Was The Lost City Of Atlantis Found?

The search for the lost city of Atlantis has been keeping scientists, researchers, and amateur historians busy for quite some time. Many claim to have finally gathered compelling evidence that proves the location of the mythical city, and one satellite company announced such a discovery recently. They spotted something that fitted the descriptions of the lost city perfectly. Could it have been that modern technology has finally uncovered the mystery of the ages?  

The Professional Treasure Hunters

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A British satellite company named Marlin Burrows prides itself on being able to find lost treasures just about anywhere. With their high-end satellite imaging, they can penetrate landscapes and locate archeological sites with great accuracy. One day, they stumbled on something intriguing in the marshlands of Spain.

Zoom In On Spain

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As per usual, the employees of Marlin Burrows were going through the images sent to them via satellite. But this time, they noticed something out of the ordinary in a place where nothing should have stood. The Donana National Park in Spain’s Andalucia region seemed to have been hiding something.

Scanning The Land

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The Marlin Burrows satellite used scanning technology and aerial photography to survey the vast wetlands of the Donana National Park. These modern techniques allowed the team of scientists to find many odd-looking circular shapes on the ground. It looked like they might be ancient ruins of some kind.

Surprising Find

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Upon better inspection, the team was able to find even more circular shapes, as well as ruins underneath the water. As soon as word got out about the findings, theories about the site being the lost city of Atlantis started springing up. The allure of the thought was certainly enticing.

The Strange Formations

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Even with the satellite scans and aerial photography, scientists could not decipher so easily what they were looking at. No city or civilization was supposed to have been there. But their research uncovered massive foundations and numerous strange shapes almost buried for no one to see. Could this really be a lost city?

The Lost Atlantis Found?

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Historians and scientists have long been searching for the mythical city of Atlantis, which many believe is much more than a myth. It looked like the site in the national park could very well be a good contender for the site of the city. The strange formations resembled something very familiar.

Defining The Structures

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The team had quite some trouble figuring out what site they were dealing with. It didn’t look like a city; it had no fortifications, only strange shapes scattered across the vast land. After much thought, they decided it must have been the remnants of a massive harbor stretching for miles into the marshland. Atlantis is said to have had a harbor too.

The Harbor Of Atlantis?

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The harbor the team had before their eyes was of incredible size. It looked like it must have been 246 feet wide and 5 ½ miles long! That is too big even by today’s standards, not to mention for an ancient civilization we know nothing about. Did Atlantis have the technology to build such an impressive structure? 

The Atlantis Myth

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According to myth, Atlantis was a city of half gods and half-humans. Their civilization was a utopian one, living on lush islands rich in precious metals and thriving. They were a naval superpower, and a big harbor must have been one of the main features of their city. But was it located in the Spanish wetlands?

The Original Location

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The myth of Atlantis was told by the philosopher Plato, more than 2,000 years ago. He stated that their civilization was a technologically advanced one, being able to construct complex canals and water-based structures. He also pinpointed the Atlantis location to somewhere between North Africa and Spain. Things were heating up for the Marlin Burrows team.

Was The Harbor Real?

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There is more to the Atlantis myth that sparked everyone’s attention. The lost city is said to have had a massive harbor with big circular structures, as well as a temple dedicated to Poseidon. Most of this matched what was discovered in the national park. It was time to investigate more thoroughly.

Time For Science

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The team at Marlin Burrows wasn’t just relying on the photos they received from the satellite. The material of the structures was sent to a laboratory for examination, and it was found to be a type of cement never seen before. What is more, the lab results showed an advanced state of metallurgy on the site, which proved to be much older than the Greek or Roman civilizations. But the skeptics were not far away.

The Skeptics

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Naturally, the exciting archeological find had many scientists and historians all up in arms. While some subscribed to the theory that this might be the site of the lost city of Atlantis, others vehemently refused the idea. They stated that the ruins likely belonged to a different ancient civilization and that Atlantis was most probably buried by the volcano eruption on the Greek island Santorini. It seemed Atlantis had no business being found in Spain.

The Movie Hype

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There was something else that fed the new Atlantis craze- the movie. The company Ingenio Films teamed up with Marlin Burrows to document the finds and suggest the theory that this indeed was the lost city everyone has been searching for. The movie, however, makes sweeping claims about mere theories. If anything, it makes the likelihood of the site being Atlantis less likely. Will we ever know the truth?

The Mystery Remains A Mystery

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Atlantis is said to have been a thriving civilization that suffered harsh fate and got buried by a natural event combining a volcano eruption and a subsequent tsunami. The city is supposed to have existed 10,000 years ago, and the myths surrounding it will never allow it to rest. People will always be searching, despite no clear evidence supporting any definitive claims. Atlantis remains a mystery once more.

Searching for a city that might have never even existed is a tough job. Being able to navigate between myth and reality and find evidence that would be unquestionable is what the researchers and historians are faced with. The very fleeting nature of the ethereal Atlantis makes it hard to grasp its existence, even though many might try as hard as they can.

Sources: Merlin BurrowsTechtimesAncient OriginsThe Daily MailNational GeographicExtreme TechCurios CosmosThe Vintage NewsIngenio FilmsTreehugger

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