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Posted on Saturday, October 14 - 2006

Rome, October 13 - Top scholars have gathered in Rome this week to discuss the exciting and controversial idea that Sardinia is the lost island of Atlantis . The theory, developed in a book by the Italian journalist Sergio Frau, has drawn international acclaim but also fuelled heated criticism .Despite selling 30,000 copies in Italy, a detailed 20-point appeal by 250 academics has dismissed the book, claiming it sensationalizes Sardinian history .But the theory received a major boost last year, when the United Nations cultural heritage body UNESCO organized a symposium on the issue in Paris, suggesting the idea was worth serious consideration. Academics, archaeologists, geologists and historians from across Italy are now meeting in Rome's Accademia dei Lincei tolook at the theory in closer depth and discuss possible paths of future research .The meeting has also been timed to coincide with the opening of an exhibition on Frau's ideas, originally shown in Paris last year.

"Atlantika" uses Frau's book, "The Pillars of Hercules", as a springboard for exploring theories and ideas on the legendary island and its whereabouts. Neither the location nor the existence of Atlantis have ever been confirmed .The first documented mention of the island dates back to ancient Greek philosopher Plato - circa 427-347 BC - who said it was destroyed by a natural disaster, possibly a tsunami .Traditional theories have placed it somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean because Plato said it was beyond the Pillars of Hercules which, according to another ancient writer, Erathosthenes, were at the Strait of Gibraltar .But Frau believesErathosthenes, a librarian and geographer who lived in Alexandria in the third and second centuries BC, got it wrong and that the Pillars of Hercules were actually on Sicily .Frau had his brainwave after seeing a print of two maps of the Mediterranean as it was in the Bronze Age .One showed Tunisia and Sicily almost touching; the other, of the Straits of Gibraltar, was remarkably similar .Frau thinks Erathosthenes moved the pillars because in the 120 years between Plato's era and his, the Greek world changed dramatically, and the strait between Sicily and Africa was no longer at the outer reaches of the Empire .

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Posted on Wednesday, May 08 - 2013

A large mass of granite has been discovered on the sea floor off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.The discovery suggests that a large continent once existed at a location in the Atlantic Ocean where some believe the legendary Atlantis was located. Described by the Greek philosopher Plato, Atlantis was said to have been a highly advanced civilization that was destroyed when the island sunk in to the sea 12,000 years ago. Despite concerted efforts by archaeological teams and researchers from all over the world no trace of thefabled civilization has ever been found."South America and Africa used to be a huge, unified continent," said Professor Shinichi Kawakami.

"The area in question may have been left in water as the continent was separated in line with the movements of plates." On the topic of Atlantis however he was a little more skeptical. "The concept of Atlantis came way before geology of the modern age was established," he said. "We should not jump to the Atlantis (conclusion) right away." "A large mass of granite has been found on the seabed off the coast of Rio de Janeiro,suggesting a continent may have existed in the Atlantic Ocean, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and the Brazilian government announced."  

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Posted on Tuesday, July 26 - 2011

Scientists believe that have finally discovered the whereabouts of the fabled lost city of Atlantis.Satellite imagery was used to survey a submerged city north of Cadiz in Spain where the multi-ringed Atlantis has allegedly been uncovered in the marshlands of Dona Ana Park. It is thought that Atlantis was wiped outby a massive tsunami thousands of years ago.

A US 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.  

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Posted on Wednesday, March 16 - 2011

Analysis of underwater remains of a suspected ancient city leads research team to Southern Spain.Mud flats located in Southern Spain are potentially the final resting place of the legendary lost city of Atlantis. A team of geologists has reviewed radar data collected in 2009 and areusing it to back up the theory that natives of Atlantis that survived the city"s watery fate (likely a tsunami, the researchers believe) traveled north and built "memorial cities".

The team"s findings will be reported on a special produced by National Geographic called "Finding Atlantis". To solve the age-old mystery, the team analyzed satellite imagery of a suspected submerged city just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of theDona Ana Park, they believe that they pinpointed the ancient, multiringed dominion known as Atlantis.  

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