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Was Cyprus Atlantis?

November 14, 2004

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The story of Atlantis, the island that was engulfed in tidal waves the sunk it and its inhabitants in mere hours, has long thought to be fable or at the very least unproven story. Scientist Robert Sarmast hopes to change that.

Sarmast, an archaeologist who has written a book on Atlantis, claims to have found underwater structures off the coast of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus that appear to be man-made. Further, Sarmast claims, these structures exactly match the descriptions of Atlantis given by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. Particularly interesting to Sarmast and his crew, some of whom helped find the Titanic, is a "walled hillside" located a full mile beneath the water, 50 miles off the southeast coast of Cyprus. According to Sarmast and his crew, sonar scans of the area reveal walls, trenches, and even canals.

Those scans have been translated into intensely detailed computer imaging data, which will be analyzed by scientists the world over. Sarmast plans a second expedition intended to clear away silt and sediment that has accumulated over thousands of years. The goal of that expedition is to produce physical proof that the underwater structures were man-made.

Sarmast's theory, that Cyprus was Atlantis, is the latest attention-getter in a long list of theories as to the whereabouts of the fabled island civilization. Some historians have placed Atlantis in the Atlantic Ocean. Some say that it was in the Mediterranean. Some have it being in the South China Sea, or in Bolivia. Other far-out explanations have Atlantis being on another planet entirely.

Some historians think that the story of the destruction of Atlantis was just an allegory, a lesson-story designed to teach the Greeks a lesson in hubris, or pride. Plato often did such things in his writings.

Whatever the outcome of Sarmast's research, it is likely that the debate over Atlantis's location will continue.

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