Undersea archaeologists find the Lost City of Atlantis! (maybe)

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

OK, so there's these so-called "undersea archaeologists" who claim they've found what they call the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis and have released grainy images of their discovery, in the video below.

Here's how the Huffington Post reported it:

Undersea archaeologists have found the ruins of an ancient city on the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, and researchers claim that it is the fabled and lost city of Atlantis. The satellite photos do show something that could be a city, and the researchers believe that what they've found would predate the pyramids of Egypt. Indeed they claim to be able to make out a pyramid and other city-like structures from the satellite photos.

The archaeologists have so far refused to divulge their identities or the location in the Caribbean. They say they are raising money for an expedition to confirm their findings.

So, for the gullible, here are a few red flags that this is yet another "we've discovered the remains of Bigfoot" style hoax.

♦They don't say who they are. ♦They won't say where the ruins are. ♦They're trying to raise money.

As for whether Atlantis really existed, well, most ancient accounts are traceable back to Plato, who probably either made it up or repeated old stories from other people who probably made it up. Even if the stories are based on some real lost sunken civilization, it's been speculated that the accounts refer to the "lost civilizations" on the Mediterranean islands of Sicily, Crete or Sardinia, not to something in the Caribbean or the middle of the Atlantic, which is what Plato said. At least not until modern times.

(There is an alternate theory that Atlantis was really a city created by the Ancients, who relocated it from Earth to the Pegasus galaxy, but that's another story.)

Of course, we skeptics could be wrong and this could indeed be one of the archaeological discoveries of the centuries.

So what do you think?

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