Blog 5: False Atlanti

Plato’s tale of Atlantis is tantalizing and has led many archeologists to search for its true location. Sadly, while claims have been made that Atlantis existed anywhere from Cuba to Spain, we still do not have conclusive evidence to link a site to this ancient civilization.

Near Cuba, two scientists, Paul Weinzweig and Pauline Zalitzki, located what they believe to be Atlantis.  They found this site using robot submersibles and have identified four pyramids, sphinxes, and other buildings among the ruins (http://www.riseearth.com/2012/10/atlantis-found-giant-sphinxes-pyramids.html). Moreover, symbols and pictograms found at sites on Cuba are mirrored in the drowned city, which could show that some Atlantians survived by going to higher ground (http://www.riseearth.com/2012/10/atlantis-found-giant-sphinxes-pyramids.html). The discoverers postulated that this city was submersed some 600 feet into the Bermuda Triangle over 10,000 years ago when the Arctic icecap began to melt (http://www.riseearth.com/2012/10/atlantis-found-giant-sphinxes-pyramids.html).

Personally, I do not think that this site is the real Atlantis. Cuba is extremely far from the Greek homeland of Plato. It is also just as far away from Egypt, which is where the fable of Atlantis is said to originate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inHSpBPV9rA).  While the time period is correct for Plato’s tale, the city has yet to be proven as the home to a very advanced civilization, so we do not even know if they had the technology to make naval crafts that could even reach Africa. Considering this, there is not enough evidence to connect the ruins to Plato’s Atlantis.

Researcher Richard Freund has also located an Atlantis. He believes it is “buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park” (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-tsunami-atlantis-idUSTRE72B2JR20110312). Using modern imaging technology he and a group of scientists surveyed the underwater site and saw it was similar structurally to several sites proximal to the ruin. To Freund, this meant that those sites were “memorial sites” that victims of the demised of Atlantis built after a tsunami destroyed their home (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-tsunami-atlantis-idUSTRE72B2JR20110312). Also, since this ruin is located through the Pillars of Hercules (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-tsunami-atlantis-idUSTRE72B2JR20110312), Freund believes that the site must be Atlantis as this ties it closely to the account Plato gave (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inHSpBPV9rA).

Unfortunately, like the previous site in Cuba, evidence is lacking. This time, while the site is close to both Egypt and Greece, there is still the lack of proof for an advanced society. Moreover, until both the site and the memorial sites have been dated, we cannot tell which came first. If the memorial sites are older, then the whole theory would be debunked.