Atlantis of the West: The Case for Britain's Drowned Megalithic Civilization

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Do Welsh legends of lost cities beneath the sea match Plato's descriptions of the island civilization of Atlantis? Do Irish myths of a golden age when the eastern Irish Sea was a flowery plain describe the same place Herodotus said disappeared beneath the waves during a single day and night of geological upheaval millennia before Ancient Greece? Author and researcher Paul Dunbavin has embarked on a multidisciplinary investigation into how science could explain such a catastrophe and how modern archaeological ...

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Do Welsh legends of lost cities beneath the sea match Plato's descriptions of the island civilization of Atlantis? Do Irish myths of a golden age when the eastern Irish Sea was a flowery plain describe the same place Herodotus said disappeared beneath the waves during a single day and night of geological upheaval millennia before Ancient Greece? Author and researcher Paul Dunbavin has embarked on a multidisciplinary investigation into how science could explain such a catastrophe and how modern archaeological findings point to a possible location for lost Atlantis. This book theorizes that the Middle Neolithic period around 5,000 years ago was a time of dramatic climate and sea-level changes all around the world. From an up-to-date scientific perspective, Dunbavin distills an array of significant geological theories and then examines the archaeological and mythological record—which together leads to a lost land thousands of years ago in the Irish Sea that was still mentioned in ancient Welsh histories recorded in the sixth century. Atlantis of the West presents a remarkable congruence of evidence from multiple disciplines to link the fabled lost Atlantis with the vanished Neolithic civilization of the megalithic builders. Maps and illustrations are included.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786711451
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/4/2007
  • Edition description: First Carrol & Graf Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 329
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Lost Atlantis 1
2 In Search of a Legend 18
3 The Figure of the Earth 31
4 Target Earth 46
5 The Chandler Wobble 61
6 The Evidence of Sea Level Variations 77
7 The Changing Climate 97
8 Memories of the Flood 117
9 Parallel Trends in Ancient Cultures 140
10 The Calendar Confusion 162
11 The World of the Fourth Millennium B.C. 187
12 Beneath the Irish Sea 202
13 The Land of Youth 220
14 Sunken Cities - Lost Lands 238
15 In a Golden Age 261
16 Druids and Standing Stones 284
17 A Neolithic Empire 308
App. A The Neolithic Calendar 319
App. B A Postscript 323
Notes and References 329
Bibliography 351
Index 377
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