Lost City of Atlantis May Have Been Found Near Cadiz in Spain
Por Vanessa Evans.
Amid the overwhelming international attention being paid to the ongoing tragic, and in the case of its nuclear reactors, dangerous, situation in Japan after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami, it was, very understandably, easy to miss Sunday’s National Geographic special “Finding Atlantis.” In the special, University of Hartford professor Richard Freund maintains that he believes he has finally discovered the lost city of Atlantis.
Freund’s find may seem a little less overwhelming at the moment, given the scale of the devastation in Japan and the tension over the instability of at least one of its nuclear facilities. But if Freund and his international team have finally located the lost city, it will solve a mystery that has lingered in archaeological circles and historical records for centuries.
It has long been theorized that the city of Atlantis disappeared so suddenly due to an enormous tsunami thousands of years ago, that swiftly buried it under the sea. Freund and his team chose to follow clues left behind by the philosopher Plato, concentrating their search efforts on the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. They used radar equipment, digital mapping and satellite images, along with other techniques, to locate what they believe to be the remains of Atlantis in mud flats to the north of Cadiz, Spain.
Plato first mentioned the city of Atlantis in his dialogues, specifically Timaeus and Critias, where he spoke of a city lost by earthquake or tsunami some 9,000 years before his writing. Although Plato maintains the story he tells came from the stories of some of Ancient Egypt’s priests, many have argued they were works of fiction originated by Plato himself. Others, including Freund, have treated Plato’s dialogues as historical records. Freund has now used Plato’s description, he believes, to find the city that the famous philosopher described.
There have been scores of locations previously thought to hold the remains of the lost city. Even as recently as 2009, Google had to issue formal statements denying assertions that the site had been found by a British aeronautical engineer, using undersea images from Google Earth. The images, or so it was claimed, showed a very marked grid of streets under the water, clearly indicating, according to the engineer and others, that Atlantis was located off the coast of Africa.
Although Freund and his team announced the find on Sunday’s special, much more excavation will have to take place before the site can be absolutely confirmed. As of yet, despite Freund’s assertion that the presence of memorials around the site is convincing, there isn’t enough data for the international community to be totally persuaded.