sank beneath the waves. Now, in a fascinating new novel, one man thinks that he at last can provide the answer…. Marine archaeologist Jack Howard could not believe his eyes.