Rose and I saw the 10,000 BC the other night, and it reminded me of a theory I've heard a few times, but as most people have done didn't put much credit into it. The theory is that when Atlantis sunk or was destroyed or whatever the inhabitants escaped, mostly to Egypt, a few to South America, and some others scattered elsewhere. Where you really lose me on that whole theory is that most of the scholars who promote such ideals also say that the inhabitants of Atlantis were of humanoid alien decent... What I don't find completely impossible is that the stories, and myths of Atlantis may be based on fact. Even supported by biblical stories, which is where the tower of babel comes in on my way out there theory.
Ok, so let's start with the story itself from chapter 11 of Genisis:
1 At this time the whole world spoke one language, and everyone used the same words.2 As people moved from the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there.
3 They said to each other, "Let's make bricks and bake them to make them hard." So they used bricks instead of stones, and tar instead of mortar.4 Then they said to each other, "Let's build a city and a tower for ourselves, whose top will reach high into the sky. We will become famous. Then we will not be scattered over all the earth."
5 The Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the people had built.6 The Lord said, "Now, these people are united, all speaking the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do. They will be able to do anything they want.7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not be able to understand each other."
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.9 The place is called Babel since that is where the Lord confused the language of the whole world. So the Lord caused them to spread out from there over the whole world.
This doesn't speak of exactly how advanced they had become... or what means they were using to build with but what we do see is an amazing statement from God as pointed out to me by Adam Gray "They will be able to do anything they want." They must of been rather advanced in what they were doing to warrant such a statement, or at least developing quickly. Even the Romans had steam engines, it wasn't for over a thousand years later that steam engines actually came about in real usage, but archeology has shown that the Romans were using steam engines in their time. The technology was lost because slaves were much cheaper and more widely usable, and shortly after the Roman collapse you get the dark ages. So why couldn't the same of happened after the tower of babel? Because of this it seems logical to me that much of the stories and myths behind the city of Atlantis could be true, based on the Babylonian city where the Tower of Babel was being constructed. When it says that God confused their language it also says that he forced them to spread throughout the earth. This kind of makes me wonder if there wasn't a time when the earth did have one large land mass where everyone lived for a time. Similar to what some would say Pangea was (which is also completely possible since the continents do fit together like a giant jig saw puzzle) but moved apart rapidly by God when confusing the people. It would help to explain why we get several different buildings of Pyramids around the world about the same time. Maybe they were trying to finish what they set out to do in the first place, building towers to the heavens... it has been said that both the Egyptian pyramids, and the Aztec pyramids were built to honor their gods... I don't know for sure, nor do I have any real proof or scholarly writings that support my theories, they're just random weird theories that I have.