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Atlantis, Once Lost, Now Found

Updated on March 3, 2013

Lost City

Drawing made from Platos discription
Drawing made from Platos discription


Ever since people read the writings of Plato from 360 BC, they have been almost obsessed about finding it.

It is believed to of existed about 2600 years ago. Home to a great civilization, that according to Plato, disappeared overnight.

One of the problems is that apart from what Plato wrote, little else is known.

He wrote of a great city beyond the Pillars of Hercules. The pillars were the name in those times for the straits of Gibraltar. This has caused people to search the Atlantic Ocean and even the Caribbean Sea for signs of the lost city.

Not Under the Sea

Location of the site
Location of the site


A team of scientists, led by Dr. Rainer Kuehne, of the US, believe that they may have at last found the lost city.

However, they did not find it in the Ocean but on the main land of Spain.

By studying satellite images of a salt marsh region of southern Spain, known as Marisma de Hinojos, near the city of Cadiz, they have located what appears to be a city ringed by walls, as Plato had described.

The scientists say they were led to this area because recent excavations of nearby towns, have displayed similarities to what is expected of Atlantis.

Their theory is that about 500 – 800 BC a Tsunami destroyed Atlantis and the returning waters covered the once coastal city in silt. They believe that possible survivors of the city, moved and built the towns nearby.

Is It Atlantis?

It certainly could be. The photos seem to match the description and size Plato mentioned. It is in Southern Spain, past the Pillars of Hercules. It had only been assumed that it was under the sea somewhere.

When will we know?

That will depend, as there is a slight problem. The area concerned is located within Spain’s Donana National Park and so any archeologists will have to be very diplomatic and convincing, in order to start their excavations.

If this is Atlantis, its secrets have been hidden for 2600 years, I am sure another couple will not hurt.


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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub. I enjoyed it.


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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Rafken, I understand. This is a puzzle that has tantalized my brain for 50 of my 61 years. I wouldn't mind seeing a resolution to this in my lifetime.

      And I agree with mib56789. The resort likely looks nothing line the source of the tale.

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      mib56789 6 years ago

      Hey rafken! Enjoy reading about Atlantis. Would be cool if ever the city were ever found. Cause I'll bet the one they built in The Bahamas is nowhere near the original!

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      lone77star - Thanks for dropping by. I always enjoy your comments. I am sure you are right about the date, I wasn't too happy with mine when I wrote it. As to the rest - well, I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Another fascinating subject, Rafken. An enjoyable read.

      But I differ on the details, here. First of all, "it is believed to of existed about 2600 years ago," by whom? Plato said about 9000 years before Solon (600 BC), or 11,600 years ago!

      It amazes me that anyone would claim to have found Atlantis, but only after ignoring many of the clues Plato gave. And yet they follow some clues, cherry-picked to suit their needs.

      Plato says that Atlantis was an island. He also said that it was in the Atlantic, not next to it. He also mentioned that it was an 11-day sailing voyage from Gibraltar (Pillars of Herakles), perhaps to the capital city. For sailing ships like those of Columbus, this might place it about at the Azores, but Plato also said that Atlantis "faced" Gadira (modern Cadiz, in Southern Spain). The size he gives for the island makes it between 1 and 2 times the area of Texas.

      Well, I could write a book on this subject, but instead I would recommend two websites on the topic:

      Both have excellent material, but the second one has been at it longer and has much more.

      And my own research has turned up proof of an Atlantis-like event right when Plato said the island disappeared -- 9600 BC! And I have the geological back-story to support the possibility of Atlantis' reality.