Lost city of Atlantis found in Andalucia

After thousands of years of searching, the long-lost city under the sea has been found. A U.S.-led team of archeologists and geologists think they have found Atlantis -- but critics say the search is still on.

National Geographic ran a special about Richard Freund and his search for the ancient city -- said to be engulfed by the sea after a series of earthquakes and tsunamis thousands of years ago. One thing that is largely agreed upon -- the ancient city is under or around the Doñana Park in Cadiz, Spain. (Video: National Geographic)

“Kuehne observes strange circular patterns in a satellite photograph of the Doñana mud flats. Comparing the photograph to the detailed descriptions of Plato, Kuehne becomes convinced that the Lost City is here in Southern Spain.” (National Geographic)

As exciting as this new information might be, the Daily Mail reminds us -- this isn’t the first time Atlantis has been “found.” Actually, it happens quite often -- all over the world.

“In 1997, Russian scientists claimed to have found it 100 miles off Land's End. Three years later, a ruined town was found under 300ft of water off the north coast of Turkey in the Black Sea. … And as recently as February of this year, what appeared to be grid-like lines that resembled city streets were spotted on Google Earth - in the ocean off the coast of Africa.”

And then come the skeptics. CBS suggests the timing of the announcement might have something to do with the premier of the TV special.

“There are, as readers will no doubt guess, a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘maybes’ in the report. Critical readers may also not be surprised that this announcement precedes the premier of ‘Finding Atlantis,’ a new special on the National Geographic Channel starring Freund and his team.”

And the only real proof anyone has of Atlantis’ existence comes from 2,700-year-old writings from Plato. Just a couple of lines about the city has had scientists reeling for evidence ever since.

But KTVI in St. Louis highlights the reason why this particular team thinks they’ve finally solved the mystery.

ANCHOR 1: “To solve the age-old mystery archeologists used a combination of deep ground radar digital mapping and underwater technology to survey the site of the suspected submerged city.”
ANCHOR 2: “And they later discovered in central Spain a strange series of memorial cities built in Atlantis’ image. Researchers say these were likely built by Atlantis residents who escaped the tsunami and fled inland.”

But it’s not just the finding under scrutiny. As the Telegraph reports - there’s a side story to Freund’s research. A Spanish scientist tells the Telegraph...

“[Freund] became involved in what we were doing and provided funding for probes through his connections with National Geographic and Associated Producers. 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.”

Freund tells Reuters, Atlantis is the prime example of how powerful tsunamis can be -- strong enough to wipe out entire islands up to 60 miles inland. So... has Atlantis been found? Or is the Lost City still -- lost?