Later tonight, Ancient Aliens will explore the profound question of whether aliens invented tattoos. In the meantime, we might as well pile on Ashley Cowie some more since he published yet another crappy article this week trying to spin mystery out of discovery in the belief that ancient history needs to be sexed up with fakery and myths to attract the attention of the public. Today’s subject is Atlantis, which Cowie understands at about the Wikipedia level of research, citing as sources Atlantipedia and an article in National Geographic. It makes me wonder why I bother researching primary sources when, apparently, one can get paid to surf the web and summarize the results like a high school book report.
The long and short of it is that some Minoan artifacts were recently discovered on the islet of Chryssi, off Crete, and Cowie decided to label them “Atlantean treasure” to make them seem sexier.
By now many of you will be tapping your fingers briskly, thinking to yourselves “so where are the artifacts from the lost continent of Atlantis?” […] [A]ccording to Atlantipedia, many archaeologists support The Minoan Hypothesis, including K.T. Frost, a professor of history at Queen's University in Belfast; archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos, and seismologist A.G. Galanopoulos. Essentially, this theory points towards the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea as the inspiration for Atlantis…
At the end of the article he states that Minoan treasures are “maybe” Atlantean, though he makes no effort to support the claim beyond recycling the Minoan hypothesis, which is the actual subject of his article. As with so many of his pieces, there is a brief news peg followed by a lengthy rewrite of information easily obtained from a Google search, and then a mealy-mouthed conclusion that uses weasel words to avoid actually saying anything of substance, letting rhetorical questions and “maybe” stand in place of argument and analysis.
In other words, it’s a waste of space designed for click bait.
But it’s interesting to see how Cowie’s slipshod language elides an enormous amount of information necessary to understand what he is saying. I wonder how much is purposeful obfuscation and how much is simple ignorance. He writes, for example, of K. T. Frost in the present tense as an archaeologist who currently “supports” the Minoan hypothesis. Not only is Frost long dead, but he actually invented the Minoan hypothesis in 1909, codifying it in an influential journal article from 1913. In it, he stated that “the Minoan Empire, the sack of Cnossus, and the exploits of the Mycenean sea-raiders furnish the underlying historical facts which can be recognised in the legend” of Atlantis. The Thera volcano claim, which Cowie is happy to (wrongly) merge into the Minoan hypothesis on the mistaken belief that the volcano ended Minoan civilization (though the Minoans went on for two centuries afterward) was not originally part of Frost’s argument. It was first proposed by Louis Figuier in 1872 after he witnessed the 1866 eruption of the same volcano and came to believe that the sinking of Atlantis could have happened the same way: “We believe that this event, which would have left such a deep impression, and which would have been transmitted from age to age, was a volcanic eruption that suddenly engulfed an island in the Greek archipelago beneath the waters” (my trans.).
Now, granted, old claims are not necessarily wrong claims, but in this case, more than a century of searching for evidence to support them has turned up nothing.
I am amused to see Cowie play-acting like these claims are exciting recent developments, but his lack of historical understanding of the themes he discusses is misleading. His efforts to sex up real archaeology with recycled century-old speculation, however, are less amusing, and quite misleading.
11/8/2019 09:45:31 am
I am amazed that none of these fools have taken the myth of Icarus using wax wings to escape King Minos as some sort of alien flying technology.
Atlantis was in Ancient Israel
11/8/2019 12:38:35 pm
Ryan Pitterson, Judgment of the Nephilim (2018)
11/8/2019 01:49:15 pm
To all who comment here please reply. Bezalel will be grateful
11/8/2019 01:53:07 pm
Answer to Bezalel
11/8/2019 03:00:18 pm
You come across like an author of UFO books
11/8/2019 09:47:36 pm
Jr. Time Lord
11/8/2019 02:50:42 pm
I won't argue for the astrology interpretation of the Atlantis story. I would like to thank T. Franke, and Carl Feagans for unintentionally helping me understand the geometrical interpretation. 345 is what made it all click. Thank you gentlemen!
11/8/2019 03:59:46 pm
I think you might have misinterpreted what that clicking sound in your head meant.
Jr. Time Lord
11/8/2019 04:37:53 pm
11/8/2019 04:49:28 pm
number crunching means whatever you want it to mean, sheer Rorschach
No one cares
11/8/2019 04:58:49 pm
And what is the significance of 345? Carl Feagans refers to an account of Atlantis being an elliptical island 345 by 230 miles. Leaving aside that the Greeks didn't use modern miles, no one could be that stupid, could you?
11/8/2019 06:08:20 pm
Could have been miles made from megalithic yards as well
11/8/2019 10:07:27 pm
Stick it, Storch.
11/8/2019 07:41:13 pm
Atlantipedia... National Geographic... don’t forget that 1977 episode of In Search Of he probably caught. You can bet the one source he didn’t use was Plato; you know, the actual source of the story to begin with. I wonder if Cowie knows Plato tells his readers that the story he’s relating is fiction? What am I thinking! Of course he doesn’t.
LYSIMACHUS OF THRACE
11/8/2019 10:04:03 pm
I quite agree.
11/9/2019 07:17:31 am
Now you've set off the T. Franke alarm: "Historiographers should avoid being narrowminded and taking Plato at his word when he says it's just a story and employ historico-critical thinking."
11/9/2019 10:30:39 am
Where does Plato say this? Could you please give the exact passage number and wording? Which translation do you use?
11/9/2019 04:11:58 pm
He said it on the Internet. No one here works for you.
Very correct. This article is only sexing up things. There is no contribution of new arguments at all. Even the old arguments are not presented correctly. Who is this guy? I never heard of him ...... OMG, the Wikipedia article is very telling. Seriousness is not his business.
Jr. Time Lord
11/15/2019 05:32:06 am
"Who is this guy?"
11/17/2019 05:03:55 pm
The English system doesn't "appear to be ancient". When you factor in that the Greeks didn't use English statute miles, "345" goes out the window. Stealing from someone who's no longer here, but...
11/27/2019 11:18:34 am
Franke, you stated this? "Seriousness is not his business."
1/18/2020 02:49:35 pm
I would like to add my 2 cents into the discussion, since I found Atlantis and would like to share its location. I discuss it in an addendum to my web site on research showing that indeed, California as an island maps are authentic. So go to the site at californiaasanisland.org and scroll to the end, to the section on Atlantis.
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