November 14, 2004

Researcher: Atlantis ruins found off Cyprus

In what sounds like a real-life Clive Cussler novel or an episode of Stargate: Atlantis, American explorer and researcher Robert Sarmast claims to have located the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis off of the shores of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Sarmast says sonar scanning indicates man-made walls on the seabed, one as long as two miles.

"It is a miracle we found these walls as their location, and lengths match exactly the description of the acropolis of Atlantis provided by Plato in his writings," Sarmast said, referring to the ancient Greek philosopher.

"We have definitely found the Acropolis of Atlantis," he affirmed, adding the site was 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Cyprus.

The chief government archaeologist of Cyprus, Pavlos Flourentzos, reacted with skepticism, telling The Associated Press: "More proof is necessary."

Expect more details of this to emerge over the next few months, and I wouldn't be surprised if an expedition to the location of the ruins emerged on the National Geographic Channel or Discovery Channel didn't show up on the tube before too long.

Posted by mhking at November 14, 2004 11:53 PM

Cyrpus is not a Greek island, though many of Greek heritage live there, it is an independent nation.

Posted by: Manoula at November 15, 2004 12:20 PM

This equates to the "suspend your disbelief" logical jump that "canals" on Mars indicates evidence of past intelligent beings living there. Either there is additional archaeological evidence underwater that he is not revealing at this time, or he is not worthy of the media attention he's now getting.

Posted by: skh at November 17, 2004 08:39 AM
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