Experts claim they’ve found ancient ruins of the legendary city of Atlantis.
Using a private satellite image firm, aerial photography, and ground observations of the site, a team of historians have spotted ruins which have led them to believe the mysterious city once stood in southern Spain.
The team studied a range of sites – many of which were already known to archaeologists – and were thought to have been constructed by ancient Romans and Greeks.
Now though, researchers at Merlin Burrows, the satellite imaging firm, claim to have found evidence how rather than Romans and Greeks, the sites were actually built by people known as Atlanteans.
The mystery of Atlantis came from the writings of Greek philosopher Plato who, in 400 BC, described an advanced island civilisation which ruled a vast maritime empire.
Plato wrote the grand city had an enormous harbour wall, huge entrance pillars, a temple to the god Poseidon, and massive circular pieces of land carved out by the Atlanteans to live on.
Before now, there’s been no evidence Atlantis was anything but a myth, but the latest evidence suggests otherwise.
Ruins found by the historians are thought to show evidence of the city’s harbour walls which once stood in the location, which is north of the city of Cadiz, Andalucía, centred around the Doñana National Park.
The walls look to have been an astounding 75 metres (245 ft) thick, matching Plato’s description of the city.
According to the Mail Online, Maritime historian Tim Akers said:
Plato describes in detail a patina on the buildings and structures of the cities and temples making up this complex.
We have filmed clear evidence and have collected samples which have been scientifically tested in a lab in Modena, Italy, which is used to test ancient Roman finds.
The results of the tests prove the age of the finds are older than Roman or Greek, and that they were more advanced.
Merlin Burrows claim there’s evidence of sand dunes where the huge wall was destroyed by a huge influx of water, suggesting the city could have been destroyed by a tsunami.
Describing the city, Tim continued:
The site is spread over 100 miles from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, as to age as yet we have been unable to give a fixed date for the beginning, but its end was at the last Ice Age around 10,000 years ago.
At the centre of the line of coastal cities was one gigantic inland sea 65 miles long, filled with multiple islands, some natural, others man-made.
The main complex consists of two distinct individual multi-Island platforms and one is offset from the other so that anyone on those islands can see every island in the complex.
It is unique, nowhere in our world is there anything resembling this, and the structures match exactly Plato’s dimensions with no deviation. It is absolutely spot on.
Could the lost city finally have been found?
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