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PoliCon
03-13-2011, 12:13 AM
y Zach Howard

NORTHAMPTON, Mass | Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:36am EST

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (Reuters) - A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain.

"This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher Richard Freund told Reuters.

"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," said Freund, a University of Hartford, Connecticut, professor who lead an international team searching for the true site of Atlantis.

To solve the age-old mystery, the team used a satellite photo of a suspected submerged city to find the site just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, they believe that they pinpointed the ancient, multi-ringed dominion known as Atlantis.

The team of archeologists and geologists in 2009 and 2010 used a combination of deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater technology to survey the site.

Freund's discovery in central Spain of a strange series of "memorial cities," built in Atlantis' image by its refugees after the city's likely destruction by a tsunami, gave researchers added proof and confidence, he said.

Atlantis residents who did not perish in the tsunami fled inland and built new cities there, he added.

The team's findings will be unveiled on Sunday in "Finding Atlantis," a new National Geographic Channel special.

While it is hard to know with certainty that the site in Spain in Atlantis, Freund said the "twist" of finding the memorial cities makes him confident Atlantis was buried in the mud flats on Spain's southern coast.

"We found something that no one else has ever seen before, which gives it a layer of credibility, especially for archeology, that makes a lot more sense," Freund said.

Greek philosopher Plato wrote about Atlantis some 2,600 years ago, describing it as "an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules," as the Straits of Gibraltar were known in antiquity. 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.

Tsunamis in the region have been documented for centuries, Freund says. One of the largest was a reported 10-story tidal wave that slammed Lisbon in November, 1755.

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 are planned at the site where they believe Atlantis is located and at the mysterious "cities" in central Spain 150 miles away to more closely study geological formations and to date artifacts.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-tsunami-atlantis-idUSTRE72B2JR20110312?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+reuters/topNews+%28News+/+US+/+Top+News%29

Rockntractor
03-13-2011, 12:19 AM
Over run by Hispanics and then swallowed by the ocean. Sounds like California.:confused:

djones520
03-13-2011, 12:25 AM
Over run by Hispanics and then swallowed by the ocean. Sounds like California.:confused:

You are so going to hell for that one. :D


I don't know if the true "Atlantis" really exists, but if this it, I'll be happy.

A number of years ago I found this website of this author who was pushing that Atlantis was located in Indonesia. A favorite thing of mine to do was poke whole in his theory on his forum. This would just be icing on the cake. :D

Arroyo_Doble
03-13-2011, 12:30 AM
You are so going to hell for that one. :D


I don't know if the true "Atlantis" really exists, but if this it, I'll be happy.

A number of years ago I found this website of this author who was pushing that Atlantis was located in Indonesia. A favorite thing of mine to do was poke whole in his theory on his forum. This would just be icing on the cake. :D

I always thought Atlantis (and the origins of the cultural Flood myth) was inundated at the creation of the Bosphorus Straits.

djones520
03-13-2011, 12:30 AM
I always thought Atlantis (and the origins of the cultural Flood myth) was inundated at the creation of the Bosphorus Straits.

That is a popular theory as well. There has been an ancient city found on the north shore of the Black Sea that would have been above sea level before it flooded.

Novaheart
03-13-2011, 12:45 AM
I always thought Atlantis (and the origins of the cultural Flood myth) was inundated at the creation of the Bosphorus Straits.

I'm expecting someone to put it all together in a coherent timeline.

Skara Brae appears to have been abandoned on a moment's notice, as if the people simply walked away. My theory is that something caused the sea level to drop suddenly, and the people of Skara Brae, who may have lost their sea faring capability if they had any, went to catch their animals who had escpaped. As suddenly as the water level had dropped, it returned and they could not return to the island.

Skara Brae (pronounced /ˈskɑrə ˈbreɪ/) is a large stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. It consists of ten clustered houses, and was occupied from roughly 3180 BC–2500 BC. Europe's most complete Neolithic village, Skara Brae gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status as one of four sites comprising "The Heart of Neolithic Orkney."[1] Older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids, it has been called the "Scottish Pompeii" because of its excellent preservation.[2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skara_Brae

http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com/upload/529883/Inline%20Images/Skara%20Brae.jpg

NJCardFan
03-13-2011, 02:45 AM
I thought it was determined that Atlantis was about where Malta is sitting? However, if they find Atlantis, does this mean they'll find Aquaman?

djones520
03-13-2011, 02:47 AM
I thought it was determined that Atlantis was about where Malta is sitting? However, if they find Atlantis, does this mean they'll find Aquaman?

The lamest super hero ever? I doubt he'd show his face.

fettpett
03-13-2011, 09:54 AM
That is a popular theory as well. There has been an ancient city found on the north shore of the Black Sea that would have been above sea level before it flooded.

as well as a popular thought that it was in the New World around the Bermuda triangle

asdf2231
03-13-2011, 01:05 PM
I thought it was determined that Atlantis was about where Malta is sitting? However, if they find Atlantis, does this mean they'll find Aquaman?

Gayest super hero EVAH.

FlaGator
03-13-2011, 02:28 PM
I thought that Atlantis was not just a city but a continent.

marv
03-13-2011, 02:38 PM
The Santorini eruption (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoan_eruption) is a much more credible cause of the demise of Atlantis.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/14/Santorini_Landsat.jpg/580px-Santorini_Landsat.jpg

It occured about the time of the Exodus, and the Seven Plagues of Egypt, and very likely could have caused them - including the parting of the Red Sea.

It destroyed the Minoan city of Akrotiri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akrotiri_(Santorini)), which was probably Plato's Atlantis.

But nevermind bad science. College profs gotta make some money, too. So get ready for the books, and maybe a Discovery Channel special.

PoliCon
03-13-2011, 07:46 PM
I thought that Atlantis was not just a city but a continent.

yup.

noonwitch
03-14-2011, 07:46 AM
The Santorini eruption (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoan_eruption) is a much more credible cause of the demise of Atlantis.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/14/Santorini_Landsat.jpg/580px-Santorini_Landsat.jpg

It occured about the time of the Exodus, and the Seven Plagues of Egypt, and very likely could have caused them - including the parting of the Red Sea.

It destroyed the Minoan city of Akrotiri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akrotiri_(Santorini)), which was probably Plato's Atlantis.

But nevermind bad science. College profs gotta make some money, too. So get ready for the books, and maybe a Discovery Channel special.




That's the theory I've heard the most on the History Channel. But it makes sense. The Minoans were an amazing culture.

marv
03-14-2011, 10:41 AM
National Geographic channel beat the Discovery Channel to the punch. Last night, 3/13/11, they had the special on the Spanish mud flat "find". But it wasn't very convincing. At the end of the show, they even produced a tabletop model of the city in detail - even if they haven't excavated anything.

They compounded things when they referred to Plato saying that the "civilization" disappeared beneath the sea. Then they discounted the Santorini volcano theory by saying that subsequent settlements appeared on Santorini - and promptly stated that survivors of the Spanish site had built a "memorial" city northwest of the mudflat.

Georges Roux (Ancient Iraq, Penguin Books, 1992), was right when he cautioned that so much of pre- and proto-history is speculation. After all, Plato heard about Atlantis third hand. Ever play the childhood game of "Rumor"?

BTW, Atlantis has also been "found" in the Caribbean Sea, and even off the coast of Japan.

Adam Wood
03-14-2011, 11:12 AM
See, this is why people need a travel agent. They wouldn't waste so much time looking around at satellite pictures if they'd just asked me.

It's in the Bahamas (http://www.atlantis.com/default.aspx). Only a half-hour flight from Miami.



See? Piece of cake.

fettpett
03-14-2011, 11:21 AM
honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if Atlantis was a pre-flood civilization (for those of you that believe in the biblical account) and there wouldn't be any evidence or extremely little of it's existence

Rockntractor
03-14-2011, 05:15 PM
honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if Atlantis was a pre-flood civilization (for those of you that believe in the biblical account) and there wouldn't be any evidence or extremely little of it's existence

That is what I always thought.

CueSi
03-15-2011, 01:54 AM
honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if Atlantis was a pre-flood civilization (for those of you that believe in the biblical account) and there wouldn't be any evidence or extremely little of it's existence

I am more than willing to buy either that or the Santorini story.

~QC