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Lost City of Atlantis: Has it Been Found?
David Hope
Mar 14, 2011, 11:05

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Has the lost city of Atlantis finally been found? The legendary, possibly mythical metropolis was said to have been swamped by a tsunami - and now - some explorers believe that the city may have been located in the mud flats of southern Spain.

According to Reuters, a US-led research team used satellite photos, deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater technology to zero in on the region they believe to be the site where the city once stood.

While the findings are not yet conclusive, head researcher Richard Freund believes that this is not just another red herring. "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 Reuters.

Bolstering Freund's confidence is the recent discovery of �memorial cities� in the area surrounding the site in Spain, built in the same style as the lost city. It is postulated that survivors of the tsunami fashioned these cities to emulate the multi-ringed splendor of their now-submerged home.

The only known source of information on Atlantis comes from Plato's �dialogues,� in which he describes the city as "an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules," otherwise known as the Straits of Gibraltar. Search efforts have always focused on the Mediterranean and Atlantic. Because of the scarcity of available writings, however, it has long been debated whether or not the city actually existed.

Further excavations have been planned at the site, located in the expansive marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, as well as at various locations 150 miles away where the mysterious �memorial cities� were built.

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