In news that has stunned the world, a scientist announced this weekend that he had found the lost city of Atlantis. Dr. Rainer Kuehne says that satellite images of southern Spain show the remains of a city clearly matching Plato’s description of Atlantis.
Atlantis has been found quite often. In 2003 a researcher thought he’d found it off the coast of France, sunk to the bottom of the sea during the geological upheaval at the end of the Ice Age. Other theories hold that Antarctica is in fact Atlantis. In 2001, the Straits of Gibraltar were named as a likely site. And so it goes on.
The satellite images, pictures of a salt marsh near Cadiz, show two features that look sort of rectangular, and something that could be part of a ring running around the structures.
“We have in the photos concentric rings just as Plato described,” Dr Kuehne told BBC News Online. Atlantis also had a huge temple, built for “Poseidon himself, a stade in length, three hundred feet wide, and proportionate in height, though somewhat outlandish in appearance,” according to Plato’s text. Kuehne suggests that the rectangular structures are the remains of the temple of Poseidon and another built to Cleito and Poseidon.
Our theory has some solid backing from a chap called Tony Wilkinson, an expert in the use of remote sensing in archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. He told the BBC “A lot of the problems come with interpretations. I can see something there and I could imagine that one could interpret it in various ways. But you’ve got several leaps of faith here.”
Kuehne says that he’d like to excavate the site, and is hoping to attract enough scientific interest to mount an expedition.