ATLANTIS could have been located in Andalucia, a breakthrough by Spanish archaeologists has revealed.
Evidence for the existence of an ancient civilisation linked to the lost city has been found in the Donana National Park.
Known as the Tartessos – a wealthy society that existed between the 11th and 7th centuries BC – their discovery has fuelled hopes Atlantis may soon be located.
“Atlantis is not exactly where the CSIC (Spain’s Higher Council for Scientific Study) is looking, but it is close,” explained Georgeos Diaz-Montexano, an archaeologist and Atlantis expert.
“Evidence is mounting that suggests the story of Atlantis was not mere fiction, fable or myth, but a true story as Plato always maintained.”
The Tartessian civilization – which became rich trading gold and silver from local mines – has long been linked by mythologists to the Atlantis legend.
Previously, historians had dismissed the region as a possible site believing that it had been submerged since the ice age.
But the new evidence suggests the waters may have receded in time for the Tartessians to build an urban centre, which was later destroyed in a tsunami.
Specifically, the Hinojos marshes, an area close to the mouth of the Guadalquiver river, have now been identified as the likely site.