The lost city of Atlantis, a legend that has long existed but never been proven, might be located in Spain. The city is believed to have been a large metropolis that disappeared into the sea thousands of years ago. Now researchers believe that the ruins of a tsunami-struck ancient city in the mud flats of southern Spain may be the city itself.
The team first discovered the city in 2011 after examining and analyzing satellite imagery of a “suspected submerged city” north of Cadiz. After analyzing the images, they believe that the structure matches descriptions of Atlantis’ multi-ringed structure. The site was surveyed by archaeologists and geologists using deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater mapping technology in 2009 and 2010.
Head researcher Richard Freund has also discovered several smaller cities that mimic Atlantis. He calls them “memorial cities” and claims they were built by refugees after the city was destroyed by a tsunami.
“This is the power of tsunamis,” Freund said to 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,” he added.
It will be difficult to determine for sure that Freund’s team has actually found the site of Atlantis, whose very existence has been questioned through the years. The only historical evidence of its existence comes from Greek philosopher Plato 2,600 years ago.
Plato described Atlantis as “an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules,” today known as the Straits of Gibraltar. This has led most searches to focus on the Mediterranean and Atlantic. Plato’s dialogues from 360 B.C. stated that Atlantis “in a single day and night… disappeared into the depths of the sea.”
For the time being, researchers plan to explore and excavate their findings further. The sunken city, as well as the “memorial cities” will be studied for geological formations and artifact dating.