Unearthing Atlantis: An Archaeological Odyssey

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In a synthesis of historical and literary, archaeological and paleontological detective work, Charles Pellegrino transfixes us with his exploration of the origins of Atlantis.
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In a synthesis of historical and literary, archaeological and paleontological detective work, Charles Pellegrino transfixes us with his exploration of the origins of Atlantis.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pellegrino argues that the legend of Atlantis describes a Minoan civilization destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the 17th century B.C. Illustrations. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Pellegrino, a popular science author, takes the reader on a fascinating journey to Thera, the flooded volcanic crater of a once lush island lying between Athens and Crete in the Mediterranean. Current archaeological findings are discussed in light of possible historical connections to the famed lost civilization of Atlantis. In addition to works by the excavators of the site, Spyridon Marinatos ( Some Words About the Legend of Atlantis , 2d ed., Athens, 1971) and Christos Doumas ( Thera: Pompeii of the Ancient Aegean, LJ 8/83), Unearthing Atlantis is a welcome introduction to Thera and the legendary ancient Aegean civilizations.-- Paula I. Nielson, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
School Library Journal
YA-- The legend of Atlantis has fired imaginations for thousands of years. The story was already old when Plato told his ``tale which, though strange, is certainly true.'' Now readers have the good fortune to experience a thoroughly convincing solution to the ancient riddle. Pellegrino is a gifted storyteller who conveys the sense of wonder this tale demands, for the facts are as compelling as any fantasy. As it turns out, Plato was surprisingly accurate; but to say more might give away the mystery, for Pelle: grino writes an outstanding detective thriller. He is equally at home in a number of disciplines, including geology, space science, archaeology, vulcanology, history, mythology, and Biblical exegesis, and all these perspectives are used to lead readers on a dazzling odyssey through time and thought as the clues are revealed.-- Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Booknews
Not New Age drivel, though sales to believers will not be discouraged, we suspect. Pellegrino argues that the Greek island Thera and the Minoans gave rise to the Atlantis myth. A respectable account of the current archaeological dig. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679734079
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/2/1993
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 10
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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