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Lost city of Atlantis found?
PTI
London, December 18, 2009
First Published: 12:48 IST(18/12/2009)
Last Updated: 13:02 IST(18/12/2009)

Around 350 BC, Greek philosopher Plato wrote about a technically advanced city, Atlantis, which vanished under the Atlantic Ocean waves in one night. Time and time again hopes have been raised that the lost city has been found -- only for those hopes to be dashed against evidence.

Now, a team of "undersea archaeologists" has become the latest to claim that it has finally found the lost city of Atlantis beneath the Caribbean, leading British newspaper the 'Daily Mail' reported.

The anonymous scientists have released a series of images taken beneath the Caribbean, and they insist the snaps show what appear to be the ruins of a city that could pre-date Egypt's pyramids, which appeared after 2600 BC. They even told a French newspaper that one of the structures is a pyramid.

Now, the anonymous group wants to raise funds to explore the secret location where the images were taken and have not revealed the exact location, saying only that it's somewhere in the Caribbean Sea, the report said.

In fact, in Plato's account, Atlantis was a naval power lying "in front of the Pillars of Hercules" which conquered many parts of western Europe and Africa 9,000 years before the time of Solon, or approximately 9600 BC.

After a failed attempt to invade Athens, Atlantis sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune".

Though scholars dispute whether and how much Plato's story or account was inspired by older traditions, Atlantis inspires today's literature, from science fiction to comic books to films, its name having become a byword for any and all supposed advanced prehistoric lost civilisations.


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