Was Lost City of Atlantis Found in Spanish Marsh?
Connecticut: Richard Freund and his research team may have found the legendary island-city of Atlantis under a vast Spanish marsh. Atlantis was described by Plato in 360 B.C. as having "in a single day and night ... disappeared into the depths of the sea."
They believe the city may be found in a vast Spanish marsh that dries out one month a year.
Freund's team used modern technology and old-fashioned reasoning to search for Atlantis. They started in 2008 with a satellite photo that appeared to be a submerged city in Spain's Dona Ana Park.
For the next two years, Spanish archaeologists and geologists worked with the team to explore beneath the mud flats by using radar images. One radar image appeared very similar to Plato's 2,300 year old description of Atlantis.
"We found something that no one else has ever seen before, which gives it a layer of credibility, especially for archaeology, that makes a lot more sense," Fruend said.
comes from ancient wood dating back to 440 B.C. A core
sample shows a layer of
methane which indicates that many living
things all died at once.
The Spain/Atlantis theory was clinched by a nearby museum display of ancient standing stones taken from the area.
In archaeology, "you follow the stones," Freund said. "Certain types of stones give you clues about where certain types of things came from."
Carved on each museum stone is a symbol similar to Plato's drawing of Atlantis.
Previous searches for Atlantis focused on the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean Sea.
Many have claimed to "find" the lost city: Russian
scientists pinpointed a ruined town in the Black Sea; an
American found man-made walls a mile deep in
the Mediterranean; and Swedish researchers found it
in the North Sea.
Fruend and his team's efforts were featured last month on a National Geographic TV special called "Finding Atlantis."
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