A reasearch team searching for the fabled Lost City of Atlantis says it may have been found, just off the coast of southern Spain.
Leading a team of international geologists and archeologists, University of Hartford professor Richard Freund used the detailed accountings of Greek philosopher Plato as a map, narrowing down the location to the Mediterranian and Atlantic.
Then, a satellite photo of a suspected submerged city was used to find the site just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, the team believes they have pinpointed the ancient, multi-ringed dominion known as Atlantis.
“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 Reuters.
It is believed a massive tsunami swept some 60 miles inland and destroyed Atlantis. “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,”Freund said. “This is the power of tsunamis.”
Freund also discovered a strange series of “memorial cities” 150 miles inland in central Spain, built in Atlantis’ image. He believes refugees from Atlantis who were not killed in the tsunami fled inland and built new cities there, he added.
“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.
If proven true, the discovery of Atlantis may lend credibility to the Solutrean Theory, which posits that the original inhabitants of the North American continent migrated across the North Atlantic via small, portable boats from Europe. These immigrants used used Clovis spearhead technology, which was first uncovered in an area of Western Europe that includes Spain and France.
Speculation rose that Atlantis was accidentially found by Google maps back in February 2009, but Google claimed at the time the image seen by millions was a “software glitch.” It can still be seen on Google maps, but the area is closer to the Canary Islands, much farther away from Cadiz.