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EGERTON SYKES

World-Renowned Atlantologist

1894-1983





Egerton Sykes was not only the
 creator of the largest private
collection on Atlantis in the world,
he was a mythologist, amateur
archaeologist, writer and editor,
who prided himself on knowing
every scientist around the world
in the field of Atlantology from

1912 to 1950.


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                               Sykes’ 1966 Lecture To The Explorer's Club In New York






On November 22, 1966, The Explorer's Club of New York let one of their first Atlantologists, Egerton Sykes, through the front door, to lecture on “The Antediluvian World”. It was old hat to Sykes that the continent of Atlantis wasonce situated in the Atlantic Ocean between the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean, and it stretched from the Azores to Ascension Island with the Mid-Atlantic Ridge — its highest peaks reaching 6000-feet above sea level — forming the mountainous backbone of the continent; however, most of the Club’s members were uninformed on the subject of Atlantis. Nonetheless, the courageous Sykes managed to explain what occurred, when it happened, cultural traces left behind, and what could be done nowadays to pick up the lost trails.

Sykes claimed that within a few years of Atlantis sinking, shiploads of hardy adventurers were breasting the Atlantic waves to search for remnants of the lost continent. These journeys began a continuous stream of traffic to the Americas, which lasted until the days of Columbus.

He proudly boasted that Atlantology rode both the horses of Diffusion and Atlantis — two facets of the same historical coin — and set out to prove that there have been Old World cultural manifestations by Egyptians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Etruscans, Minoans, the Vikings, and the Irish — to name a few — on the east coast of the Americas since 10,000 BC. On the western coasts, documented traces of the Chinese, Ainu, and Jomon from Japan, dated nearly as far back.

The process of diffusion left behind a whole series of river and place names, stories of adventures, and occasional artifacts.



Noticing some raised eyebrows in the audience, Sykes acknowledged that there were probably a few disbelievers present, after all, heated arguments have raged over the centuries over whether Atlantis ever really existed or not. Indeed, in France, bitter quarrels once caused the government to forbid a conference of Atlantologists, claiming it threatened the calm of the inhabitants of Paris and the safety of the buildings in which the meetings would take place.

Not intimidated in the least, Sykes nonchalantly informed his skeptical hosts, “Atlantis is a part of our history whether we like it or not.”

Sykes hypothesized that Atlantis was a place where humankind made impressive advancements in the development of civilization. The Atlanteans, a red race, were one of up to five races to appear, possibly simultaneously, in different regions of the Earth. The Atlanteans knew sufficient astronomy to have an accurate calendar; had knowledge of architecture; and worshipped Poseidon, the Sun, and the Moon. They were Rhesus negative; mummified their dead; and practiced artificial cranial deformation to produce slightly egg shaped heads with sloping foreheads. There were thousands of artificially deformed skulls in museums all over the world, and there had been some magnificent ones in the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons before it was bombed during World War II.
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Sykes debated with his peers about the cause of the catastrophe that submerged Atlantis in 10,000 BC, and entertained theories ofa meteor strike or some other stellar intruder, possibly associated with a magnetic pole reversal. The Lunar Capture Theory, as described by Hans Hoerbiger, was presently the most popular and controversial theory, as the Moon had always been regarded as a naturally born child of the Earth; not a separate, captured planet.

In 1913, Hans Hoerbiger, an Austrian engineer and amateur astronomer, with the support of Philip Fauth, the eminent astronomer, postulated that our present moon had been captured by the Earth in 10,000 BC. The event caused vast tidal waves as waters congregated around the tropical and equatorial belts; the North Pole shifted from somewhere near Petermanns Peak in Greenland to its present position; and tectonic strains caused enormous earthquakes and volcanic activity. The rain of debris, which accompanied the final dissolution of the Moon, marked the end of a geological era by crushing all that had preceded it. Atlantis plunged two to three miles underwater.

Sykes and his fellow Atlantologists researched meteorite craters all over the globe as possible proof of a cosmic bombardment, including the Carolinas, Arizona, east coast USA, the Caribbean, Arabia, Australia, Labrador, the Vredefort Ring in South Africa, and the Sahara of southern Lybia.

A persistent legend in Argentina told of a giant chunk of iron that fell from the sky in a spectacular fireball. In 1965, an American research team and an Argentinean geologist concluded that the original meteorite partly buried in the sandy soil of Campo del Cielo, the Field of the Sky, was part of a moon that fell to Earth.

The Bushmen, the oldest inhabitants of South Africa, pay special reverence to meteorite pieces as their oral legends teach that the Moon is responsible for everything that has taken place — good or bad — and tell of a tremendous disaster on Earth in which the Moon played a significant part.
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Plato’s dialogue of Critias supported the Hoerbiger Theory when the Egyptian priest said, “Often and in many ways has mankind suffered destruction, and will again be destroyed, mainly through fire and water... This sounds like a myth, but the true kernel of it is the altered courses of the bodies moving around the Earth...”



Sykes in 1978


The Club members gradually opened their minds as the passionate Englishman brilliantly intertwined mythology and science.

Major terrestrial changes accompanied the catastrophe of 10,000 BC: the end of the Ice Age; the formation of the Sargasso Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Great Rift of Africa; the desiccation of the Sahara; and the quick freezing of mammoths in northeastern Siberia — so quick that the beasts’ cells were preserved intact, and the creatures’ mouths and stomachs contained green grass and fresh dandelions.Carbon-14 dating used on the famous Taimyr mammoth found in 1948, showed that the animal lived 12,000 years ago.

As the last fragmented islands of Atlantis descended to the depths, the final wave of migrants fled to Central and South America, France, Spain, Portugal, the Pyrenees mountains, and Egypt. It took humanity many thousands of years to recover from the shock. The survivors had witnessed astonishing cosmic and terrestrial phenomenon, and recorded their honest accounts in the world’s religious and classical literature, history, mythology, legend, folklore, and customs. Archaeology provided more tangible evidence in the ruins of cities and temples, ancient calendars, petroglyphs, and artifacts.

Sykes sketched a hazy outline of cultural connections between ancient peoples, and remarked that he desperately wanted the mysteries of the Egyptians and Maya solved in his lifetime. Sykes hoped that someday, the complex biology ofblood groups, in combination with linguistic studies,would allow us to trace the migration path of any given group of people.
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Well-versed in mythology, Sykes reminded the Club members that the six-hundred Deluge stories of different races around the world, among peoples who knew the sea well and among those who lived far inland, are not simply coincidental. The Flood was a universal event. Stories of the Deluge are to be found in the Sagas; the Eddas (records of Nordic history that may have the only account of the beginning of an ice age known to mankind); the Puranas; Greek myths; the Book of Genesis; and in the memories of the Algonquins, Aztecs, Incas, Mayas, Toltecs, Babylonians, Hebrews, Egyptians, and Chinese. In Peru, there were strange tales of the Moon’s capture by a fiery dragon in the days before the great flood. Many of the creation legends of Latin America start with the first men digging themselves out of caves to the surface after a major catastrophe that preceded the Deluge.

Sykes thought it interesting that in all early religions, men were the children of the representatives of the gods of the Earth, and not the objects of their creation. Sykes viewed the Bible as the best history book available between 2000 BC and AD 100, and liked to clarify that religious history is as full of inaccuracies as any other form. The story of Noah in the Old Testament was an eyewitness account of the Deluge, and the Garden of Eden was a memory of the dispute between the Serpent Worshippers and the High Priest.

“Serpent worship appears to be the oldest religious activity in the world”, Sykes speculated, and went on to state his belief that it started somewhere near what is now the Gobi Desert. The Snake Priestesses were the healers of antiquity, and these famous women oracles of the past included Medea, Medusa, and the Delphic Oracle. The art of the Maya in Yucatan shows that the feathered serpent was important in religion. Some Indian tribes in America had a tradition of a Snake Island in the Atlantic Ocean. There are three serpent mounds in Ohio. A tradition existed throughout the Near East, of an all powerful and wise serpent clan of rulers dating back to remote times, who were in some way connected with catastrophe stories of a cosmic nature. Sykes assumed that they were a pre-Deluge race of humans having the serpent as their totem.
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Sykes chuckled as he recalled the time in 1947, when he was denied a visa by the Turkish government to head an expedition to look for Noah’s ark on Mount Ararat. Sykes had wanted to date the wood of the ship, and thus, prove the time of the Deluge.

“There are a scant 149 classical references to Atlantis which have survived to the present day. Unfortunately, there have been extensive losses of ancient literature in both the New and Old World”, Sykes lectured. “No doubt the burning of the Library at Alexandria in AD 641 and the destruction of the Maya codices by Bishop Landa, deprived us of keys to the past. Still, the truth may lay in the hundreds of tons of unsorted and untranslated documents lying in the cellars of religious, educational, and secular buildings throughout Europe, the Near East, and Russian Central Asia...”

Sykes’ finishing stroke referred to the fascinating branch of the science of Atlantology which studied other mythical lost civilizations, including the Lemurian culture. Those sculptures with enormous ears twice as long as normal and reaching down to the chin were those of the Lemurian culture, a generic term for the half dozen cultures existing at various early times in the Pacific Ocean island groups. “There is no satisfactory means of dating rude stone monuments, and the lack of written material means that we have only a vague idea as to the nature of the Pacific civilizations,” he stated confidently. “We have the numerous megalithic structures in the Caroline Islands; Angkor Vat, the mysterious city of French Indo-China with its monstrous snake images; the Venice of the Pacific on Ponape; Malden Island’s forty stone temples joined by paved highways, some of which vanish into the sea; and Thor Heyerdahl’s captivating tales of Easter Island — but they are only a speck of the story...”

The Explorers Club members listened to what Sykes had to say with great patience and asked many valuable questions afterwards.At the end of the evening, Sykes was presented with aninscribed vellum scroll as a gesture of thanks. In return, Sykes left the crowd with some parting words to ponder, “When I was a boy it was stated by practically everybody that the atom was indivisible, and only a few daring heretics dared to suggest otherwise.”

As an appendix to Sykes’ lecture, Dr. Manson Valentine, a Yale Professor of Zoology, and a daring archaeologist, gave an account of some of his most recent discoveries in the Caribbean Islands — finds possibly related to Atlantis.
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On his application for membership to The Explorers Club of New York, Sykes wrote,

"Atlantis apart, I still am an authority on the political background of Eastern Europe, the Near East, and the Mediterranean, all of which I know extremely well, having covered the area as a soldier in two world wars as a foreign correspondent and as a diplomat. To recapitulate: My ideas may not be agreed with by everybody, but I adhere strictly to logical and scientific principles in my work on them.”

Dr. William R. Nethercut, Professor of Greek and Latin at Columbia University in New York, wrote a supportive seconding-letter in August 1967 to The Explorers Club Committee on Admissions. Nethercut wrote,

"Atlantis is a controversial issue, and there may be some reluctance to accept Mr. Sykes’ petition for membership on the very grounds that his name is linked with the problem. Those members of the Committee who attended his talk on Atlantis will have formed their own judgments about the value of what was said. I shall point out, in any case, that the candidate’s edition of Donnelly’s work (Ignatius Donnelly, a Minnesota congressman and known as the founder of the modern science of Atlantology, published Atlantis: The Antediluvian World in 1882 to rave reviews) represents a service... Sykes also published an up-to-date list of all books and articles pertaining to Atlantis through the years, and has collected all the classical references to the problem. This bibliographical work is objective and fills a need. His time has not been wasted on it."

Sykes was accepted as a member of The Explorers Club in April 1968, and in 1977, he became the Chairman of the British Chapter of the Explorers Club of New York.
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The Egerton Sykes Collection (at the A.R.E. Library at Virginia Beach, Va.)





Egerton Sykes' personal library -- the result of sixty years of collecting -- travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in Virginia Beach, where it resides today in the third study carrel of the A.R.E. Library as The Egerton Sykes Collection.

Guaranteed to intrigue, the Egerton Sykes Collection, which includes over 6000 books (volumes in fifteen different languages on a dazzling variety of topics), magazines, pamphlets, slides, tapes, personal letters, unpublished manuscripts, fascinating photographs, newspaper clippings, and Sykes personal card index, is an enchanting treasure and most definitely worth a visit.

The Collection has never been appraised by a rare book dealer and could not be duplicated at any price.



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                                               Egerton Sykes Bibliography
 



Some Essays
(Atlantis and New World Antiquity issues are available here).




Antinea—Search For A Love Queen Atlantis (AT #140) 1972 October Vol. 25 No. 5/6

Astrology

Atlantis Key To The Past

Bimini

Atlantis (AT #150) 1974 July/August Vol. 27 No. 4

Carnac And The Megalith Builders

Classical References To Atlantis

Atlantis Research Center Classical References To Atlantis Compiled By Egerton Sykes. Rome. February 1947.

Diffusion from The Eastern Mediterranean

New World Antiquity (NWA #127) 1968 March/April Vol. 15 No. 3/4

East and West Series

El Dorado

New World Antiquity (NWA #168) 1974 November/December Vol. 21 No. 11/12

European Literature On Atlantis 1914-1950

Glaston And The Holy Grail

Hoerbiger And The March Of Science

Atlantis (AT #160) 1976 Summer Vol. 29 No. 3
 
Jerusalem And Baalbek

New World Antiquity (NWA #139) 1970 January/February Vol. 17 No. 1/2
 
Lemuria Reconsidered

Atlantis (At #114) 1968 January/February Vol. 21 No. 1

Life On Other Planets

Atlantis (AT #84) 1962 December Vol. 15 No. 5/6
 
Meteor Strikes And The Hoerbiger Theory

Atlantis (AT #133) 1971 April/July Vol. 24 No. 3/4
 
Negative Matter (2 articles)

Atlantis (AT #26) 1952 July Vol. 5 No. 2

Atlantis (AT #27) 1952 September Vol. 5 No. 3
 
Nicolas Of Lynn Atlantis (AT #122) 1969 May/June Vol. 22 No. 3
 
Noah’s Ark And The Deluge

Atlantis (AT #6) 1949 March Vol. 1 No. 6
 
Parapsychology (2nd Edition)

Ragnarok

Atlantis (AT #124) 1969 September/October Vol. 22 No. 5

The Azores And Early Explorers Of The Atlantic (2nd Edition)

Atlantis (AT #75) 1960 October Vol. 13 No. 6
 
The Bermuda Triangle

The Clockwise Diffusionists (2nd Edition)

Atlantis (AT #152)1975 January Vol. 28 No. 2

The Extra Terrestrials (2nd Edition)
 
The Garden Of Eden

The Keely Mystery

Atlantis (AT #141) 1973 January Vol. 26 No. 1
 
The Pyramids Of Egypt (2nd Edition)
 
The Schliemann Mystery

Atlantis (AT #23) 1952 January Vol. 4 No. 5




 
Books



Atlantis: The Antediluvian World by Ignatius Donnelly
Revised by Egerton Sykes in 1949 and 1970.
 
Everyman’s Dictionary Of Non-Classical Mythology
by Egerton Sykes
First published 1952. Revised 1961, 1962, 1965.
 
Who’s Who in Non-Classical Mythology
by Egerton Sykes and Alan Kendall
Published in 2003.
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Atlantology, the study of Atlantis, draws evidence from innumerable and diverse scholarly fields, including: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, classical literature, Egyptology, geography, geology, history, linguistics, mathematics, metaphysics, mythology, oceanography, and religion.

The science of Atlantology is well-described in Sykes' journals ATLANTIS (1948-1976) and NEW WORLD ANTIQUITY (1954-1979).






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                         S Y K E S '   C O N T E M P O R A R Y   A T L A N T O L O G I S T S


 


Hans Hoerbiger


Hoerbiger was born in Atzgersdorf, a suburb in Vienna on November 29, 1860. He studied engineering at the Technical College; was a machine builder in 1881 (mainly of blast furnaces); and in 1894, he took out patents on various types of valves, manufactured them, and grew wealthy. From 1894, he took a deep interest in cosmological problems and tried to interpret the cosmic courses of development from an engineer’s point of view. He studied cosmological problems and investigated riddles of our Solar System, the universe, and our Moon. In 1898, Hoerbiger made the acquaintance of Philipp Fauth, and collaborated with Fauth, to write and publish the 722-pages of Glazialkosmogonie in 1912. The English translation is the Cosmic Ice Theory but it is generally known as the Moon Capture Theory. Hoerbiger died in Mauer, a suburb of Vienna, on October 11, 1931.


The Hoerbiger Institute

In January 1949 in Atlantis, Dr. Manfred Reiffenstein wrote The Hoerbiger Institute at Vienna From 1938 to 1948. Manfred Reiffenstein was an engineer, President of the Hoerbiger Institute in Vienna, and a colleague of Hans Hoerbiger during his lifetime. He was the inventor of the Reiffenstein Water Turbine. He wrote,

"In March 1938, at the time of the Nazi occupation of Austria, two organizations existed in Vienna concerned with the Hoerbiger Theory. These were the Kosmotechnische Gesellschaft and the Hoerbiger Institute. The first of these societies had been formed in 1921 by a group of enthusiastic adherents of the Hoerbiger Theory; engineers, physicians, civil servants, and businessmen. Most of them were personally acquainted with Hoerbiger, and had attended the many interesting lectures he gave before his death in 1931...

"This organization, which was only interested in pure research, was liquidated by the Nazis on their arrival, and its funds were seized. All appeals against this decision failed. The Hoerbiger Institute, which was only a small association engaged in the collecting of funds for research, was left in possession of all the scientific material left by Hoerbiger, a fine library, and a large collection of valuable drawings, covering the whole range of astronomy, meteorology, and geology, as they affected the Hoerbiger Theory... The Nazis wanted to close this down also, but thanks to the energetic intervention of Alfred Hoerbiger and the Chairman, this was obviated by the appointment of a Nazi Commission. Another danger, that the archives should be moved to Berlin and absorbed in Himmler’s Ahnererbe organization, was also averted after lengthy negotiations, which established the fact that the Institute was the private property of the three sons of Hoerbiger; Hans, Alfred, and Hans Robert...

"The problem of maintaining correct relations without becoming dependent on the Nazis was difficult, but was still possible until the outbreak of war. Although we realized that the war would bring our activities to a standstill, nevertheless Alfred Hoerbiger managed to continue publishing Proceedings, in spite of being cut off from all foreign publications and correspondents. Our registers showed more and more blanks as it became impossible to check up on changes of address.... One day we were rung up by the Propaganda Ministry, who said they considered these publications constituted high treason... and we were ordered to stop circulating our reports.

"By 1944, the Allied air raids became more and more frequent with increasing violence. In one of these raids, our printers were burnt out, and all our blocks and drawings were destroyed. In February 1945, the Hoerbiger engineering factory was completely burnt out and on the 12th March of the same year, the premises of the Institute were also hit... within a month we had managed to get the premises boarded up, in fact, this was just finished before the Soviet troops arrived. The battle for Vienna lasted five days, during most of which time we were obliged to shelter in the cellar, together with poultry, goats, and other domestic livestock. Gradually we put things in order and restarted work, but were seriously hampered by lack of funds. The members were scattered and not to be traced... Alfred Hoerbiger died in August 1945... With the aid of the archives which have escaped destruction, we hope to be able to restart publications of Proceedings, and we anticipate that the year 1949 should bring us still further on our way towards recovery."

Sykes was a member of the Hoerbiger Institute until 1942 when it finally closed down, but managed to resume contact with Georg Hinzpeter, who had been the secretary of the organization, until Hinzpeter died.

Sykes founded the Hoerbiger Institute in 1945 in Cairo on a temporary basis (during the last years of the war he was in the Near East), and then in 1947 in England on a permanent basis, in order to keep Hoerbiger’s ideas alive. By 1948, The Austrian Hoerbiger Society in Vienna had become practically dormant owing to the difficulties caused by the German occupation as well as the more direct consequences of the war. Sykes found it difficult to get into touch with members since his own records were destroyed in Poland during the war; however, Sykes did manage to secure a complete set of the journal of the Zeitschrift zum Welteislehre from its first issue in 1926 to the final one in 1942. In 1963, two new groups in Holland and West Germany, with three-hundred to five-hundred members between them, had been up and running for almost a year.

On September 30, 1962, Dr. M. Reiffenstein gave a lecture in Vienna on the Hoerbiger Theory — for the first time since the war.

In 1969 in Atlantis, Sykes wrote Rebirth In Vienna announcing that after twenty years out of action, the Hoerbiger Institute in Vienna had been started up again under the direction of Dr. Eng. Manfred Reiffenstein.

In 1972 in Atlantis, Sykes wrote Cosmic Disaster Conference in which he announced that on October 16 and 17, 1972, the Hoerbiger Institute of Vienna would be holding a conference on the relationships between the new concepts on meteor strikes and cosmic disasters and the Hoerbiger Theory itself.






Dr. N. Th. Zhirov



Dr. N. Th. Zhirov was a personal friend of Sykes for over twenty years. Unfortunately, Zhirov suffered from injuries received in World War II and never got out of Russia actually to see the Atlantic Ocean about which he wrote so much. Zhirov quoted early Russian classical sources; thus, he was an outstanding contributor to the study of Atlantis. He was very scientific and absolutely objective, and set a standard for Russian Atlantology. Zhirov died in December 1970 in Moscow. His obituary was published in the January 1971 issue of Atlantis.






Russians and Atlantis


The earliest original work on Atlantis was written by A.S. Norov and published in 1854 in Russian and German. In 1917, appeared one of the most serious works by V. Bryusov, the famous Russian poet, who was engaged in the scientific study of the problem until his death. He gave all of the data available as evidence that Atlantis was the cradle of the majority of subsequent civilizations. In the 1930’s, there was considerable interest in the problem with articles in small popular science brochures and the publication of B.L. Bogaevsky, a prominent Soviet historian, who dismissed the lost continent. Almost twenty-five years followed, in which not a single work on the subject appeared in the USSR. Impetus was given in 1954 by E. Andreeva’s most popular science book about Atlantis, Easter Island, and Sannikov’s land, in which she used scientific geological and oceanographic data to demonstrate the undoubted reality of Atlantis.

In 1963, Sykes received a Christmas card from Zhirov which had postage stamps issued in Russia commemorating two well known scientists who were also famous Atlantologists — Vladimir Obzuchev, Member of the Academy 1863-1956, and Valery Brussov, the famous poet and Atlantologist.



Zhirov’s Writings


In 1957, Zhirov published Atlantis in Moscow, a most informative book on Atlantis with a bibliography that included no fewer than eighty references in Russian, plus sixty references in other languages. The book was only available in Russian. Zhirov was an active contributor to Atlantis journal. In the November 1957 issue of Atlantis, Sykes published A Letter From Dr. Zhirov & A Short Contents Of The Book Atlantis, and in the September 1958 issue of Atlantis, An Open Letter From Dr. Zhirov To All Atlantologists was published.

In January 1962 in Atlantis, Zhirov, who was always looking for evidence that the Mid-Atlantic Ridge was once above sea level, reported in An Indisputable Demonstration Of The Great Subsidence Of The Mid-Atlantic Ridge,that N.N. Gorskiy’s book The Secrets of the Ocean, Moscow, 1960, showed two photographs of shallow water corals grown on rock, dredged up from the Mid Atlantic ridge from a depth of twenty-five-hundred meters by the Soviet oceanographic expedition ship Mikhail Lomonossov. No Carbon-14 dates available.

In January 1962 in Atlantis, Zhirov wrote A Critical Analysis Of The Material Culture Of Plato’s Atlantis in which Plato mentions iron, gold, silver, copper, tin, orichalcum (a copper alloy?), and the antiseismic architecture of Egypt and Mesopotamia.

On April 22, 1964, Dr. Zhirov’s The Existence and Destruction of Atlantis was read to the Leningrad House of the Scientists Geological-Geographical Section. The report gathered more than one-hundred-and-fifty scientists and students for two-and-a-half hours. The event was reported in the October 1964 issue of Atlantis in an article titled Atlantological News From The USSR.

Zhirov’s Atlantida was published in 1964 by the State Publishing House of Moscow. The preface was written by the editor, Professor Demetrius G. Panow, Doctor of Geological Sciences. The book was published in Romanian in 1967, while Sykes ranted impatiently that no copies were available in French and English. In the book, Zhirov painstakingly reviewed the latest knowledge of the formation of continents, structure of mountains and submarine ridges, seismic processes, cosmological influences, tectonic origins, and the effects of glaciations on the distribution of flora and fauna, and changes produced by the Gulf Stream. The accumulated evidence indicated that a land mass could have existed in the Atlantic. If this view could be proved, it would lead to a complete reversal of the views generally held concerning the migration and development of man.




Atlantis, Atlantology:

Basic Problems was published in Moscow in 1970. At the time, this book was the most extensive attempt to produce geological and geographical proof that Atlantis really existed. The great complexity of the geology of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is discussed. There was a thirty-five page bibliography of eight-hundred references. Sykes owned this book in three languages. The book was reviewed in the November 1971 issue of New World Antiquity.





                                                         Metaphysicists





Lewis Spence


In The Problem Of Atlantis, published in 1924, Lewis Spence said,

"Men of insight have written of strange visions, and of stranger supernatural communications they have been vouchsafed regarding her (Atlantis') pristine life. In many quarters, these have been received with scorn. In some cases, their content and testimony appear to me as highly improbable, having regard to the proven facts of science. But for my own part, I would hasten to say that I am too ignorant of the powers of the human soul to weigh the evidence they present with justice and impartiality. Imagination, vision, if rightly interpreted and utilized, is one of the most powerful aids to historical and archaeological understanding; and the ability to cast an eagle glance down the avenues of the ages is, it seems to me, but one of the first steps in psychic progress."


Spence's obituary was published in the May 1955 issue of Atlantis.





Paul LeCouer


In September 1954 in Atlantis, Sykes wrote an obituary for Paul Le Cour in which he stated,

"Although the paths of the two Atlantis organizations, the French and the English, had tended, with the years, to draw somewhat apart, this fact did not in any way diminish the great admiration which your editor had for Paul Le Cour and his work, which had resulted in the paths of many people being led to a wider appreciation of the beauty of the mystical approach. On the one occasion on which they both met, shortly after the end of the war, your editor was much moved by the serenity of outlook of Le Cour and his deep seated certainty as to the advent of a period of spiritual and moral uplift. Let us hope that his courageous optimism will be justified in the not too distant future..."

Egerton Sykes, World Renowned Atlantologist



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