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.
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