Legendary Lost City of Atlantis “Found” in Southern Spain, According to Archeologists

(Image: lukzenth via Photobucket, Terms of use)

In the mysterious world of urbex and abandoned cities, none are more iconic – or debated – than the lost city of Atlantis. Described by Plato in 360BC as an island lying in front of the Pillars of Hercules, thousands of years of searching historically found nothing despite promising archeological discoveries. But now, researchers claim to have located Atlantis in the wetlands of southern Spain, despite the feeling among many scholars that the city was nothing more than a Greek myth or fantastical urban legend.

(Image: lukzenth via Photobucket, Terms of use)

Using Plato’s writings as his starting point, Professor Richard Freund, from Hartford University in Connecticut, used deep-ground radar, digital mapping and satellite imagery to locate what he called “one of the largest and most ancient cities at the bottom of a huge marsh”, north of Cadiz in Spain’s Donaña National Park. The resulting documentary, Finding Atlantis, was screened by National Geographic in the U.S. on Sunday.

(Image: lukzenth via Photobucket, Terms of use)

Freund’s theory hinges on Plato’s assertion that Atlantis was destroyed by a “natural disaster”, believed to be a tsunami, in 9,000BC: “This is the power of tsunamis,” Freund told the Daily Telegraph. “It is so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that’s pretty much what we’re talking about.” Freund also claimed that refugees fleeing the tsunami established “memorial cities” in central Spain.

(Image: Athanasius Kircher, public domain)

The find – the latest among a surge of discoveries fueled by Atlantis-mania over the years – could be the most compelling evidence yet that the lost city really existed. But like many ground breaking archeological finds, controversy is never far away. The film’s claims were dismissed Monday as scientifically unreliable while Professor Freund was accused of sensationalising the work of a team of Spanish scientists led by anthropologist Juan Villarías-Robles. The Spanish team did, however, confirm what appeared to be a sunken city, with conclusions expected later this year.

email
Keep Browsing

Partners
 
  • http://writenwrite.com write

    so, the atlantis moving around in the world…

  • Kuehne70

    I am the author of the “Atlantis refers to Tartessos” theory which inspired the “Finding Atlantis” documentary by the National Geographic Channel. Maybe it will be helpful if I post some comments here.

    My theory was published in the June 2004 issue of the journal “Antiquity”. My scientific article inspired the team headed by Sebastian Celestino Perez and Juan Jose Villarias Robles to perform the archaeological and geological expedition in the Donana National Park. Their work began in 2005. They performed two expeditions in the Marisma de Hinojos to test the theory. The first one (for one week) in July 2006 and the second one (for five weeks) in August and September 2009. Richard Freund and collaborators contributed significantly to the geological and geophysical work of the second expedition. I am not a member of the two teams, but I stay in contact with them.

    The National Geographic documentary was performed in November 2010. I was filmed on 8 November, Juan Villarias (and collaborators) the following day.

    My theory was published here:
    http://antiquity.ac.uk/ProjGall/kuhne/
    http://www.springerlink.com/index/l230650842118002.pdf

    The preprint of the second one of these articles was posted here:
    http://vixra.org/abs/1103.0058

    A very brief version of my Tartessos = Tarshish = Atlantis theory can be found here:
    http://vixra.org/abs/1103.0040

    I posted a very brief review (unfortunately with some minor mistakes) of the preliminary results of the archaeological expedition of the team headed by Celestino and Villarias here:
    http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/201656

    I hope that these comments may be helpful.

    Best Regards,

    Rainer W. Kühne

  • Kaos1

    i thing atlantis is just off the coast of greece

  • Lalamoniquebum

    hola i didnt think it was real:P

  • Thinkaboutit419

    Maybe we are putting to much into it . Maybe who ever was the first finder or storyteller, gave you the idea that Atlantis was located near Greece or Spain. For all we know it could be located in the center of the ocean. But for whatever reason Atlantis doesn’t want to be found.

  • Thinkaboutit419

    Maybe we are putting to much into it . Maybe who ever was the first finder or storyteller, gave you the idea that Atlantis was located near Greece or Spain. For all we know it could be located in the center of the ocean. But for whatever reason Atlantis doesn’t want to be found.

  • Thinkaboutit419

    Maybe we are putting to much into it . Maybe who ever was the first finder or storyteller, gave you the idea that Atlantis was located near Greece or Spain. For all we know it could be located in the center of the ocean. But for whatever reason Atlantis doesn’t want to be found.

  • indra997

    The Atlantis Found In Indonesians You Know …
    Open This Link And This Link Not A Spam .. The Articles On Indonesian Language So Translate By Your Self
    http://www.santrianeh.web.id/2013/07/05/altantis-ternyata-ada-di-indonesia/

  • seranvali

    I was under the impression that Atlantis was Minoan Crete and thatitwas destroyed by the huge eruption at Santorini in the middle off the second millennium BC.

 
 
 
 
 

Featured Articles

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Featured Category