Lost Worlds: Atlantis
Tue March 20th at 7:00pm
In this episode of ‘Lost Worlds’, a team of field investigators attempt to piece together the mystery of the lost city of Atlantis. Using the latest research, expert analysis and cutting edge graphic technology, they endeavour to rebuild the ruins of an ancient civilisation.
In around 1500 B.C, a thunderous volcanic eruption shook the Mediterranean island of Santorini, burying its striking scenery beneath many thick layers of pozzuolona, and extinguishing all traces of human activity from the landscape.
The devastating force of the explosion meant that human life would not be witnessed on Santorini again until the end of the thirteenth century B.C. This cataclysmic event, which was the biggest volcanic eruption in three and a half thousand years of recorded history, left behind a large caldera on the southernmost member of the Cyclades, which was surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of feet deep.
In this programme, we examine the idea that the effects of the explosion led to the collapse of Minoan civilisation on the island of Crete, which is located 110 kilometres south of Santorini. This idea is supported by the discovery, in the early twentieth century, of the remains of a spectacular Cretan Palace. The awe-inspiring ruins were preserved beneath thousands of tonnes of volcanic ash.
As our investigators uncover astounding architectural similarities between the palace on Crete and a town on Santorini, they begin to speculate that their findings have led them to the lost civilisation of Atlantis. The unique engineering of these buildings, and the presence of countless physical clues lifted from the ash, lends further credence to this theory.
In the course this instalment of ‘Lost Worlds’, we rebuild incredible towns and temples. We also reconstruct the Palace of Atlantis, an amazing edifice which was described by Plato and uncovered by twenty-first century archaeologists. The men who built this palace achieved a level of engineering excellence that would not be seen anywhere else in the world for centuries. The building’s massive scale, complex water management systems and sparkling gypsum walls, clearly evoke Plato’s descriptions of the ‘Lost World of Atlantis.’