Deluge of Atlantis

Deluge of Atlantis
Deluge of Atlantis

Monday, March 14, 2011

"Atlantis [Tartessos], Lost City Swamped By Tsunami, May Be Found "

[An important consideration right off is that this is speaking of the site of a different tradition, a city in the South of Spain called Tartessos, with a different mythology and a different history to the Atlantis story, that the theory has been advanced long ago several times and already discounted several times-DD]

The Huffington Post, March 14, 2011
Atlantis, Lost City Swamped By Tsunami, May Be Found

First Posted: 03/13/11 02:07 PM Updated: 03/14/11 10:29 AM

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (Reuters) - A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain.

"This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher Richard Freund told Reuters.

"It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about," said Freund, a University of Hartford, Connecticut, professor who lead an international team searching for the true site of Atlantis.

To solve the age-old mystery, the team used a satellite photo of a suspected submerged city to find the site just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of the DoƱana Park, they believe that they pinpointed the ancient, multi-ringed dominion known as Atlantis.

The team of archeologists and geologists in 2009 and 2010 used a combination of deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater technology to survey the site.

Freund's discovery in central Spain of a strange series of "memorial cities," built in Atlantis' image by its refugees after the city's likely destruction by a tsunami, gave researchers added proof and confidence, he said.

Atlantis residents who did not perish in the tsunami fled inland and built new cities there, he added.

The team's findings will be unveiled on Sunday in "Finding Atlantis," a new National Geographic Channel special.

While it is hard to know with certainty that the site in Spain in Atlantis, Freund said the "twist" of finding the memorial cities makes him confident Atlantis was buried in the mud flats on Spain's southern coast.

"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 said.

Greek philosopher Plato wrote about Atlantis some 2,400 years ago, describing it as "an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules," as the Straits of Gibraltar were known in antiquity. Using Plato's detailed account of Atlantis as a map, searches have focused on the Mediterranean and Atlantic as the best possible sites for the city.

Tsunamis in the region have been documented for centuries, Freund says. One of the largest was a reported 10-story tidal wave that slammed Lisbon in November, 1755.

Debate about whether Atlantis truly existed has lasted for thousands of years. Plato's "dialogues" from around 360 B.C. are the only known historical sources of information about the iconic city. Plato said the island he called Atlantis "in a single day and night... disappeared into the depths of the sea."

Experts plan further excavations at the site where they believe Atlantis is located and at the mysterious "cities" in central Spain 150 miles away to more closely study geological formations and to date artifacts.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)

Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.

There are some theories about Atlantis that keep resurfacing, including the identificartion of Atlantis with Tunisia, with Minoan Crete and this theory identifying it with Tartessos in Spain. All of them fall for the same reasons-the story is altered to fit the site, the mathematics are altered by changing the numbers, and the fact that a separate tradition is already attached to the candidate area would seem to nullify the identification automatically. In the case of the maths, for some reason these theorists do not realize that the figures as given are in an absolute relationship to one another and the values cannot be altered by a single alteration and still make sense. In the common instance of decreasing all the numbers by a factor of ten, you have an area of inhabited plain stated to have a certain measure of width by breadth resulting in a certain number of sections with a certain number of inhabitants. You cannot divide all the figures by ten and keep the relationship. If you divide the length and with by ten, you have not divided the area by ten but by a hundred. The 1 percent of the given area cannot possibly support the ten percent given population once you have divided the full amount by ten also. And you cannot divide the chronology by ten by the same token. It will not have any meaning that will be consistent internally.

The Tartessos theory was the favorite one used by L. Sprague deCamp in Lost Continents (1950) and it has always been refused by scientists on the grounds of insuffient evidene. The fact that the settlements of Tartessos have been identified is good news, but Tartessos is still not Atlantis and cannot be made to fit with Plato's accounts. That it was destroyed in a Tsunami is probaby significant because we also have other traces of probably the same tsunami on other parts of the Atlantic shoreline-but we need the dates for the deposits to know for sure. That there were a series of "Memorial cities" which replicated the plan of Plato's city of Atlantis is interesting: but they are found in other areas as well and the oldest ones date to before 8000 BC. And Tartessos was in fact called Tartessos and not Atlantis.

Best Wishes, Dale D.

1 comment:

  1. Comment submitted via email:
    "Interesting argument. I happen to agree and we have yet to find Atlantis[in Tartessos or Minoan Crete, etc.]
    Regards, Kathleen"


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