Happy Monday, everyone!
Grab a cuppa Joe, take a seat, and let’s talk history, mystery, and mayhem!
Last Friday I mentioned my new addiction: America Unearthed. Maybe you’ve seen it? Or maybe you’re wondering what the heck I slipped into my coffee this morning.
Basically this show is in the vein of Ancient Aliens and similar H2 shows which postulate different ways of thinking from the “mainstream.” In the case of America Unearthed, it’s pulling away from mainstream archaeology as host and forensic geologist Scott Wolter presents archaeological evidence found across America in a new light.
For instance, in the first episode, Wolter uncovers clues that point to the ancient Mayan people having settled in what is now rural Georgia in the USA when conventional wisdom states that they never made it past Mexico. In episode two, he uncovers what may be a grave in Arizona. The grave of an Englishman who died there in medieval times. And in episode three, he uncovers clues that point toward the harvest of copper ore in the Great Lakes region 5000 years ago. But not by the locals. By the civilization known as the Minoans.
Of course, this is all greatly contested by mainstream historians and archaeologists. Minoans harvest copper in the Americas to fuel the Bronze Age? Preposterous. Medieval Englishmen seeking their fortune in the New World centuries before Columbus? Insane. Mayans in North America? Crazy talk.
But here’s the thing: everyone thought the Hittites were something the writers of the Christian Bible made up since no other historical document mentioned them. And then, BAM! In the second half of the 19th century they finally uncovered evidence that the Hittites not only existed, but were once a powerful nation. Ditto the city of Troy which mainstream historians thought was a fairy tale until some enterprising archaeologist went and dug it up.
Yeah, I know. Very rude. 😉
So, my thought is this: we don’t really know what happened in the past. We can only interpret what we see to the best of our ability and maybe, just maybe, we’ve interpreted wrong.
The episode that particularly caught my attention was the one on the Minoans. Why? Because some historians believe that the ancient Minoan culture (founded on the Greek isle of Crete) might have been the basis for the legend of Atlantis.
You can learn more about that theory here on the PBS site. I found it fascinating.
But back to America Unearthed. According to Scott Wolter, the Minoans came to America for copper to fuel the bronze age. The evidence, such as it was, was extremely interesting and thought provoking. There certainly is an awful lot of copper missing from the Great Lakes area and there isn’t enough evidence of it being used in North America to explain that missing amount away. There are carvings on rocks in the area of what appear to be Minoan ships. And there are tablets carved with the Minoan language found years before archaeologist discovered the civilization.
Five thousand years ago did Minoans really hop in their boats and travel thousands of miles over open waters to dig up copper in America in order to fuel the Bronze Age? It’s possible, but I will leave that to you to decide for yourself. Instead, let’s take an adventure of the imagination…
Let’s imagine for a moment that, yes, the Minoans did travel to this continent. And imagine that the Minoan civilization and the Lost City of Atlantis really are one and the same. Then that means that there was once an Atlantean colony right here in North America.
Now that, my friends, is something to ponder. Really fires up the old imagination, doesn’t it?
Could it be that some of them survived the volcano that destroyed their city and returned to Europe with tales of adventure that? That from all this the myth of Atlantis was born?
What do you think?