Sunday, May 8, 2011
Tartessos, the Current "Atlantis" in Spain Project
Here are some of the recent computer-generated survey images of the lost city of Tartessos in Spain, currently back in the news as the "real Atlantis." They look very encouraging but it must be repeated these are only simulations, and the Atlantis theorists have produced dozens if not hundreds of similar charts for "Their" pet-theory Atlantises the whole world over.
This is actually not a new theory since it is the theory favoured by L. Sprague DeCamp in his definitive book Lost Continents. However, up until quite recently, all the experts could do was to say that there used to be a city there and they had next to no artefacts from the site. It became possible for some Phoenician chauvenists to say that it wactually only a Phoenician colony, in the absence of better evidence (this is quite wrong but you will see it being reported endlessly. Actually, Tartessos was at the heart of Megalithic culture and the Atlantic Bronze age, a cultural sphere of influence entirely separate from Phoenicia and in operation before the Phoenicians ever got that far)
Hover, essentially there is still only conjecture on the matter rather than any good direct evidence. And the reports that it actually IS Atlantis would seem to be premature (several authorities on Atlantis are quite willing to say it is a colony and a replication of an earlier Atlantis now submerged in the ocean)
That Tartessos had such a city plan is entirely possible. But it is not the first or the last of such similar structures. There are other examples that are older and they could all be copies of one original greater source. One of these circle-cities has been suggested to be at the floor of the Atlantic South of the Azores and I have put that example on an earlier blog. The pattern of making settlements with multiple walls and moats goes back to the very beginning of city planning: the Roman name for city, "Urbs" even comes from the same root as "Orb", that is, Formed in a Circle.
The pattern of concentric circles is common in all Megalithic cultures the whole world over. Oftentimes it is said to represent an Omphalos or The Navel of the World. The design starts showing up in Rock art at the end of the Ice age and settlements in this pattern are almost that old. One of the first and oldest examples we have of artificial concentric-circle structures is actually Stonehenge, over 8000 years ago as measured by Carbon-14 dating.. That too has been posted here in earlier blog entries.
And the Atlantis-in-Spain articles often add this "reconstruction" of the "City of Atlantis" which is also quite fanciful. The Classical Architecture is quite out of place. All the evidence we have favours the Atlantic cultural complex as using Megalithic, large-stone building. It is somewhat traditional to think of Plato's Atlantis as looking like the Athens he was familiar with, but Plato himself distinctly denied such an idea. He called the buildings "Outlandish" and "Barbaric"
Best Wishes, Dale D.