by Karl Juergen Hepke *
Platon gives in his report about "Atlantis" two unambiguous
geographic details for the location. At first: Atlantis was situated behind the
pillars of Herakles (hyper ten heraklei nyssai). The greek word
"hyper" can mean as well: "on the other side of",as "above",as
"behind" and several other, which is here not interesting or
If you take it in the sense of "behind" or "above" and look at it in the view of the seafaring at that time -which was the only possibility to get from
The second unambiguous information in the report is,
that the country that follows from Atlantis to the South, was the country of
Gadeiros. There is no doubt at all, that Gadeiros is the later Gades, nowadays
That is no new fact and there were and are several Atlantis-researchers seeing Atlantis for this reason in Andalusia, which is called in Arabian "andaluz". A name which is linguistic not far away from the Egyptian "Atlantis".
But until now all these arguments are not accepted as sufficient.
Therefore the German Atlantis-researcher Adolf Schulten felt obliged to dig in the manner of Schliemann at several places in the delta of the
Finding the probably right place was reserved to the
local archaeology of the little town named "El Puerto de
Since 1978 there was digging up on the hill of "Dama Blanca" which is positioned nearly 10 Km from the sea in front of a mountain.
From this mountain you can see clearly both named towns, the surrounding plain, the sea and the river Guadalete which is flowing into it. It is obvious that this was, strategically seen, a very convenient place for the foundation of a town. You must ask yourself, why Schulten had not seen the overwhelming fitness of this position.
Due to the results of the digging up until now, probably here was found the tell of the famous town "Tartessos" from the time between 1000 and 300 B.C., which was destroyed finally by the Romans.
It seems to be possible , that you can find under, or in the neighbourhood of it, the rests of the town of "Tharsis" from the time of 1600 until 1250 B.C., which was the ancestor of Tartessos and described by Platon under the name of "Atlantis". It was destroyed by a natural desaster.
Until 1998 there were found six layers (stratum) of
settlement with clear pointing out to trade relations to the Greek
The "Empire of Tartessos" and the preceding "Empire of Atlantis" of the Bronze Age comprised to todays stand of knowledge also other old towns in
Other features of the Platon description as two harvests a year, damp wind of the Atlantic, rests of elephants, bull- and horse breeding , megalithic tombs, the incident of earthquakes, ideal living conditions for a great number of people, growing of all imaginable sort of plants and trees are also fulfilled nowadays in Andalusia.
If you look at the "islands positioned behind" of France, England, Ireland and the "opposite situated continent" of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, which extends as far as Russia, is this country truely bigger than "Lybia and Asia put together" as Platon tells.
The mystery of Platonīs "Atlantis" seems therefore solved.
But this is only effective for the "Atlantis" of the Bronze Age, described by Platon. Besides that, there is the "Atlantis" which occurs in the myths of many nations of the world under different names and sunk in a terrible catastrophe which carried off a large part of mankind.
This catastrophe is known in the Christian world under
the name of "The Flood". Following the knowledge of recent science,
and there is nearly no discussion between all Atlantis researchers, it happened
nearly 9500 B.C., that is 9000 years before the visit of Solon in
And with that begins the muddle and for a lot of
people the chaos, that makes the report of Platon incredible. Because 9500 B.C.
there was no Bronze Age on earth. There were no settlements in
For the solution of this puzzle there is only one
possibility. The 9000 years, which told the Egyptian priest to the
"ignorant Greeks", were moon-years and not sun-years. In old times it
was usual in
This calculation to "moons" was usual in all old cultures, as in Mesopotamia and also in the
old calendar of the Celts.(D) The 9000 moon
years must therefore be shared by 12,34, for the moon goes round the earth
12,34 times in a sun-year. Than you get 729 years. Added up to the time of 500
B.C., when Solon was in
natural disaster of 1250 B.C. caused a nearly 600 years lasting worsening of the climate , which was the
cause of the "migration of the
sea-people" as the Egyptians called it.
The consequence of this migration was, that the whole
But what happened to the mythical "Atlantis" of the Mayas and other nations before 11500 sun-years at 9500 B.C. The "Atlantis" of the Flood and where was positioned this "Atlantis" of many researchers.
It is truely proved and nearly undeniable, that the catastrophe of the Flood happened on the whole earth, for it is known in the myths of all old nations.
As cause of the Flood you can therefore eliminate
local events like catastrophic explosions of volcanos. What is only possible is
a cosmic event like the impact of a big asteroid or comet on earth. Because
nobody has found a big crater of this time on dry ground the impact must have happened
in the sea. The supposed impact craters are two gigantic holes in the sea
ground south of the
This at least because
The gigantic wave arrived also in
On protect situated mountains men and animals were spared out by the water and survived in climatic convenient situated areas also in catastrophic thunderstorms and cold spells, which followed the catastrophe and went on for nearly 1000 years. In the weather statistic of earth this time is known as Dryas or Time of Tundras.
Following the today predominantly accepted theory, the
enormous impact of the asteroid caused some rolling of the earth spin with
following postponement of the poles of 3200 Km to the pole position of today.
The prior position of the North Pole was probably the southern point of
Greenland, where is positioned today only the magnetic North Pole. This could
mean that earthīs axis was vertical to the earthīs orbit round the sun before
this postponement of the poles. This position is physically seen the normal
position and more stable than todays
inclination of 23 degrees.(D)
This would mean, that before the postponement of the poles, there were no seasons on earth. Because of that, the climate was much more quiet and consistent. The surface of the water on earth and especially in the
That means, the earth was in that time really the paradise which exists in the myths of many nations. In many regions of the world there was a big lowland like "Atlantis" in front of the continents and islands. These lowlands sunk in the rising of the water surface of nearly 180 m after the catastrophe. So it is explained, that in nearly all regions of the world there are Atlantis-legends and discoveries of sunken great cultures.
Also the before told calendar to "moons" of the old nations would find with this its natural explanation and make clear why, for example, the old Celts had a calendar period of five years (D) and not of one. Also explained is the amazing meaning of the observation of sun, moon and stars, the changing of the length of night and day and their effect on the nature by men living about 5000 B.C.
All this was new for them and they tried to explain these difficult occurrences and put it in an order. We, men of today, are adapted to this situation and we have developed furnishings which enable us to live sufficient comfortable under these conditions.
Men living at 5000 B.C. began with that development and probably still hoped, that the conditions of their lost paradise came back. This hope is no more existent in todays mankind and we are trying to create our little paradise of ourselves.
* Karl Juergen Hepke is graduate engineer and since 1980 working at the research of early history . He is author of books and editor of the Internet-sites www.TOLOS.de and www.ATLIS.de
Read to this in English: The History of Atlantis, the forgotten Origin of our Culture By Karl Juergen Hepke
Or as a book in German language:
GESCHICHTE VON ATLANTIS, der vergessene Ursprung unserer Kultur
by Karl Juergen Hepke
TRIGA-DER VERLAG, D 63584 Gruendau-Rothenbergen, Germany, 2nd Edition, Hardcover, 268 Pages, EUR 22,00, ISBN 978-3-89774-539-1 ,