Lost City of Atlantis Found in Spain by US-led Researchers?

By on Mar 13, 2011 in Current Events, Science Comments
Lost City of Atlantis Described by Plato
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The location of the lost City of Atlantis, believed to be swept by a tsunami thousand of years ago in Southern Spain, may have finally determined, according to an announcement made by a US-led research team.

Plato, a Greek philosopher, described the City of Atlantis 2,600 years ago, as “an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules.” He said that the island was called Atlantis “in a single day and night… disappeared into the depths of the sea.” The 360 B.C. historical accounts of Plato was one of the guide being used by researchers in locating the lost city. His detailed account of Atlantis led researchers to focus in the Mediterranean and Atlantic as the best possible sites of the city.

Richard Freund, a professor at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, led an international research team to locate the exact site of the City of Atlantis. He said that with 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.” According to Freund, one of the largest tsunami that hit the region was reportedly a 10-story tidal wave that swept Lisbon in November, 1755 which is likely the same that hit the City of Atlantis.

A satellite photo was used by the research team to aid them in trying to solve the Atlantis mystery. The Freund team pointed at the northern part of Cadiz, Spain where a vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park as the lost City of Atlantis. Freund explained that Atlantis’ residents who survived the tsunami take refuge in nearby inland and built “memorial cities,” in Atlantis‘ image, which the team discovered in Central Spain.

In 2009 and 2010, a group of archaeologists and geologists used deep ground radar, digital mapping and underwater technology in its survey of the same area.

The National Geographic Channel will feature Freund team’s findings on its Sunday special on March 13, 2011.



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