In the mysterious world of ancient abandoned cities, none are more iconic – or debated – than the lost city of Atlantis. Described by Plato in 360 BC as an island lying in front of the Pillars of Hercules, thousands of years of searching has turned up nothing concrete despite a plethora of promising archaeological 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 urban legend that gathered pace over time.
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.