Archaeologists say they've finally located the lost city of Atlantis

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

Has Atlantis, wiped out by a tsunami millennia ago, been found? If you ask the U.S.-led team of researchers who've unearthed what they think are tell-tale clues in the marshlands of Spain, the answer is yes. If you ask us, the answer is complicated.

And by "complicated," we mean "no." University of Hartford, Conn., professor Richard Freund has been at the head of an international research team who've recently found evidence of multiringed cities deep in the marshlands north of Cadiz, Spain—long-dead metropolises they're calling memorial cities.

The idea is, survivors of the cataclysmic event that submerged Atlantis—thought to be ancient tsunami waves—landed on the shores of Spain and then built cities that closely resembled the one they had just lost. According to Freund, who believes that this points to Atlantis having been located off Spain's southern coast:

"We found something that no one else has ever seen before, which gives it a layer of credibility, especially for archeology, that makes a lot more sense."

All of which is to say that this is, yes, probably hooey. Especially given that Plato—who described Atlantis in 360 B.C. as "an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules" which "in a single day and night ... disappeared into the depths of the sea"—probably just made the damned thing up.

(via Yahoo/Reuters)

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