Atlantis Found?14 March, 2011 at 16:09 | Posted in Culture, Science | 1 Comment
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Tsunami-Buried Lost City of Atlantis May Have Been Found
By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Atlantis, the fabled lost city mentioned since antiquity, may have been found recently by researchers, according to research by Spanish, American, and Canadian scientists.
The legendary lost city may be located in mud flats in southern Spain, said a team of scientists from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Researchers led by Hartford professor and archaeologist Richard Freund used satellite imagery, electrical resistivity tomography, digital mapping, ground penetrating radar, and underwater technology to locate the city, believed to have been submerged after a tsunami.
They matched geological formations from Plato’s descriptions of Atlantis and date artifacts to the time of the lost city to see if they can confirm the existence of the city. About 2,600 years ago, Plato said that the lost city was “an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules,” according to a press release.
Freund made a discovery of “mysterious memorial cities built in the image of Atlantis” in central Spain, an archaeological site that is 4,000 years old, according to the press release. Due to the location of the city, Freund said that he is confident that the lost city of Atlantis is located nearby in the mud flats in Spain.
“This is the power of tsunamis,” Freund told Reuters. He added, “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.”
“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 told the news agency.
The team’s findings will be revealed on Finding Atlantis, a new special for the National Geographic channel.
Researchers plan to do further excavations at the site where Atlantis is believed to be.