In 360 BC, Plato introduced Atlantis in Timaeus:
“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.”
The above is the description Plato gave when he wrote about the mighty Atlanteans, an alleged, advanced civilization that existed on a landmass located somewhere ‘beyond the pillars of Hercules’.
Plato’s described eventually kick-started a global search for a civilization unlike any other.
For centuries have explorers, archeologists and treasure hunters searched for the mythical land, and some even claimed to have discovered the remnants of the mythical empire, in different parts of the world.
In the past, we’ve written about a few claims made by different groups of people who supposedly found the Atlantean remains.
One of the most talked about discoveries in recent time was supposedly made in Spain:
Others claimed that we got the description of Atlantis wrong and that the mighty empire’s remnants remain hidden in the Sahara Desert:
The search continues.
Now, Atlantis makes news again as underwater explorers claim to have found an island that sank near modern-day Gibraltar.
As reported by British newspapers, a geophysicist called Dr. Marc-Andre Gutscher has suggested a brand -new location where Atlantis may remain hidden.
After analyzing ancient texts mentioning Atlantis, Dr. Gutscher was left intrigued by the mention of the “Pillars of Heracles” – the maritime boundary of the ancient Greek world. The researcher argues that this boundary may have been what we know today as the Strait of Gibraltar – a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, separating Gibraltar and Peninsular Spain.
Located just off Cape Spartel, Dr. Gutscher argues is a submerged landmass that could well be evidence of the Atlantean Empire.
The theory was explored in Channel 5 TV series ‘Drain The Ocean’. Researchers used state-of-the-art mapping equipment to see what’s down there.
After searching the area, the researchers discovered a massive, sunken landmass.
In the documentary, Dr. Gutscher explains that Atlantis was destroyed by “strong earthquakes and floods”.
The recently-found sunken landmass would have been located on the boundary of two unstable tectonic plates, and the region was most likely prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.
“Nowhere on this mysterious island are there any lines or shapes which would indicate the presence of a great ancient city,” the narrator of the documentary explains.
And while Dr. Gutscher admitted in the documentary that “Atlantis did not exist on the tiny island of Spartel if it did exist, traces of it have not yet been found,” the mystery surrounding the region lives on.