Week 5

There is abundant archaeological evidence that claims to solve the lost city of Atlantis. A group of researchers has recently proposed that Atlantis existed in Southern Spain near the coast of Gibraltar (http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42072469/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/lost-city-atlantis-believed-found-spain/#.UfmsYVKo2QE). This research team believes that the city was destroyed by a giant Tsunami. North of Cadiz, Spain, satellite imagery shows evidence of a submerged city in the marshlands of Dona Ana Park. Survivors of the tsunami built new communities around the site of the original submerged city. Plato described Atlantis as a “an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules (http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42072469/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/lost-city-atlantis-believed-found-spain/#.UfmsYVKo2QE).” The Straits of Gibraltar were known as the “Pillars of Hercules” during Plato’s time.


Another theory is the Canary Islands are the lost Continent of Atlantis. Archaeologists have discovered ruins on the island, and it is close to the Straits of Gibraltar like Plato said it would be. There are also volcanoes on the island which can explain for the civilization’s destruction. Geological evidence shows that parts of the islands have fallen into the sea as well (http://www.aquiziam.com/atlantis_city_where.html).


Other ideas have been proposed to where the location of Atlantis is including Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Ireland, the Bermuda Triangle, and even that the Atlantians were Aliens. However, none of these theories are conclusive evidence that shows where Atlantis existed or that it even existed at all. Plato was incredibly vague in his writings about what happened to Atlantis, so there are many locations that fit Plato’s description. Scientists do know that a massive volcano erupted near the Island of Santorini 1,500 BC, so it is plausible many neighboring communities in the Mediterranean were affected by this disaster. Also, many ancient cultures had “advanced technology”, so many ancient societies fit that description as well. Plato’s writings are so old, that people today may even be taking his writings out of context. Atlantis may have just been a story instead of an actual place.



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