The National Museum of Ireland Leaves Possibility Open for Island Having Been Atlantis

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In a statement e-mailed to a news agency, the National Museum of Ireland refuses to reject the Atlantis in Ireland theory. Previous reports that they dismissed it in fact misrepresented their position.

– In early August the news broke that the island Atlantis, as described by Plato, was modeled on Ireland. Dr Ulf Erlingsson reported that the geographic similarity was statistically significant to 99.98% confidence level. The findings are presented in “Atlantis from a Geographer’s Perspective: Mapping the Fairy Land” (, $16.95).

Later a number of newspapers printed articles claiming that the National Museum of Ireland had dismissed the theory. However, the written statement from the institution says the opposite, clearly showing that they did not reject it:

“This theory seems to be based on geological information which we, as archaeologists, are not in a position to assess. However, we can say that we know of no archaeological evidence which would support Mr Erlingsson's theory.”

Thus, the museum does not express any opinion about the validity of the arguments. They left it on the table that Atlantis could have been modeled on the geography of Ireland. They neither dismissed it, nor did they endorse it—exactly what one would expect from a serious scholar who does not have all the facts.

The book is selling well in the US, and has been favorably received by scholars and readers alike. Dr Erlingsson is continuing his research into pre-history, from his perspective as a geographer and expert on the way nature constantly changes. He plans to make the results available in scientific articles, books, and documentaries.

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