Someone “Finds Atlantis” … Again

A new press release posing as a news story has revealed to the world that a team of scientists, one that just happened to have had a documentary film crew monitoring  their every movement, has just discovered the lost city of Atlantis!

“Could the fabled lost city of Atlantis have been located? Using satellite photography, ground-penetrating radar and underwater technology, a team of experts (led by University of Hartford professor and archaeologist Richard Freund) has been surveying marshlands in Spain to look for proof of the ancient city. If the team can match geological formations to Plato’s descriptions and date artifacts back to the time of Atlantis, we may be closer to solving one of the world’s greatest mysteries.”

Yeah, that sounds impressive. Using satellite photography to find something that’s pretty much right were Plato said it was 2,000 years ago.

Plato mentions Atlantis as being:

“an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules [the Strait of Gibraltar]”

And, the Strait of Gibraltar is on the southern tip of Spain. This “new” find is up the coast from that.

So, was Plato talking about this city, now situated in a large swamp, when he wrote of Atlantis? Well, considering that Plato used the very ancient date of 9,000 years before his lifetime as a date for the Atlantean naval super power, and also mentions the Greek pantheon of gods as being active on earth, divvying up plots of land and carving mountains, I doubt he had any real historical city in mind. It sounds to me a lot like a story that occurred “long long ago” and “far far away”. Perhaps as a vehicle to teach some philosophy. But, I might be wrong.

Another reason to believe that Plato had no real knowledge of  an “Atlantis”, especially if it would have been located in Spain, is his depiction of them worshiping a Greek god. Plato merely assumes that they would worship Poseidon, since he is casting them as being an island nation. As far as I’ve seen, there are no records of Poseidon being worshiped in that region.

What would be impressive, is if these sunken city seekers actually set up some sort of clear criteria to determine if they are, in fact, right or wrong with their identification of this legendary nation, rather than just explaining everything they find in terms of Atlantis. Will they do this? Probably not.

ruins display an image carved in stone of what looks to be an Atlantean warrior — guarding the entrance to the lost, multi-ringed city

So, what does an Atlantean warrior look like?

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3 Comments on “Someone “Finds Atlantis” … Again”

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  2. The evidence and similarities are amazing. Never the less, they should have done a lot more research including substantial digs before making these claims.

    I can understand why they would make such claims this early, the PR this is generating will create untold funding for their project. Was the myth (like Troy) based on something real? Possibly, but if it is real, I’m sure we will find that it was exaggerated.

  3. Victor Says:

    I’m sure you’re right about the PR. It doesn’t look like they’ve done any actual excavation on the marsh site yet, so they probably do need to drum up some funds. I’m sure it’ll be interesting whatever they find. They circular formations are intriguing.

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