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Portuguese archaeologists find evidence of ancient civilization in the Azores Islands . . . linked to the Sami (Lapps)!

Portuguese archaeologists find evidence of ancient civilization in the Azores Islands . . . linked to the Sami (Lapps)!


The Azore Islands match exactly the geographical description of Atlantis by the Greek philosopher, Plato.

This discovery could be the missing link that explains both the voyages of the Uchee across the Atlantic Ocean and the origin of the Apalache.*  The Uchee said that they came across the Atlantic from the “Home of the Sun.”   Uchee descendants from Georgia are showing up with Sami (Lapp), Finnish, Pre-Gaelic Irish, Basque and Panoan DNA.   Apalache is the Europeanization of the Panoan word, Aparashe, which means “From the sea – descendants of.”   *The real Apalache lived in a corridor from Savannah to Northeast Georgia.  The Florida Apalachee began as an Apalache colony among Arawaks from Peru.

Mark Veale sent this article to the People of One Fire and it is fascinating.  Portuguese archaeologist have found rock structures and petroglyphs in the Azores Islands that are pretty much identical to those in the portion of Lappland in Finland during the Late Neolithic and Bronze Ages.  Also, numerous coins, minted in Carthage have been found on some of the islands in this archipelago.

Until recently the official history of the Azores was that they were uninhabited,  when first discovered by mariners around 1427 AD and that there was no evidence that anyone had ever lived there earlier.  A small number of alleged tombs, carved into rocks that were used for burials, have been identified on the islands of Corvo, Santa Maria and Terceira by Portuguese archaeologist Nuno Ribeiro, who speculated that they might date back 2000 years, alluding to a human presence on the island before the Portuguese.  However, his interpretation was dissed by more conservative scholars, who said that these caves were natural, not man-made.

Recent archaeological work has identified petroglyphs and various stone structures in the Azores, which couldn’t possibly be natural.  They are identical to worship sites in Scandinavia, when the region was inhabited primarily by ancestors of the Sami.

All references acknowledge that the Azore Islands were created by volcanoes and still contain volcanoes.  No one seems to have noticed the large caldera on the eastern side of this archipelago.  The Greek philosopher, Plato, stated that Atlantis was due west of the Pillars of Hercules (Gibraltar).  It was on a volcanic island which exploded violently, causing Atlantis to sink into the see.  Around 1200 BC a tsunami struck the Atlantic Coast of Iberia, destroying all the coastal cities. About the same time a tsunami swept over Denmark and southern Sweden, wiping out a Bronze Age civilization there.   The Uchee apparently arrived in the Savannah Area a little after 1200 AD and probably are the progenitors of the Deptford Culture.  If Atlantis really existed, Savannah may have been one of its overseas trading ports.  The plan of the Bilbo Mound and port (3545 BC) is very similar to the Bronze Age ports on the coast of Iberia.

The aboriginal people of the Canary Islands call themselves the Guanches.  It is believed that they arrived in the Canary Islands between 1200 BC and 1000 BC. The Guanches Migration Legend states that they were from Atlantis.  The Guanches were still in the Neolithic Age when first contacted by the Spanish. To read this article, go to  Stone Ruins in the Azores.


A second article in the same E-zine describes an equally fascinating discovery.   Archaeologist working in the oldest known stone architecture in the world, Göbekli Tepe in Turkey.   Despite not having any evidence of agriculture, metallurgy or pottery, the people of this region produced remarkably sophisticated stone architecture, engraved with a variety of animals and abstract symbols.  Several of those symbols can be found in the tattoos of contemporary Aborigines in Australia.  Australian archaeologists now believe that the Australoid people settled Australia around 55,000 BC, but may have visited there as early as 80,000 BC. To read this article, go to Australoids in Turkey.

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    In the Teo Amoxtli, an ancient Toltecan mythology records that there was a major cataclysm from the Antilles. George Catlin published a book in 1870 titled “The lifted and subsided rocks in America” about tribes in North America that had the same tradition, where water rose like a mountain from the east. The festival of Izcalli was held to remember the horrible event. Abbe Brasseur states that the words Atlas and Atlantic have no etymological root in any European language. But in the Nahuatal (or Toltecan) language there is the word “atl” which means water, man, and the top of the head. From this comes “Atlan” which means on the border of, or amid the water. There is also similar plants and rocks connecting the Azores, the Canaries, and Madeira. Having a land mass between Europe and the American continents answers more questions than it raises. Ed

    • There was a massive strike by an asteroid or comet off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida in 549 AD, which wiped out the coastal islands of Florida and left a debris ridge on the Georgia coast, which is still 85 feet high today near Darien.


        D Keys book Catastrophe describes a world of thru Med shipping from what is now Kenya Africa to the southern tip of England. All destroyed due to plague he postulates arose in small animals that were resident of the grain growing areas of the eastern coast of Africa. This rise in disease seems historically to be due to meteorites, comets, etc., impacting Earth.
        This site deals with the larger picture of the Indonesian site of Atlantis and the survivor relocation. Why the western world seems not to notice or want to notice the accumulation of evidence supporting this may indeed be to western bias.


    The exact date of the Atlantic Tsunami is October 24, 1180 BC.
    Survivors from the western Baltic built ships and attacked Ramsees III in 1177 BC.
    Survivors in the eastern Baltic fled south with their livestock and became the Thracians.


    Richard, This artwork of the main Aztecs city (Tenochtitlan) seems to have the outline of the state of Florida and Georgia in it’s design. According to Mr. George Catlin book, your reader ED mentioned, the Lore of some of the Natives Elders peoples: that there was a migration event from the Southeast into Mexico. Most likely caused by the comet strike you have discovered affecting the Southeast coastal areas…the Toltec people migration…550 AD (collapse of Teotihuacan Nobles)….Kolomoki deserted.
    The Aztecs migrated latter in time from the North from Aztlan: “The place of whiteness” city, perhaps close to the snow covered Appalachians mountains. They stated they migrated for hundreds of years beginning on May 24, 1064 CE until they settled in Mexico city and seem to have designed their new city like a more ancient one…in a lake: “Aztlan”. There are a few 15-16th century maps that have a lake on the North East side of Georgia.án#/media/File:Aztlan_codex_boturini.jpg

    • I also have wondered if they came from one of the lakes in western Canada or perhaps Lake Tahoe. The Great Salt Lake would not seem to be a likely spot for them, but it is possible.


    Atlantis s an ancient Gaelic word Ait Ghalanta mans beautiful place


      Interesting. Hypothetically speaking ‘ait’ could be old English from ‘ait’ or ‘eyot’ meaning ‘small island’ ;in the dictionary it is discribed to be from ‘iggath’, ‘ïgeth’, based on ‘ïeg’ meaning ‘island’ + a diminutive suffix; ‘ait ghalanta’ would mean ‘island of ghalanta’ (island of beauty? / beautiful island?).

      The following are several possible meanings for the words/names ‘Atlantis’ and ‘Atlas’ using ‘ait’ in the reconstruction.

      Perhaps ‘ghalanta’ has a similar meaning as the word ‘gallant’. The word ‘gallant’ in the dictionary gives the following meaning ;of a person or their behaviour; ‘brave’, ‘heroic’.
      If so ‘ait ghalanta’ could mean ‘island of the brave’ or ‘island of heroes’.
      The word ‘gallant’ comes from old French ‘galant’ from ‘galer’ meaning ‘have fun, make a show’, from ‘gale’ meaning ‘pleasure, rejoicing’ therefore ‘ait gallant’ could have an alternative meaning of ‘island of pleasure’.

      Collectively ‘Atlantis’ is believed to mean ‘island of Atlas’; Atlas being a Titan (Giant?).
      If the word and name Atlantis is reconstructed using the old English word ‘ait’ it would be ‘ait lantis’ meaning ‘island of lantis’. The word ‘lantis’ could be from a Latin word ‘latus’ meaning ‘wide’ therefore ‘ait latus’ would mean ‘wide island’ (flat, stretched or big island?).
      When the word and name ‘Atlas’ is reconstructed in the same way it will give ‘ait las’ meaning ‘island of las’. The word ‘las’ is of importance. What if ‘las’ is actually ‘laz’?

      Some may know that the Colchian culture florished in the western Caucasus region on the coast of the Black Sea somewhere between 1800 BC to 600 BC (BC often replaced with BCE – Before Current Era). The western Caucasus region was known as Colchis. The Colchs (Colchis people) are also known as ‘Laz’.
      You might think where is it all leading to.
      It is far fetched yet when you want to go by boat from the western shores of the Caucasus through the Black Sea into the Mediterranean Sea from where you sail into the Atlantic Ocean you would first have to go through the Sea of Marmara, Aegean Sea and Sea of Crete.
      In the Aegean Sea you will find the island named ‘Lesbos’. Why is ‘Lesbos’ important? Hittite (ancient Anatolian people) records from the late bronze age name the island ‘Lazpa’. This could mean that ‘Lazpa’ or ‘Lesbos’ was a colony of Colchis.
      Therefore ‘atlas’, ‘ait las’ or ‘ait laz’ could mean ‘island of laz’ or ‘island of Colchis’ which is linked to the bronze age.

      Ait Ghalanta = Island of Heroes(The Brave) / Island of Beauty
      Ait Lanti/Lantis (Latus) = Wide, Flat, Stretched or Big Island
      Ait Laz = Island (Archipelago?) of Colchis

      Bronze age sailors from Colchis could have occupied several islands archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean ;which once perhaps was connected by land having a wide, flat, stretched or big appearance (micro-continent?); as a trading center for various bronze traders / seafarers from distant lands such as western and northwestern Europe (Scandinavia), eastern Americas (including Caribbean isles, Meso-/Central America) and western Africa.
      After a major flood the island archipelagos ‘Ait Laz’ (Ait Lazas?/Lazan?) the Isles of Colchis also known as ‘Ait Latus’ Big Island were abandoned only to be remembered in legends.

      This of course is nothing more than a theory and should NOT be taken as fact.


    I am a Portuguese archaeologist that lived and dived all nine islands in the Azores for 11 years. All this is nothing more than smoke, mirrors and a pipe dream, unsubstantiated by any archaeological evidence – nothing was ever found predating the 15th century.

    • The People of One Fire was just reporting the internationally published article, which quoted several Portuguese archaeologists, who disagree with you. I have never even been in the Azores, so am in no position to say what the truth is.


    I am a Portuguese archaeologist that worked in all nine Azorean islands. All of the above are unsubstantiated claims – no archaeological evidence ever found in the Azores predates the 15th century.


    When approximately was the last eruption of that volcano on the azores. Curiousity anyone know?


    In my recently published book “In the Shadow” I provide evidence that a) the Azorean islands are the islands described by Homer in the Odyssey (namely Faial is presumably Ithaca and Flores is presumably the island of Phaeacians) b) that Odysseus grandfather Autolycus lived in the area of today’s Trondheim in Norway (Odysseus visited hime when he was young), c) that the Phaeacians lived in Ireland before coming to Flores island (they were forced to leave their home by their hostile neighbours, the Cyclops who were presumably located in today’s Ireland), and d) that the areas of Atlantic Canada (around the Gulf of St Lawrence) where inhabited by Greeks since at least the Mycenean era (this is where Odysseus was heading, and stayed for 8 years in today’s island of Prince Edward, which is mentioned as “Crete” in the Odyssey, before returning back to “Ithaca”.
    For a more detailed description see


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