This article first appeared in ancient-code.com and is written by Ivan Petricevic
Atlantis has been deeply connected to adventurous journeys, travels to the unknown and great treasures. All of this has attracted Indiana Jones-type archaeologists to look for this ancient mythological civilization and while some claim to have found evidence of the existence of Atlantis, many people believe this incredible ancient city is, in fact, the product of story, an invention by Greek philosopher Plato in his works Timaeus and Critias.
But a German computer programmer called Michael Hubner believes Atlantis isn’t a myth, but the ancient city actually existed and Hubner thinks he actually discovered where Atlantis is hidden. Hubner believes Atlantis never ‘sank’ and was actually overwhelmed by a giant tsunami which when receded, left the remains undiscovered, near the coast of Marrakesh.
Atlantis has been the topic of debate for over 2,500 years among philosophers, historians and archaeologists; it was described as a powerful and highly advanced kingdom that sank in one day and one night, never to be seen or heard from again, somewhere around 9600 B.C. according to Plato.
Some scholars suggest that Atlantis was located at the Greek island of Santorini; destroyed by a volcanic eruption around 1,600 B.C. But Greek philosopher Plato described Atlantis in size, as Libya and Asia Minor put together, suggesting it was located somewhere in the Atlantic, beyond the Pillars of Hercules.
The German Computer expert formed his theory based on mathematics which helped him calculate the precise geographic coordinates where the lost city can be found.
Hubner’s quest for Atlantis was long as he gathered data and information from Plato’s ancient writings look meticulously through the smallest clues that could help him pinpoint the ancient ‘lost’ city of Atlantis. The German researcher used ‘clues’ written down by Plato identifying 51 ‘details’ and used them to calculate the coordinates where Atlantis lays hidden.
Clues from Plato included that Atlantis was located ‘near the sea’ and had several ring-like structures surrounding its center. Also, one of the most important details is the fact that Atlantis is said to have been located 3,100 miles from Athens, including regions in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Other details provided were that Atlantis was not located anywhere in Europe, nor was it located in Asia, having huge mountains. Morocco has the Atlas Mountains. Interestingly, it is said that Atlantis was located west of Egypt and Tyrrhenia.
After putting together all of the clues, Hubner incorporated the measurements into a computer and used a map which divided the area into 400 squares.
After gathering clues and using math to aid his search, Hubner marked the areas with the most characteristics coming out with ONE specific region: The Souss Massa plain located in Morocco.
Hubner grabbed the coordinates and went looking for Atlantis on his own. There, he found what appeared to be many of the characteristics of Atlantis described 2,600 years ago by Plato.
What Hubner found in Morocco made a compelling case at least on paper. The site was located in a desert basin just seven miles from the sea. In the center, there was a small mound, very similar to the raised area at the heart of Atlantis described by Plato 2,600 years ago. Surrounding it, there were several circular riverbeds, which also proved to match the descriptions put forward by the Greek Philosopher. Hubner concluded that given all of the incredible details that his location in Morocco shared with the details put forth by Plato, it was nearly impossible that all of them were pure coincidence.
Interestingly, according to Mark Adams who detailed Hubner’s work in his Book: Meet me in Atlantis, the theory proposed by Hubner is described as ‘the most convincing on paper’.
Adams wrote: ‘The measurements for the diameter of his outermost ring and distance of his capital from the Atlantic Ocean varied by only about 10 percent from Plato’s numbers.’ Adams shared the idea put forth by Hubner suggesting Atlantis never sank, but was overwhelmed by a huge tsunami. Interestingly, the area around Souss Massa is prone to earthquakes which in the past have resulted with fierce natural catastrophes which could have flattened a city as described by Plato.
Ivan is a freelance writer, editor-in-chief of ancient-code.com, he also writes for EWAO, Share Knowledge, Svemir Online and Ancient Origins.
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