Tuesday, November 16, 2004


Expedition claims Atlantis found


The Daily Telegraph
From correspondents in Nicosia, Cyprus
November 15, 2004

US researcher Robert Sarmast claimed today to have found proof the mythical lost city of Atlantis existed and said it was located under the Mediterranean seabed between Cyprus and Syria.His team claims to have found man-made structures about 1.5km below sea level and 80km off the southeast coast of Cyprus.

"It's been a long road to get to this point, but today it is all worth it. If this isn't it (Atlantis), what is?" Mr Sarmast said from his base in the southern port city of Limassol.

After researching the whereabouts of the lost city for over a decade, Mr Sarmast undertook an expedition to find Atlantis. Following an intensive search, he now says he has found his holy grail.

"We cannot yet provide tangible proof in the form of bricks and mortar, as the artefacts are still buried under several metres of sediment, but the circumstantial and other evidence is now irrefutable," he said today.

"We hope that future expeditions will be able to uncover the sediment and bring back physical proof."

He said extra investment of at least $US250,000 ($326,000) was needed to take the expedition to the next level.

In his book Discovery of Atlantis, Mr Sarmast argued Cyprus was once part of a lost continent - its highest peak - and said his findings matched almost perfectly every clue in Plato's description of the legendary city state.

Plato's famed account in Timaeus and Critias is the sole source of the Atlantis myth dating back to 9000 BC.

The privately-funded $US200,000 ($260,000) expedition hopes to confound sceptics by bringing back scientific side-scan sonar data to support evidence revealing man-made structures such as a 3km wall.

Plato said an epochal flood "swallowed up" the mountainous island of Atlantis.

The US researcher argues there is scientific proof of a catastrophic flood in the entire Mediterranean basin that closed the sea off from the Atlantic.

Other theories place the lost civilisation in the South China Sea, the Azores, the Aegean or the Atlantic Ocean. Greek mythology has it Atlantis was destroyed as punishment by Zeus for the greed and corruption that befell the city.


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