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Bronze Age Atlantis by Walt Baucum

"Bronze Age Atlantis"
The International Nautical Empire of the Sea Peoples
Walter Baucum

(Russell-Davis Publishers, Jerusalem, Israel, 5769-2008)
Foreword by Yair Davidiy
          Atlantis was an island in the middle of the sea that according to tradition sank and disappeared. Atlantis was said to have had a great empire and an advanced civilization and at one stage to have been at war with Athens in Greece. "Bronze Age Atlantis. The International Nautical Empire of the Sea Peoples" by Walt Baucum seeks to solve the problem of Atlantis. Walt Baucum agrees with Jurgen Spanuth  (Atlantis of the North, 1979) who located Atlantis in a stretch of coastline from the Netherlands along the coast of North Germany and then turning northwards and continuing parallel to the coast of Jutland in Denmark. This area adjoined the Continental coast though in the neighborhood of present-day Heligoland off northern Germany there was also an island. The island together with the coastal area that is now under the Sea is identified as Atlantis. The island is identified with "Basilea" the legendary sacred isle of Atlantis. In the search for Atlantis and his description of the Ancient World that was connected with it the author reveals to us what the Ancient World was. We are introduced to concepts of great value such as the acquaintanceship with North and South America that was enjoyed by peoples in the west long before Columbus; the activities of Ancient Israelites that are not related in the Bible or at the most only hinted at; the identity of the Lost Ten Tribes; and other important matters of much interest.
          The scope of this study by Walt Baucum is from 1600 BCE to 1200 BCE an era that conventionally is known as the Late Bronze Age. We personally would place the dates for several events described within these pages much later. Whether we are right or wrong on this point should not detract from the value of the present work. The book describes events that took place, peoples that existed, and situations that prevailed. It contains valid information of importance that is not generally known. That is why this book is important.       
          The Ancient Peoples knew far more than it is customary to give them credit for. Walt Baucum merits the Empire of Atlantis as having initiated the Bronze Age. Walt also sees Atlantis as once being a cultural and trading bridge between the American Continents and Europe. He identifies the Sea Peoples who attacked Egypt in the 1200s BCE as offshoots from the inhabitants of Atlantis.  This book discusses what we know concerning Ancient Peoples such as the Sea Peoples, Phoenicians, Hyperboreans, Haunebu, Etruscans, Hebrews, Danites, and others. Walt Baucum identifies the Pelasgians with the Pelagians and these with the Minoans of Crete. Cyrus Gordon (Ugarit and Minoan Crete, 1966) deciphered Minoan as a North West Semitic language, from the same family as Hebrew.  The Minoans and kin were all equated by the Greeks with the Phoenicians. Asgard was the holy city of Atlantis. It was on the central island which was known as "Basileia" and situated off the coast of South West Denmark and therefore part of Scandinavia. In the 1200s BCE Egypt was attacked by the Sea Peoples who Walt traces to Scandinavia. Similar ships to those of the Sea Peoples have been found illustrated on Nordic rock drawings of the Bronze Age. The horn helmets worn by some of the Sea Peoples were also unknown in the Mediterranean, but they are prolific on Bronze Age rock pictures in the Scandinavian region. The two-horned helmet was an Israelite-Syrian thing, carried with them to NW Europe and Scandinavia to become famous much later in history as one of the headdresses of the Vikings.  It likely was a carry-over from the horned headdresses depicting kingship that the kings of Ancient Sumeria in Mesopotamia wore beforehand.  The kilt itself is of Israelite design and made famous, again much later in history, by the Scots (Scythes) of Scotland. 
          The Early Hyksos Shepherd Rulers of Egypt were descendants of Shem and identical with Typhon and the Titans, the peoples of Set, and to some degree with the Hebrews. The Early Hyksos were to a large degree Israelites but after they left, the Amalekites conquered Egypt and were also referred to as Hyksos.
         Hebrew, Celtic, and other cultures were to be found in the pre-Columban cultures of the Americas. In South America figurines with Semitic-Europoid features have been found as well as others whose characteristics are Negroid-African. The religious rites of the American Indians indicate Hebrew influence.          
          Danites from the Tribe of Dan conquered Greece. The Danaioi of Greek Mythology were described by the Greeks as having come out of Egypt and as being brothers to the Jews.  In Greek mythologies, the Danioi were descended from a patriarch "Danaos" who was the son of Bela, and who sailed from Egypt.  Dan was the son of the concubine Bilhah (Gen. 30:3-6), and the Israelites were in Egypt at the time that Danaos set sail to Greece from there. Much of the marine activity and colonization enterprises of the Phoenicians should really be attributed to the Israelites including Dan. The Tribe of Dan was prominent in Israelite seafaring. The development and spread of iron working in the Ancient World owed much to the Tribe of Dan.
          The Picts of Scotland and the "Little People" of Ireland may have been Minoans. The Minoans were associated with Keftiu. In Egyptian texts, "Keftiu" referred to Crete, Cyprus, and parts of Northern Syria and Anatolia. An inscription links "Keftiu" with "Mannas" (Manasseh) in Northern Syria. There was also a "Keftiu" in Northern Europe. It was a tin importer, a center of metallurgical enterprise, the "home of the smith god", and an exporter of metal work.  It was a land reachable only by sea, yet not an island.  "All of these descriptions taken together are applicable only to Bronze Age Scandinavia."  Keftiu is often equated with Cyprus and Cyprus in Assyrian inscriptions was called "Yadnana", meaning "Isle of the Dananu" i.e. Island of Dan.
          A Mycenean Greek type knife was found at Stonehenge. The people who settled in Ireland and Britain, who planted barley on the southern plains of England, and who built Stonehenge were related culturally and ethnically to the Homeric civilization of Mycenae and Crete.  Their building techniques are identical to that employed in the building of the famous Postern Gate at Mycenae.  Further linking the British Isles to the Mediterranean are the faience beads found in graves around Stonehenge and Avebury.  Their trail links them to both Greece and Egypt. Archaeological links between the Mediterranean and Ireland also exist in the Irish passage graves at Knowth and New Grange, both on the Boyne River, which closely resemble in many details those of Mycenae and Crete. A legend says that Albyne from "Syria" arrived in Britain with a fleet of his followers.  The presence of "Arreton blades and related pieces" as well as "golden twisted earrings" in Israel, Syria, and Cyprus, Brittany, Britain, and Ireland, but nowhere else, attests to a connection between those areas. The works of Yair Davidiy and especially "Lost Israelite Identity. The Hebrew Ancestry of Celtic Races" (Yair Davidy, Jerusalem Israel, 1996) are quoted extensively.
          The claims made in "Bronze Age Atlantis. The International Nautical Empire of the Sea Peoples" by Walt Baucum are not conventional. Nevertheless, the author provides references and supportive evidence. This work is worth reading and it may be that eventually the truths it contains will become more acceptable. The book is replete with detailed maps and numerous illustrations of great value. It has 416 pages of large A4 size and includes a detailed Index. The cover was designed and executed by Estelle Schutte and is a work of art in its own right.
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