In the wake of Sandy, Immortal Monday is stepping back and taking a look at the legendary city of Atlantis, believed to be destroyed by nature’s fury. Historians and adventurers have searched for her for so long that many have thought the city to be nothing more than a myth. So famous is the legend of Atlantis that it has made its way into a plethora of books, movies and television shows.
Based on Plato’s detailed description of the long lost kingdom, the search had often focused on the Mediterranean and Atlantic, assuming that would be the best possible location. The writings of Plato are over 2600 years old and talk of an island situated in front of straits referred to as Pillars of Hercules, so it was only logical most searches focused in the same areas.
Atlantis was destroyed by a great Tsunami.
Tsunamis are not uncommon in the region. In fact, they have been documented in the area for centuries. But a Tsunami that would bury and entire city? Could Atlantis be real? At one time many thought the city of Troy to be myth. But in 1868 a German American explorer located the site, after reading Iliad and taking its words as truth. He followed the clues to the city of Troy’s location.
Between 2009 and 2010, with the aide of satellite, deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater technology, Richard Freund, a professor from the University of Hartford, Connecticut and his team set out in search of Atlantis. Satellite photos had their search focus just north of Cadiz, Spain where it appeared an ancient city may have been buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park. The significant feature of the site was that the buried city looked to be multi-ringed as Atlantis is described.
When measurements between structures on the grid where checked, they matched with what Plato had given for the monuments within the lost city. Excavation of the site will take time and money, as there is a lot of ground water to be dealt with. But small artifacts found on site and inland memorial sites found in recent years lead the team to believe they’re on the right track.
What do you think? Could the legend of Atlantis finally become a reality after all these years? If you’re a writer, has the legend ever inspired one of your story ideas?
If you are interested in taking the time and would like to find out what the team discovered, you can view the footage here in four increments of 11 ½ minutes each. It’s a very interesting watch.
I was so busy writing, blogging, and playing mom that I blew right through October and forgot to notice it was my one-year blogging anniversary. So – YAY! Thank you to everyone to reads this blog. It’s come a long way since that first month at a thousand views. Woo hoo!
Thor update: He just arrived at Louise Behiel‘s adobe in Canada. We should be hearing from him soon. It’s his last Canadian stop. Where will he go next?
Reminder: this blog will be relocating to a self-hosted site at some point near the end of the year. I hope you’ll follow us to the new digs. My fabulous designer, Laird Sapir, is working her tail off for us. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.