An Interview with Dr. Charles Orser

Atlantis expert, Dr. Charles Orser, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University, shares with us his perspectives on Atlantis.

The Interview:

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The legend of Atlantis, the lost continent described in a story written by Plato around 360 B.C., has inspired ardent speculation for many centuries.  In modern times, public interest in the subject has been accompanied by imaginary proposals that stretch Atlantis well beyond the bounds of Plato’s story.  For many, distinguishing Atlantis fact from Atlantis fiction has become quite perplexing.

One of the goals of The Archaeology Channel is to provide reliable information on archaeological subjects of public interest.  Public attention on Atlantis has been elevated recently by the new animated Disney movie, Atlantis: The Lost Empire.  This is a good time for us to take up the subject and examine the story from a sound archaeological perspective.  To do that, we have asked a real Atlantis expert, Dr. Charles Orser, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University, to share with us his perspectives on Atlantis in an audio interview with Rick Pettigrew.

Charles E. Orser, Jr., Home Page

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