"In a single day and night [Atlantis]… disappeared into the depths of the sea."
This is the historical account from Plato some 2,600 years ago describing the Lost City of Atlantis, which was wiped out by a giant natural disaster in 9,000 B.C.
Today, beneath the marshlands of Doñana in Southern Spain researchers may have found Atlantis, according to a new documentary by the National Geographic.
The film, “Finding Atlantis,” followed an international research team lead by U.S. Professor Richard Freund from Hartford University in Connecticut who believes the city was wiped away by a giant tsunami that swept 60 miles inland.
The team used ground-penetrating satellite images to discover the ruins buried in the swampy earth. The marshland, known as Dona Ana Park, is where the team believes they have found the ancient city.
In 2009 and 2010, the team of archeologists and geologists used a combination of deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater technology to survey the site.
Freund's discovery in central Spain of a strange series of "memorial cities," built in Atlantis' image by its refugees after the city's likely destruction by a tsunami, gave researchers added proof and confidence, he said.
Atlantis residents who did not perish in the tsunami fled inland and built new cities there, he added.
Some are just not convinced.
According to an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Juan Villarías-Robles, an anthropologist with the Spanish government's scientific research body, CSIC, who was a part of Freunds research team, says Professor Freund appeared to have sensationalized their work.
Villarías-Robles, also dismissed claims of the "memorial cities," and said his team planned to offer their own conclusions later this year.
"He left and the film company told us the documentary would be finished in April or May. But we did not hear from him and are very surprised it has appeared so soon and makes such fanciful claims."
Debates over the existence of Atlantis have been ongoing for thousands of years. Hypotheses over the whereabouts of the Lost City have concentrated in or near the Mediterranean Sea, in the Atlantic Ocean and Europe.