Has the real lost city of Atlantis finally been found?

Has the real lost city of Atlantis finally been found

Scientists are convinced that Atlantis is submerged just north of Cadiz. They used a satellite photo of a suspected submerged city to find the site
The team then surveyed it with a combination of deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater technology

It has remained a tantalising mystery for thousands of years, but now a U.S. led research team believes it has found the legendary lost city of Atlantis.

Scientists claim to have pinpointed the exact location of the metropolis under mud flats in southern Spain.

The team of archaeologists and geologists are convinced that Atlantis -swamped by a tsunami – is submerged just north of Cadiz

Professor Richard Freund of the  University  of Hartford, Connecticut, who led the international team,  said: ‘This is the  power of tsunamis.

‘It is just so hard to understand that it can  wipe out 60 miles  inland, and that’s pretty much what we’re talking  about.’

The team used a satellite photo of a  suspected submerged city to find the site then surveyed it with a  combination  of deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater  technology.

Buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana  Park they found a strange series of ‘memorial  cities,’ built in Atlantis’ image  by the refugees who fled the destructive tsunami.

Atlantis residents who did not die built new  cities inland, claimed Freund.

The team’s findings were unveiled yesterday  in Finding Atlantis, a new National Geographic Channel special.

Freund said the ‘twist’ of finding the  memorial cities makes  him confident Atlantis was buried in the mud  flats.

He said: ‘We found something that no one else  has ever seen before, which  gives it a layer of credibility, especially for  archaeology, that makes a lot more sense.’

Greek philosopher Plato wrote about Atlantis  some 2,600 years ago,  describing it as ‘an island situated in front of the  straits called the Pillars of Hercules.’

These pillars were known as the Straits of  Gibraltar in bygone times.Using Plato’s detailed account of Atlantis as a  map,  searches have focused on the Mediterranean and Atlantic as the best possible  sites for the city.

Freund says tsunamis in the region have been  documented for centuries with one of the largest reported in November 1755  hitting Lisbon with a 10-story tidal wave.

Debate about whether Atlantis truly existed  has lasted for thousands  of years. Plato’s ‘dialogues’ from around 360 B.C. are  the only known  historical sources of information about the iconic city.

Plato said the  island he called Atlantis ‘in  a single day and night… disappeared into the depths of the sea.’

Experts plan further excavations at the site  where they  believe Atlantis is and at the mysterious ‘cities’ in central  Spain  150 miles away to more closely study geological formations and to  date  artefacts.

Read more: Daily Mail


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