Unearthing Atlantis: An Archaeological Odyssey

Unearthing Atlantis An Archaeological Odyssey In a synthesis of historical and literary archaeological and paleontological detective work Charles Pellegrino transfixes us with his exploration of the origins of Atlantis

  • Title: Unearthing Atlantis: An Archaeological Odyssey
  • Author: Charles Pellegrino Arthur C. Clarke
  • ISBN: 9780679734079
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a synthesis of historical and literary, archaeological and paleontological detective work, Charles Pellegrino transfixes us with his exploration of the origins of Atlantis.

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    1. I don't know what to think of Pellegrino. Some of his ideas are very interesting, and he is a vivid and entertaining thinker and writer. However, I have no yardstick to judge his science by. He never appears (to my knowledge) in any respected journals. So, although, he gives me a lot to think about, and he presents some plausible ideas, I'm not sure I would classify him as science. I'd love comments on his validity. Anyway, I enjoyed this book, as I say it gave me a lot to think about, and that [...]

    2. A paleontologist by profession, Mr. Pellegrino has what few historians, much less writers, possess: the keen sense of bringing long-gone eras back to vibrant life again (a gift he shares with the great David Attenborough as well as John Romer); the ability to make history alive & interesting.Ostensibly about the Theran explosion & the Minoan-Atlantean connection, it's so much more than that - it adroitly blends various scientific disciplines & fields to create an excellent & arti [...]

    3. I happen to love every Charles Pellegrino book I've read so far, and this was no exception. I read somewhere that he knew putting the word 'Atlantis' in the title would open him up to criticism, but if you actually read the book, it's a very well-argued theory that Atlantis was based upon what is modern day Santorini, backed up with plenty of research and first-hand experience at the site. Pellegrino also excels in drawing stories out of the dust of history, bringing a lost world to life.A book [...]

    4. All I can say is WOW!! I love reading Charles Pellegrino. I think I've read this about 7 times so far. All about the volcanic island Thera, what they've found, how it corresponds to Plato's description of Atlantis and the marvelous story that archaeology and geology tells.

    5. I adored this book. It's a very different way to look at history and storytelling. I have studied Thera, Akrotiri and the Atlantis myth for several years, and thought this book quite inspired.

    6. Thoroughly entertaining and very informative. Here is pretty much all of the current info. about the Minoans. Wow your friends (or bore them) with your knowledge! Plus, anything by Charles Pellegrino is been great.

    7. Unearthing Atlantis – This book talks about the theory that the lost city of Atlantis that people have been searching for since Plato described it in one of his stories is actually a reference to the Minoan civilization that dominated the Mediterranean before the Greeks. In his story, Plato describes a place that had a great deal of power and very advanced technology. Since Plato, and especially in more modern times, people have come with several ideas about where and what Atlantis might have [...]

    8. The Lost Continent of Atlantis is the stuff of legend, not only that, it has become a mythological place, like Mount Olympus or Avalon. Plato wrote about it in his works, scholars, archaeologist, oceanographers, treasure hunters, and common people have all searched for it for so long. There is compelling evidence that it was there at one point and this novel by Charles Pellegrino does an excellent job at convincing the reader that this place was not myth but real.The book reads much like an Indi [...]

    9. Having been to the Greek Island of Santorini (classically Thera), and having had the chance to walk around the volcano that did so much damage(and actually swim at its base, which was incredible) I'm very interested in reading this to see how the author links the tangible island of Thera with the supposedly mythical Atlantis. As I understand it, the inhabitants of Thera were all able to evacuate the island before the eruption occured, which blanketed the island in volcanic ash in a Pompei like m [...]

    10. I wasn't as thrilled with this book as with 'Ghosts of the Titanic'. It was still interesting, but I never really got into it. It's a scientific exploration of the theory that the lost island of Atlantis is modern day Thera (Greek Island in the Aegean Sea), which 'submerged' due to an immense eruption of the volcano on it, around c1640 b.c. It's as detailed as the current archaelogical excavations of the island allow it to be (allowing for the fact that the book was written in 1991), and it also [...]

    11. Based on the number of times I've read a book cover-to-cover, Unearthing Atlantis would pretty much have to be my favorite, or my desert-island book, or whatever. Pellegrino writes well about forces that shape our world and our Earth, how slowly they can progress, how suddenly and catastrophically they change. Ultimately the book is about locating ourselves as humans between these nanoseconds of massive upheaval and our own conceptions of historical, geological, and astronomical time. In other w [...]

    12. I LOVED this book. While it is most certainly not a quick read, it is fascinating and well worth the time. This is really more an archaeological exploration of a society than it is a lot of speculation on the idea of Atlantis. It delves, not only through ancient civilizations, but goes into religious ideals and even dips into prehistoric, climatological and big band theories. It makes for a thought provoking read, I would, however, take Pellegrino's theories with a grain of salt due to his lower [...]

    13. One of the more interesting books I've ever read (although there's a section in the middle about pottery that drags a bit). About a volcanic eruption that destroyed a small Greek island that, according to Pellegrino, seems to have been the inspiration for the Atlantis legend. The accounts of the eruption and others are fascinating, as are the stories of what happened as a result of this particular, Biblical-class disaster.

    14. With the publication of Unearthing Atlantis I feel as if the author has summerized half of the books on my shelves plus more I haven't read yet and don't need to now that I have this one.I consider Unearthing Atlantis a "must read" for all who have even the slightest interest in this ancient civilization.

    15. Currently the best book I have read about the Thera volcanic explosion with resulting Tsunamis in 1628 B.C.E. This book explains the basics of the volcanic eruption and the archeology of the excavation of the buried city on Thera.

    16. This is an amazingly in-depth and convincing look at Atlantis and it's possible origins. Charles Pellegrino makes a strong case for modern day Santorini being the site of Atlantis. This book started my interested in Minoan culture and the general Mediterranean culture of that time.

    17. This is one of the best hoaxes I've ever read. Goes up there with Michael Baigent''s Holy Blood and Holy Grail.

    18. I just saw a program about this subject. After much research they think the island Santorini is the former Atlantis. All the clues Plato listed for Atlantis seem to be on this island.

    19. Very interesting read. This focussed much more on the archaeology of Thera than the 'mythology of Atlantis'.

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