Herodotus Returns

Atlantis found in Southern Spain?
January 22, 2010, 11:32 am
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Recent aerial photos of a marshy Andalusian parkland provide evidence of a 3,000-year-old lost city that may have links with the lost city of Atlantis, say archaeologists from Spain’s Higher Council for Scientific Study (CSIC).

The settlement in Donaña National Park has been traced back to the civilization of Tartessos, an extravagantly wealthy civilization which flourished from 11th – 7th century BC, predating the Phoenicians in the southern Iberian peninsula. Tartessos, ruled by a legendary king Arganthonios, dominated lucrative gold and silver trade routes with the Greeks and Pheonicians during the Bronze Age.

The aerial images of broad circular and rectangular forms pinpoint an area where the Guadalquiver river flows into the Atlantic. Archaeologists have found (less-significant) evidence of Tartessian civilization on the other side of the river. As Sebastian Celestino, the archaeologist leading the project told the newspaper El Pais: “If they existed on the other side, they must also have been here (in Donaña).” This location of Tartessos is supported in literary accounts by Greek geographers such as Strabo.

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