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Atlantis: Discovered at Last?

Hemos posted more than 9 years ago | from the so-many-submissions dept.

Science 478

Henry G. writes "The BBC is reporting that recent satellite pictures may show the location of the fabled city of Atlantis, as described by Plato. It is in Southern Spain, though, and not on an island as is commonly believed. Here's an image of the concentric rings over the alleged area." This story has gotten a lot of submissions; it's worth noting that it's also shown up off Cyprus, or near Cuba, or is Crete, or... It is worth noting that that Ubar was found this way.

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Sweet (5, Funny)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355280)

So when can I get my eternal youth/healing crystal and flying fish glider thingy?

I think I see it! (4, Funny)

johansor (757636) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355288)

If I squit really hard I can see the face of Bin Laden, or Saddam or whoever it is this week!

Oh, I see... (4, Funny)

tomzyk (158497) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355387)

I can see the face of Bin Laden

Let me guess: you're in the US Army and you are just trying to start this rumor in the hopes that you get relocated out of Iraq to the beautiful beaches of Spain, right?

Re:Sweet (0, Offtopic)

zoloto (586738) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355383)

Yup, slow news day.

Rumour has it they've contacted the Atliens too (1)

BlackTriangle (581416) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355477)

Now throw your hands in the air
And wave em like you just don't care
And if you like fish and grits and all that pimp shit
Then everybody say o yea er

Am I the only one... (5, Insightful)

brejc8 (223089) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355284)

...who can't see any rings in that photo?

Re:Am I the only one... (0, Redundant)

ed_g2s (598342) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355315)

What are you? blind! They're in the bottom right, there's about seven of them: thin and black......

wait a minute....

Re:Am I the only one... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355332)

Ach! You must be looking at the wrong picture. The lower one's taken with the Circular Atlantis Polarizer(tm) on.

Re:Am I the only one... (5, Interesting)

torpor (458) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355356)

Nope, I don't see it either. I think this is one of those BBC stories that sounded good until they started writing it ...

What I don't get is why someone just doesn't go there and start having a look around? Great, we've got satellite images ... is that part of Spain really so inaccessible that we can't just call up the local museum operator and have 'em go see if they see Atlantis in their neighborhood... heh heh, okay, scratch that.

Bad Idea.

Still, this story highlights just how much we take for granted in archeology today. We can't even deal with language barriers today, here and now, and the issues they can cause for two human beings trying to understand each other ... how on Earth can we be so sure that we've interpreted a few clay tablets here and there correctly? I know this is an arcane science, with its own rules and regulations, but I can't help feeling that such fundamental issues as the difference between the word for "coastal land" and "island" could have radically confused our understanding of ancient history...

Its like, great, we've got the source, but what the heck kind of CPU does it run on, and what version of the compiler do we use to build the project with? Give someone a "snippet of C" and have them re-build the PC with it ... hmm ... odd analogy I suppose, but I'm just too lazy to smooth out the wrinkles. Like so many archaeologists before me, perhaps?

That, and the fact that most 'modern' schools of archaeology seem to have been founded by Christian Faith movements over the years, leads me to a very nasty suscpicion that we've completely misunderstood the Ancients, too many times to be sure ...

Re:Am I the only one... (2, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355357)

Am I the only one who can't see the rings in that photo?

You have to look at them in the n-ray spectrum.

KFG

Seeing what you're looking for.. (5, Insightful)

WegianWarrior (649800) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355394)

If you're looking for something spesific, it's easy to find it.. our mind is good at recognisong patterns, even when they arn't there. Off course, this is what leads people to see cities om Mars, Lenin in their shower curtain [badastronomy.com] and, in this cause, traces of Atlantis. It's called pareidolia, and it's more common than you might think.


PS: I urge everyone to visit the link and explore the site - it's a good read and quite interesting as well as funny.

Re:Am I the only one... (5, Insightful)

snkline (542610) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355424)

They are very hard to see in the top picture, but it was fairly obvious to me after a couple seconds, although you can only really see the ring pattern well on the right hand side, my brain simply extrapolated(sp?) the other side. Of course I don't think the jump from "a group of rings with two rectangles" to "ITS ATLANTIS!" is justified even if the measurements are close. Actual groundwork will have to be done to see what is really there, if artifacts indicate that there were two temples there to the correct gods (can't remember which ones even though I just read the friggin article) it may well have been the basis for Plato's Atlantis.

Maybe my college archaeology classes did pay off, I remember looking at arial RS photos back then and wondering how the hell my prof saw the things he did, but by the end I could see them too.

Re:Am I the only one... (5, Funny)

D-Cypell (446534) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355439)

You just have to look harder...

Once you find try to find..

* Waldo
* The wizard
* A scroll
* Two mermaids pleasuring each other
* Poseidon's driving license
* Plato's lost map
* Sebastian the crab
* Cowboy Neal's bathing suit

Re:Am I the only one... (4, Funny)

TXG1112 (456055) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355468)

Ob. Mallrats quote:

I'll tell you what you need is a fatty, boombatty blunt! And then I guarantee you'll see a sailboat, an ocean and maybe even some of them big-tittied mermaids doing some of that lesbian shit!

Yep (1)

programgeek (726420) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355301)

Another month, another theory of the supposable location of atlantis, if there ever was. Well, I have a question, if we discovered atlantis, could the people of slashdot move into it as a geek kingdom :D That'd be so awesome.

We've "found" it dozens of times... (5, Insightful)

ShinSugoi (783392) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355302)

And every single time, it turns out to be false. Call me a skeptic, but I seriously doubt this will truly turn out to be Atlantis.

Of course, it certainly would be cool if it was the real deal!

Re:We've "found" it dozens of times... (1, Funny)

D-Cypell (446534) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355401)

No its definatly it this time. They even found an old sign on the sea-bed that read...

"Welcome to Atlantis, Birthplace of Ariel (AKA The little mermaid.

Please drive carefully, flooding possible" ;o)

Slashdot's version of: Medical weightloss miracle! (2, Insightful)

Libertarian_Geek (691416) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355422)

Other similar headlines include:

Proof of Dark matter?
Cold Fusion Finally?
SCO's last gasp?

Is it just me, or are some /. stories starting to have tabloid feel?

Re:We've "found" it dozens of times... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355458)

"It is worth noting that Ubar was found this way."

Please note that the F is silent.

Magic Eye (3, Funny)

Agret (752467) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355303)

Hey I see it now, its a pony! No wait....its a mule....OH I see it now, it's a city. How silly of me!

Re:Magic Eye (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355475)

"its a pony! No wait....its a mule...."

What photos are you looking at? Mount Ararat [noahsarksearch.com]?

Orichalcum (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355305)

Beads. etc etc...
I am a GOD. Blah blah blah

It reminds me of Troy (5, Interesting)

Three Headed Man (765841) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355306)

They found a number of concentric rings (from the walls) in Turkey where Troy was supposed to be. Heinrich Schliemann kind of messed up the dig with heavy machinery and falsifying finding "the jewelry of Helen", but the site still had interesting archaeological finds as well.

Re:It reminds me of Troy (1)

mrtroy (640746) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355461)

It is easier to find me than Atlantis.

I appologize for the previous joke, its humor or lack thereof is sad.

This does partially make up, however, for the "is that your real name" questions I receieve from the ditzier crowd that thinks it is only a movie title.

finally at last (1)

MemoryDragon (544441) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355308)

the biggest secret of history will be revealed, were the old atlanteans already able to cook pancakes :-)

A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop (-1, Offtopic)

turgid (580780) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355310)

Mr Wiggles here givin' you a bump by bump run-down at the wide, wide world of wiggles. Coming to you from No. 1 Bimini Road, downtown Atlantis.

Blimey, just as George Clinton foretold.

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pareidolia (5, Insightful)

benploni (125649) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355313)

It's probably just pareidolia [skepdic.com]. They know what they are looking for, so they see it in highly ambiguous data. Sure it might be Atlantis, but I remain skeptical until they can produce much more unequivocal evidence.

Re:pareidolia (2, Interesting)

deadgoon42 (309575) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355368)

I agree. While I believe that remote sensing techniques can certainly show things like what it supposedly in these pictures, don't let someone tell you they are an expert and then believe them on that basis. If everyone did that then we'd believe all the nonsense that Richard Hoagland [enterprisemission.com] preaches about glass tubes on Mars and vast superstructures on the Moon.

Illusion Rings! yah! (0)

Moo Moo Cow of Death (778623) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355318)

This is obviously one of those "cross your eyes, stand on your head, say the alphabet backward while doing the hokey pokey" eye trick games, none of which I could ever see the sailboat with the little man in. I fail :P

What's this? (2, Funny)

rutger21 (132630) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355321)

Here's an image of the concentric rings over the alleged area.

Atlantis? Is that a new filter for the Gimp or something?

Look at that mountain toward the left... (3, Funny)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355325)

...you can clearly see Noah's Ark perched about three-quarters of the way up.

And the skeleton of a dove.

Re:Look at that mountain toward the left... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355361)

> And the skeleton of a dove.

That's not a dove. It's an Angel!

(Yeah, that Simpsons episode was on yesterday....)

Ahead of the game (3, Interesting)

dncsky1530 (711564) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355326)

This site [atlan.org] doesn't need "satelites" to prove atlantis exists

But these days everyone's finding [science-frontiers.com] Atlantis

The Donovan Game (1, Funny)

thuh Freak (725126) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355382)

i'm skeptic. if this is atlantis, then where is the poets, the farmers, the magicians, and the other so-called gods of our legends? though, gods they were! and as the elders of our time choose to remain blind, let us ...hail atlantis! but isn't it supposed to be 'down below the ocean: where i want to be' (repeat ad nauseum)?

Is it just me... (4, Insightful)

sirgoran (221190) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355328)

Or is anyone else having Heraldo and the vaults of Capone flashbacks?

(we found it! we found it! Oh, crap...)

-Goran

Re:Is it just me... (2, Funny)

ActiveSX (301342) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355448)

Watch as we reveal the mystery of Al Capone's glove compartment...

"AH HA! Road Maps!!!"

I blame Plato for all this confusion (2, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355331)

Why could he not have just whipped out what ever passed for hand held GPS at the time and provided map co-ordinates ? He might have been a decent philosopher but he was a crap travel writer.

Re:I blame Plato for all this confusion (1)

FraggedSquid (737869) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355354)

Translated entry from Plato's "Roungh Guide to the World"
Atlantis: Mostly Harmless

I can see it! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355338)

It's a sailship!

\Mallrats

Indy anyone? (2, Interesting)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355345)

This article reminds me of the great Lucasgame Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

Screeny here: http://www.sebelinteractive.de/scummvm/images/shot s/indy4_7.jpg

I hope there will be something interesting to find down there :)

Re:Indy anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355366)

Is it really that hard to use some HTML and make that an actual link, fucktard?

Re:Indy anyone? (1, Funny)

dinivin (444905) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355398)


Screeny?!? What, are you 10? It's called a screenshot.

Dinivin

Re:Indy anyone? (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355412)

Tomato, tomatoe, it's not that important man, calm down.

ontopic: I wonder if they will find anything interesting, such as a new powersource or new ways of using materials.
Maybe I've been reading too much books ^-^

I found it too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355347)

And anyone can see the concentric rings :

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF -8 &q=north+pole+of+mars

Plato the story teller (5, Insightful)

Ghost-in-the-shell (103736) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355349)


It might be important to note that the sory of Atlantis could and is most likly just that a story. Plato like Homer was a great story teller, he was also had an great impact on many Academic Disciplines.

While Homers story of The Illiad was based on the real war that happened in Troy, we have no conclusive prof that an island of Atlantis existed. This discovery may provide evidence of the fabled city, but I won't hold my breath just yet.

Re:Plato the story teller (5, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355437)

It might be important to note that the sory of Atlantis could and is most likly just that a story.

You think? Gee, I don't know. I'm inclined to believe that prefacing the story of Atlantis with a disertation on the value of constructing false histories for the moral instruction of youth and the less sophisticated of the populace and then employing all the standard literary devices of the time to denote that the story being told was instructional myth is purely coincidental.

KFG

Santorini? (4, Interesting)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355351)

I always thought that Santorini and its adjacent islands were "Atlantis": it was one big island,but it went pompeii and thus you get a big ring of smaller islands. They have excavated and found ancient stuff, of course, etc. Same with Crete. How far do you think the story of Atlantis travelled geographically?

maybe i'm stpid, but... (4, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355352)

how do they confirm it is atlantis?

will they find a stone fragment with the words "downtown atlantis, exit 43" in ancient greek?

no seriously: how does a mythical city of unknown location be "proven" to be this old city versus that old city?

why can't their find of this ancient city stand on its own as exciting and important? why link it to a dubious unprovable myth?

it seems to me that there is no way to say either this city or that one is atlantis itself, or am i missing something

Troy. (2, Insightful)

jotaeleemeese (303437) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355445)

It was believed to be a mythical place, thanks in great part to the Illiad, but it was eventually found.

The same could be said of some of the biblic places.

And who knows? We may find one day a place that inequivoably is identified as Atlantis.

One Atlantis of Many? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355359)

It strikes me that there will be many cities lost to flooding throughout history. Just because they've found one sunken city doesn't mean that it's the same city Plato was talking about, surely?

IIRC, the Greeks attributed their stories of Atlantis to a travelling Egyptian. So even the Greeks got the information second hand, and probably wouldn't have been able to uniquely identify Atlantis.

The neatest thing about this, IMHO... (5, Interesting)

Dagny Taggert (785517) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355360)

would be if we discovered a very old, very advanced civilization that threw historians a curveball. For example, what if some ancient civilization was just as advanced as us but nuked themselves out of existence? This could explain much: the gods of Greek mythology, etc. Just a thought.

Whoa (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355364)

I'm not a geological historian, but it seems that (despite the annual claims of finding this place) there's a lot more evidence than usual. It's kind of interesting. Working off of the evidence Plato left us, this place seems to fit the bill a heck of a lot more than Schlieman's so called "Troy."

How do you find... (3, Funny)

Coos (580883) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355365)

... the location of an allegorical tale to teach us the evils of materialism?

Re:How do you find... (1)

Hittite Creosote (535397) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355416)

the location of an allegorical tale to teach us the evils of materialism?

This is Slashdot. Try either Richmond, Washington or Lindon, Utah.

Oh brother, here we go again (5, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355374)

"This is the only place that seems to fit [Plato's] description," he told BBC News Online.

Except for its not being an island and all the other bits we ignored to make the data fit the model.

KFG

I, for one... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355376)

Welcome our new Atlantian overlords.

Mediteranean Rising (2, Interesting)

Gleef (86) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355377)

The Mediteranean Sea has been rising for as long as it's existed (it's essentially a big basin that's filling from the other water sources around it). Cities have been built on the coast of the Mediteranean for millenia.

If we call any sunken city in the Mediteranean "Atlantis", we'll never get any work done. There are just too many of them.

I do wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355379)

If Atlantisians were such an advanced civilisation, why did the build their civilisation on a dodgy piece of real estate? Surely, they would have known about volcanic islands and the danger of land sinkage,

Re:I do wonder... (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355473)

The RE/MAX rep assured them that eveything was fine, and they had to move fast to close the deal.

Atlantis: Discovered Again? (3, Informative)

virve (63803) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355380)

I think there was a error in the headline. It should read:

Atlantis: Discovered Again?

It makes the story more consistent with facts.

--
virve

no rings, no rectangles... (5, Funny)

UnderAttack (311872) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355384)

I can't make out rings nor rectangles in that
picture. But I clearly see a big cache of WMD in the lower left corner.

The inevitable outcome (1)

AppHack (622902) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355389)

Then Geraldo excavates the lost city of Atlantis on live television and finds ...

... Al Capone's vault.

stargate (1)

millahtime (710421) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355391)

oh no, what does this do to Sci Fi channels Stargate: Atlantis.

Re:stargate (1)

rlp (11898) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355427)

So Sci-Fi channel is doing a new series about an elite team or explorers who travel through the Stargate to ... Spain?? No doubt in search of a lost recipe for paella.

Finally, we have the evidence (1)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355397)

Incontrovertible proof of the weapons of mass destruction.

Re:Finally, we have the evidence (0)

NickeB (763713) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355464)

Destroying mass is against the laws of physics, clearly these atlanteans are up to something nasty.

disbelievers unite (1, Funny)

x_tender (771845) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355403)

No. This is not Atlansis at all. That's a simple targeting area for ancient spacemen to practice. To drop SPace Marines, or may be some bombs. Be a sceptic. There was not Atlantis at all.

Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9355406)

Never trust anyone who tries to prove anything with stades. The truth is that we have no idea what the length of a stade really is.

The modern value is based on the estimate of the circumference of the earth by the ancient greeks. This value is then used to prove how amazingly accurate their estimation was. Bit of a circular argument really.

So the suggestion that a stade could be 20% out and that would make this Atlantis is just optimistic. It could very well be 50% out in the other direction making this an odd but decidedly non-mythical bit of Spain.

Obviously.... (2, Funny)

gilroy (155262) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355415)

... this is just a PR stunt by the Sci Fi Channel to hype their new series, Stargate: Atlantis.

Antiquity link (5, Interesting)

rwebb (732790) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355418)

The original Antiquity article is here [antiquity.ac.uk].

Aside from a great deal of speculation about correlations between Egyptian records, tales of the Peoples of the Sea, and a selective reading of the Dialogues, the only "data" the author points to are the satellite images which may be the remains of rectangular structures. Nothing in situ to indicate dating.

As there is almost certainly evidence of Bronze Age settlements practically anywhere one cares to dig along the Mediterranean coast of Spain, this article is roughly the equivalent of speculating that an unattributed burial in a 6th century Wessex tomb must necessarily be the remains of Arthur.

Final truth? (2, Interesting)

Dexter77 (442723) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355440)

So, in near future we will have dozen places that claim to be Atlantis. Is this going to be as with Santa Claus. There are atleast ten different countries claiming to be Santa's home countries.

How do you define which is the real Atlantis? I bet there are many forgotten cities that distantly match description written almost 3000 years ago.

Can Atlantis be identified without a doubt? If so, then how?

Just fudge the numbers (5, Insightful)

Wizzo1138 (769692) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355446)

I love this part:
...the ancient unit of measurement used by Plato - the stade - may have been 20% larger than traditionally assumed. If the latter is true, one of the rectangular features on the "island" matches almost exactly the dimensions given by Plato for the temple of Poseidon.
And if the mile is 10000% larger than we tradtionally assume, I only have a one-mile trip to work.

Yeah right. Atlan-TIS is in the Atlan-TIC (5, Interesting)

cardshark2001 (444650) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355459)

Scientists are bound and determined to place Atlantis ANYWHERE except in the middle of the Atlantic, where it is.

There's a chain of islands called the Mid Atlantic ridge, which, if the water level were lowered 300-500 feet (as it was before the end of the ice age) would be a very large island. You could even call it an island continent.

Plato said atlantis was 9000 years before him, or about 11,500 years ago. We've only learned in the past couple of decades that almost exactly at that time, the mean temperature of the earth raised a significant amount in a short amount of time. If a bunch of ice (North America had a mile-thick layer of ice) melted all at once, and you lived on an island continent, it would seem that your island sank into the ocean.

Someday I'll be proven correct. I just know it.

Excavating the site (2, Interesting)

cjellibebi (645568) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355460)

Dr Kuehne said he hoped to attract interest from archaeologists to excavate the site. But this may be tricky. The features in the satellite photo are located within Spain's Donana national park.
Would excavating what could be a lost city really wreck a national park? Archaeologists try and be as non-intrusive as possible, and their methods of digging holes are so gentle that they use a toothbrush-like brush to move the dirt. So even if nothing was found after an extensive dig, there would be virtually no ecological damage. And if the city of Atlantis really was found and they decided to excavate everything that could possibly be in Plato's description, would that effect the ecology of the area (providing they did not turn the area into a museum)?

too late, sorry (1)

antani (303498) | more than 9 years ago | (#9355474)

atlantisdiscovered.org [atlantisdiscovered.org]

Sardinia island (mediterran sea) is atlantis, sorry.
That's the truth and if you read Plato and Homerus, you will find that this big isle is atlantis !
Land is moving, sardinia too and the actual position is NOT the ancient position.
tween Sicily and Africa, as described by Plato)

Italians do it better
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