They say it was the most advanced society in the world: the most powerful army and navy, the most incredible architecture and riches beyond imagination.
And, they say it vanished in a single day and a single night.
The most extraordinary civilization, lost forever.
And what if this astonishing tale was true?
The discovery of Atlantis would change history. Myth would become reality. And we would meet for the first time an advanced culture, one that changes what we know about the progress of Western civilization.
Now, the impossible may be in our grasp...Archeologists have identified a stele that may have stood at the entrance of this very city. It records a symbol suggestive of Atlantis; carved in stone is what looks to be an Atlantean warrior, guarding the entrance to the lost, multi-ringed city.
Finding Atlantis follows a team of Spanish, American and Canadian scientists as they employ satellite space photography, ground penetrating radar, underwater archaeology, and historical sleuthing in an effort to find a lost civilization.
Calgary-based Geophysicist Paul Bauman is one of those scientists examining the ancient site. "I'm a lot like a radiologist on a surgical team - I can provide archeologists with a lot of information, non-intrusively," says Bauman.
In the vast mudflats of the Guadalquivir river delta, scientists examined strange geometric shadows of what look to be the remains of a ringed city. Here, Bauman and others employed the most advanced imaging technologies in the world to determine whether or not an ancient cataclysm suddenly buried a thriving civilization under metres and metres of ocean and mud.
"There is evidence of cataclysmic events happening in that region over the course of history. There's no question about earthquake hazards and a tsunami specifically hitting this exact spot. There is also evidence further inland of memorial sites established by refugees fleeing such a cataclysm," says Bauman.
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Archeologists also discovered two statuettes from the Phoenician period. "They are beautiful pieces of human creation - they definitely set the tone of an advanced and highly cultured civilization."
As for what links these findings to Atlantis? "The geographical context set by Plato points to this general area. Plato describes Atlantis as being West, beyond the Pillars of Hercules. It was a known centre of metallurgy. Certainly the local delta gives access to copper, lead, zinc and gold mines - consistent with this idea."
Plato also says that Atlantis once faced a city called Gadara. "Gadara" is the ancient name for modern Cadiz. Here, catamarans and dive boats take team of marine archaeologists and geologists deep into the ocean off the coast of Spain. They employed sonar and scuba in search of sub-surface man-made structures dating back to the Bronze Age.
Using Plato's detailed account of the mysterious city as a treasure map, Finding Atlantis searches the Mediterranean and Atlantic for the best possible location for Atlantis. It then employs state-of the art computer graphics to literally reconstruct the lost world.