A WILD theory that Atlantis City was destroyed by a flood 12,000 years ago is being peddled in a new Netflix doco, and it’s causing a stir.
The Ancient Apocalypse claims that the survivors of a little-known civilization migrated to the lands where they went to teach agriculture, architecture, and mathematics.
The absurdist doco is trending in the Top 10 in the US on Netflix and is already receiving a wave of criticism.
Archaeologists have criticized British presenter Graham Hancock for presenting a world of “alternative facts” that lean more towards entertainment than hard fact.
“Hancock came out very forcefully and aggressively against the archaeological community,” said Flint Dibble, an archaeologist at Cardiff University.
“I was shocked at how aggressively aggressive it was. One of the things I wonder is whether they’re actively trying to appeal to the post-truth, conspiracy crowd.”
An academic program on the show accused him of misrepresentation.
Hancock, who is not an archaeologist or a scientist, claims that Atlantis was destroyed by a tsunami caused by falling meteors.
He also uses each episode to criticize the “extremely defensive, arrogant and patronizing attitude” of mainstream academia for not supporting his absurd ideas.
“They insist that the only people who existed during the Ice Age were simple hunter-gatherers,” Hancock says in the opening episode.
“That automatically makes me enemy number 1.”
Dr Timothy Clark of Oxford University’s archeology department said Hancock’s claims were nothing short of “absurd”.
“To say that archaeologists will not consider new evidence is absurd,” he said.
“Our interpretations are bolstered and constrained by evidence. The series certainly doesn’t let evidence get in the way of a good story.”
Professor Flint Dibble added: ‘If you look closely, Hancock never provides any real evidence.
“Just a bunch of negative evidence: endless possibilities and hypotheses, untested claims, and many explanations for why the evidence isn’t there.”
According to him, Hancock’s meteor claim neatly explains the origin of the flood and the absence of a crater.
ITN Productions, which produced the show, fiercely defended it.
“Every fact presented in the series has been triple-checked with credible sources,” the spokesperson said.
“Graham’s speculation based on this evidence is just that – speculation.”
Hancock wrote a series of books on the subject that have been read by millions.
He presented Quest for a Lost Civilization on Channel 4 in 1998 and appeared on the BBC Horizon program about Atlantis the following year.
The fate of the ancient lost city has long been speculated about since it was first mentioned by Plato in the 4th century BC.
Vlogger Jimmy Bright has claimed that the ruins of a strange lost city have been found in Mauritania in northwest Africa.
In a YouTube clip, he compares aerial images of the famous circular Richat Structure in the desert to Greek philosopher Plato’s depictions of Atlantis.
Plato wrote about the fictional land more than 2,000 years ago – using the tale of the underwater kingdom that failed to defeat ancient Athens as a metaphor for the importance of the “just city-state”.
Despite the idea of an ancient underwater world—which defies everything we know about science, history, and our sense of interpretation—conspiracy theorists like Jimmy actually believe it exists.
The Richat Structure is a volcanic dome that has been hardened and gradually eroded to give it its distinctive circular appearance.
It is located in the southern part of the Sahara – the hottest desert in the world, where there is little or no rain every year.
In 2016, another theory suggested that Atlantis may have been destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini in 1500 BC.
The history of Atlantis can be traced back to ancient Athens and the 4th century BC, as mentioned in Plato’s dialogues.
The Greeks believed it was a large island in the Western Ocean near the Pillars of Hercules – their name for the Straits of Gibraltar.
They said that Atlantis sank when the sea rose after the earthquake.
It is reported that the disaster happened overnight.
The tale was certainly taken seriously in ancient Greece, so much so that Atlantis appears in two surviving works of the great Athenian philosopher Plato.
On the first island, called Timaeus, an Egyptian priest said that the island of Atlantis was huge—in fact, it was bigger than Asia Minor and North Africa combined.
He claims that around 10,000 BC the Atlantean people had an advanced civilization.
The Egyptian says that Atlantis ruled a huge empire that took over all the lands around the Mediterranean Sea.
In the second work, Critias, Atlantis is presented in rather poetic terms as the perfect state – the ideal political institution to which man can now only aspire.
In the Critias, Plato also explains that Atlantis was originally part of the kingdom of the sea god Poseidon.