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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:
Duane K. McCullough 3/02

by Duane McCullough


This 18th interview was written by the author in response to possible questions regarding the book: SPIRIT OF ATLANTIS / The Treasure Adventure. Although there are three fictional reporters asking questions about the many views presented in the book, the questions asked are meant to inspire the public into discovering the truth and reality about Atlantis. The public is welcome to republish this "press conference" - however, any republication of this interview should include this web site address or HTML link to the www.spiritofatlantis.com web site.


Dateline: 3/02 / Place: Key Largo, Florida

Reporter 2: According to a recent article found on the British Broadcasting Corporation website, archeologists have just located a significant prehistoric underwater city offshore the western Indian coast that should "rewrite history". What do you make of this discovery?

Duane: Yes, the article was brought to my attention by a Canadian reporter friend of mine which suggest evidence that, if the report is true, many history books should undergo a significant rewrite to include a lost civilization in time and within an area not previously known. I should add that the BBC article also suggested evidence from the underwater site was carbon dated to over nine-thousand years ago -- and that would, according to some interpretations of Plato's Atlantean sea story, chronically place the date to fit his statements as to when the city of Atlantis was destroyed. However, I disagree with one general aspect of the BBC article with regards to the true date of the underwater site for reasons I will explain. First of all, for the last century or so there seems to be a "chronological race" among conventional historians to discover archeological sites and artifacts that "pushes backward in real time" the dates of human history on this planet. I, on the other hand, have discovered data that suggest a much smaller version of human history. So, while all other historians are looking for scientific data to push the date of human artifacts thousands of years backward into geological time, I have chosen to explain a timeline of recorded human history that measures only about a thousand years at length. My radical timeline concept of recorded human history may seem incorrect to many historians, but I stand by my two decades of research. Now, as to how a lost underwater city can be found offshore the western Indian coast, I have presented data in my SOA book project that may explain why a city could have once existed in the area. The first view is that in Volume 3, Chapter 2.11 (Follow the Sun), I explain the use of a unique symbol alphabet found on Easter Island can also be found "globally downstream" in the Indus Valley -- which suggests the literate cultures of southern Asia may have their root origins from the eastern Pacific realm where Eastern Island exist. The second view is that in V2C6 (The Language of the Angels), I display an illustration which reveals a type of megalithic construction technique found in the North Atlantic realm can also be found on the Indian peninsula of southern Asia. This view suggest the idea that whatever prehistoric maritime culture created the megalithic stone works of the North Atlantic realm, their technology was also once used in what is now the country of India. So, I have no doubt that a lost city could exist where the BBC article states -- however, I believe the real lost city that will truly "rewrite history" will be found within the Atlantean realm of what is now the American continents.

Reporter 3: Why would conventional historians want to participate in this so called "chronological race" you have stated in which the true timeline of artifacts and historical sites have been incorrectly "pushed backward in real time"?

Duane: Well, if I found significant archeological evidence that predated any known existing date, wouldn't I receive recognition and fame from the scientific community? With greater recognition and fame comes greater funding for more research. Sometimes in the quest to win a race, the rules are bent a little -- and over time the rules could be bent a lot. For example, according to my new research findings, the rules behind the carbon 14 dating system of artifacts have been altered so much that they are unreliable in truly dating artifacts beyond about a thousand years ago. I'm not trying to "sink the boat" of conventional archeology with my new research findings about Atlantis, but I am trying to "rock the boat" somewhat with new data that could be helpful in understanding the true timeline of human history.

Reporter 3: Have you found any new revelations lately regarding exactly how many years ago the seaport city of Atlantis was lost in time?

Duane: I don't have any new revelations, but I have recorded data that the celestial event which caused the seaport of Atlantis to "fall into a significant fault line" in what is now Central America can be dated to about nine centuries ago. And with that event -- together with other global earthquake and flood events that happened during the Biblical Flood, the maritime trade links that once united the Atlantean Maritime Kingdom was lost in time.

Reporter 2: You have stated that the lost continental Atlantean realm is now the continents of America -- and that many who have searched for Atlantis have overlooked this view because they have incorrectly believed the place was lost underwater during a major global flood. You have also stated the idea that Sir Frances Bacon wrote a story some four centuries ago in which he suggested the view that the American continents were once known by some as the greater continent of Atlantis. If Atlantis became America over time without any significant historian realizing it -- other than Mr. Bacon, how was it possible for so many people not to see this view?

Duane: Interesting question… Maybe the naming of America made so much sense at the time the New World was discovered by European seafarers and mapmakers, the name stuck in the minds of early publishers and nobody questioned it. In my SOA book project I suggested the idea that mapmakers during the Renaissance chose the name America in honor of the Armorican culture which lived and traded between the British Isles and the New World -- as evident by the common prehistoric ogamic alphabet found on both sides of the north Atlantic realm. The conventional view in which America was named in honor of the map maker Amerigo Vespucci is also challenged by other interpretations of history. I just recently discovered a story about the origin of the naming of America while visiting the BBC website -- wherein a sponsor of the English seafarer John Cabot known by the name of Richard Amerike, can be linked to the word America. Apparently, as the story goes, Mr. Amerike, who was once a Sheriff and Customs Officer of the port of Bristol, supplied John Cabot in his voyages to the New World with the deal that if any new lands were found his name would be associated with the discovery. Moreover, the BBC article written by a Peter Macdonald, further suggest the current flag of the United States of America is graphically related to Mr. Amerike's family coat-of-arms and predates George Washington's Stars and Stripes family banner by some three centuries.

Reporter 2: So, what you are saying is that the word America has several origins and that knowledge of the Atlantean realm was replaced with the name of America by scholars after the oceanic trade links between the New and Old World were lost during the Biblical Flood. According to your research, the oceanic trade links that were lost used a unique variety of vehicle design technologies which could rival modern transportation systems. Could you elaborate on this lost technology as to how, if rediscovered and understood properly, it could help people in their modern travel needs?

Duane: At my website I have on display several simple watercraft designs that are based on my understanding of composite materials and fluid movement. The vehicle designs have changed little over the years because simplicity doesn't need much improvement. I believe our Atlantean ancestors sailed the oceans during their nautical migrations using simple sailboats with Lateen rigs. Many sailboats were multi-hull designs and some were just long single hull canoes. Many lives were lost on these sea voyages, but enough succeeded to carry the knowledge and spirit of their Atlantean origins. Over time, these prehistoric sailors became scientist and discovered how to create an aircraft that, at first, was similar in design to a modern hang-glider -- but evolved into a powered seaplane. I can only guess as to how the motor system worked -- perhaps some sort of electromagnetic or even a steam powered prop device provided thrust. Whatever the case, prehistoric travel across the Atlantic may have once included flying vehicles. Now these views may sound unbelievable to some, but even I have my limits in believing how much technology was lost during the Biblical Flood. Let me say that I do not believe that our Atlantean ancestors use spaceships for interplanetary travel or watched color television like we do today. I have seen no evidence that would suggest they could travel faster than the speed of sound or carry heavy payloads like modern aircraft. However, as I said, they did travel vast distances in vehicles and they did use wireless radio technology. When not traveling great distances, the Atlanteans could transmit coded messages byway of electromagnetic static-field generators shaped like the original fire containment tool of the Olympic torch. These ancient alchemical "burning bushes" within a parabolic lens inspired many stories about the sacred fire that needed renewal on certain dates. For more info about the original Olympic torch design, just read V3C5 (People of the Pole) of my SOA book project.

Reporter 3: Regarding the Olympic events, your book project records the idea that the original Olympiads, which were used by some early historians to incorrectly measure and date the Greco-Roman Era, were originally annual sporting events to mark the four seasons. And that's why you believe the conventional timeline of the Greco-Roman Era is annually incorrect by a factor of four. Furthermore, you have suggested the idea that because of the unchallenged power of the early printing press and the incorrect translation of some Roman numeral dates into a new scriptural number date system nearly five centuries ago, official scholars and publishers mistakenly recorded the annual truth of ancient and medieval history by a total factor of ten -- as in five thousand years of conventional history from before the discovery of the New World, actually equals only about five centuries. If what you suggest is true, and can be proven over time, what would you say to the Olympic committee of today as to when or how often should the traditional sporting event celebrations take place?

Duane: Having the traditional Olympic games every four years is fine with me -- in fact, my Trans-Solar Calendar design accounts for a leap day every four years just like the old Julian Calendar or the Gregorian Calendar. Celebrating the games on leap-years may help in synchronizing historical time for future historians. The original Olympiad games were held because regional agrarian cultural centers needed an annual event reminder to mark the four seasons. Back then the seven-day weekly count system of 52-weeks a year had a left-over day -- or "pass-over" day, that, when added together, equaled 365 days a year. The first Olympiad was celebrated with a foot race that measured the distance of one stadia -- or about 100 yards. This foot race evolved into many other athletic games over time, but on the 77th Olympiad the one-day festival became a five-day event because the Hellenic government adopted a new way of counting annual time that left a five-day period at the end of the year. The Hellenic Calendar used a ten-day week count -- or 36 weeks a year, but was abandoned when the Greco-Roman Empire divided apart 292 years after the first Olympiad. When the modern Olympics were created just over a century ago in an attempt to revive the spirit of global unity, the Olympic directors, like other conventional historians, misunderstood the original Olympiad count dates and therefore we have the modern Olympics every four years.

Reporter 2: So the original Olympiads began as a "pass-over" day event to synchronize an annual calendar wherein a foot race stadium event between athletes of regional agrarian kingdoms marked the spirit of global unity. Interesting… but why, of all available sporting events, was the 100-yard dash race the first contest? What so special about the stadia measurement of about 100-yards?

Duane: Many encyclopedias give the stadia measurement the length of about 608 feet -- or one-tenth of a nautical mile. However, the early Atlanteans, like the Mayans, used a vigesimal -- or twenty-base counting system, and therefore the true stadia measurement can be found within many global sports stadiums at the 100-yard or about 304 feet unit mark. Why the one-twentieth nautical mile stadia measurement was chosen for the foot race of the first Olympiad is not known by me, but since Plato used the stadia measurement as a standard measuring unit when describing the seaport of Atlantis, perhaps it was a common unit from which most all other measurements were based on.

Reporter 1: You have not mentioned lately in our interviews the status of your LOST FOUNTAIN book project. Is there any thing new you would like to share with us regarding your nutritional and medicinal revelations about the lost fountain of youth in the upper Florida Keys?

Duane: My LOST FOUNTAIN book project is on a standby mode -- however, that may change later this year. Several times a week I visit a lagoon here in Key largo on my two-hour enviro-tours that may have once supplied mineral waters to other local springs in the area. As I visit the area locally known as "hidden lake", I try to explain to the onboard visitors the value of certain mineral salts that may have once helped in the longevity of the local natives. I show visitors a copy of my LOST FOUNTAIN book project and give them the website address where they can read the full book project online. I have taken many pictures and some digital video for a new website update. Perhaps a new version will be released soon -- it all depends on the volume of feedback.

Reporter 1: As a captain that gives enviro-tours into the Florida Bay area of the Everglades National Park, you should have significant scientific knowledge as to the ecology and history of the realm. What do you believe is the most important view regarding the future health and well-being of the Florida Bay area.

Duane: Well…there are many issues regarding water quality problems of the area. Concerns about nutrient overloading from human activities and previous man-made water development projects that have significantly changed the local environment are important issues on my mind. There seems to be more visiting "takers" than "givers" that ply the shallow waters of Florida Bay. And speaking of plying the shallow waters of Florida Bay, perhaps the most insidious threat to the heath and well-being is the daily plowing of the grass meadows by boat props whose owners either don't know or don't care about the damage they cause. In the last four years, I have seen significant damage just in the area I visit. I can only imagine how bad it has become in other areas. The park enforcement rangers can't be everywhere all the time -- so it's not their fault. Perhaps the long term solution will be the invention of a type of motor vessel design that uses some sort of "gyroscopic propulsion" that does not "cut the water" like the existing motor-prop does. Until this design becomes a reality someday, I recommend visitors to the bay area who are not familiar with the shallow waters hire local guides. Sailing or paddling the area is also another way to safely see the wonders of the area without significantly harming the environment.


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