According to a team of historians and satellite experts, the legendary lost city of Atlantis may have finally been discovered.
According to the Greek philosopher Plato, in his works Timaeus and Critias, Atlantis represents the antagonist naval power that besieges “Ancient Athens”.
The dialogues claim to quote Solon, who visited Egypt between 590 and 580 BC; they state that he translated Egyptian records of Atlantis.
Written in 360 BC, Plato introduced Atlantis in Timaeus by writing the following:
For it is related in our records how once upon a time your State stayed the course of a mighty host, which, starting from a distant point in the Atlantic Ocean, was insolently advancing to attack the whole of Europe, and Asia to boot. For the ocean there was at that time navigable; for in front of the mouth which you Greeks call, as you say, ‘the pillars of Heracles,’ there lay an island which was larger than Libya and Asia together; and it was possible for the travelers of that time to cross from it to the other islands, and from the islands to the whole of the continent over against them which encompasses that veritable ocean. For all that we have here, lying within the mouth of which we speak, is evidently a haven having a narrow entrance; but that yonder is a real ocean, and the land surrounding it may most rightly be called, in the fullest and truest sense, a continent. Now in this island of Atlantis there existed a confederation of kings, of great and marvelous power, which held sway over all the island, and over many other islands also and parts of the continent.
And thousands of years after the introduction of Atlantis, and despite no one ever finding solid evidence to support its existence, countless explorers and archaeologists have tried finding the legendary city.
Now, experts from a private company called Merlin Burrows examined previously found ancient ruins near the coast of Spain and suggest they once formed part of the city of Atlantis.
Many of the sites proposed now as part of Atlantis have previously been investigated by scholars, and are thought to have belonged to either the ancient Romans or Greeks.
However, experts from Merlin Burrows argue that they have found evidence that the site belonged to the mysterious Atlanteans.
The exact location where Atlantis was supposedly located according to experts from Merlin Burrows is somewhere north of the city of Cadiz, Andalucía, and centered around the Doñana National Park, which the historians believe was once a vast inland sea.
They are convinced that further evidence can be found south and north of the park, as well as 15 other settlements dotted along the coastline.
Making use of satellite images, aerial photography as well as ground observations, the experts believe they have identified all the features of Atlantis Plato described and evidence of how they were destroyed.
Even more interesting are perhaps the claims made by Merlin Burrows researchers.
Maritime historian Tim Akers, head of research at Merlin Burrows, said not only had they have found the remains of Atlantis but also found the people were incredibly advanced.
Mr. Akers explains that “‘laboratory analysis’ of material recovered from Spain showed evidence of a type of cement not seen before, as well as ancient advanced metallurgy.”
“Plato describes in detail a patina on the buildings and structures of the cities and temples making up this complex,” said Mr. Akers.
“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,” he concluded.
Experts from Merlin Burrows explain that aerial images of the site have revealed what they believe is evidence of a harbor wall – an incredible 75 meters (245 ft) thick.
“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 center 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,” explained experts.
“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. Investigations in Doñana lead to the conclusion that there have been two natural disasters (tsunamis) that caused the islands and dry areas to sink, one of which happened around 1500 BC and the other 200AD. There is also evidence of a tsunami event in the Bible.”
Researchers from Merlin Burrows have filmed a new documentary film about their exploration of the site, revealing Atlantis to the world in Atlantica.
In Atlantica, they detail and showcase to the public the number of discoveries they have made, and explore the site, and its remnants in never-before-seen footage.
In the film the experts from Merlin Burrows visit sites they believe still hold unprecedented clues about the past people that once inhabited the region, right up to the naming of the ancient town in the region Medina-Sidonia.
Considered the oldest settlement in Europe, and its name means the city of Sidon. Experts believe the word Sidon is linked to the ancient Greek God Poseidon.
And all of their discoveries were made possible thanks so Plato’s accurate description of the mysterious city.
“Plato describes the location exactly and all we did was follow in his footsteps the way ancient seafarers would have traveled to the cities. We explain why people have misunderstood the circles of Atlantis and why no one had seen these stunning complexes before,” said Mr. Akers.
“The site has both Tartessian, Greek, Phoenician, and Roman additions and our scans show multiple occupations over time till there final and ultimate destruction,” he added.
“We only present the facts and try not to delve into speculation. What is unique in our presentation is all of this material has never been seen before.”