US: An international research team led by Professor Richard Freund at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, has located the lost island, which historians think was buried underwater by flooding thousands of years ago. “This is the power of tsunamis,” Freund said. The team used radar technology, digital mapping and satellite imagery.
The team’s discovery, revealed on the National Geographic as “Finding Atlantis,” has been in the works since 2009, when the researchers began investigating a satellite image that seemed to show a city buried beneath a marshland in southern Spain. By finding a regular pattern under the surface not normally found in nature, Freund’s team believed that the city is located in the swampy region of Dona Ana Park. That apparently man-made pattern led Freund to hypothesise he had found the spot where Atlantis was buried in mud after being submerged by a natural disaster.
The proof, he said, was the discovery of over 100 “memorial sites” near the area, which he believed were created by residents in honour to their destroyed city. “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,” Freund told.
Greek philosopher Plato, the source of the Atlantis legend, described it as an island “larger than Libya and Asia put together” in 360 B.C. Based on Plato’s clues, historians have speculated about the location of Atlantis for centuries, though no one has confirmed the island’s existence.