|Lost Atlantean Civilization||11.01.11|
Minoan Civilization Traded with Native Americans, and May Have Been AtlantisGavin Menzies
On Coast-To-Coast recently, author and former submarine Captain in the British Navy, Gavin Menzies, presented his theory of Atlantis, the legendary civilization described by Plato more than 2000 years ago. Based on his research, he's concluded that it was the Minoans living on the islands of Crete and Thera (Santorini) that were the center of the Atlantean civilization, some 4500 years ago, and they traded with and visited such locations as India, Egypt, England, and even North America.
Evidence for this includes shipwrecks found off the coast of Turkey from 1600 BC, 1300 BC, and 1100 BC, which were carrying cargo from around the world such as elephant tusks from India, hippo teeth from Africa, amber from the Baltic, and copper from the Great Lakes region, he detailed. The native peoples living in the Great Lakes area at the time share certain genetic markers with the Minoans, that other ancient Americans do not, he noted. The Minoan civilization was highly sophisticated with ship building, metallurgy, and their own written language, but a volcanic eruption on Santorini and subsequent tsunami wiped out their advances, and their Atlantean empire, Menzies said. He also reviewed his research of the Chinese and how they sailed to America years before Columbus, and that Columbus actually used their map on his voyage.
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