The discovery of “memorial cities” left by refugees, coupled with the deployment of snazzy technology, may have led researchers to the resting place of the lost city of Atlantis.
The legendary metropolis, believed swallowed by a tsunami thousands of years ago, may be buried in marshlands near the coast of southern Spain, according to a team of researchers led by a professor at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Richard Freund and his team used satellite photos, digital mapping and underwater technology to study the site, and, if they’re correct, Atlantis lies submerged in the mud flats just north of the port of Cadiz, the oldest city in the Iberian Peninsula.
Memorial cities built by those able to flee to central Spain provided an added twist, and provided validation that Atlantis’s location might finally be pinpointed.
“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.
Technology may provide new answers, but the fact that Atlantis is unfindable may remain its greatest treasure. Our enchantment with the doomed city dates back to antiquity; the philosopher Plato first wrote about Atlantis in 360 B.C. as a naval power guarded by a cadre of kings. A long list of silver screen homages followed, beginning with a French silent film, “L’Atlantide,” in 1921. The mysteries might be too valuable to dredge up — is the answer to the city’s location best left beneath the waves?