The great thing about ancient mythology is that most — if not all — of it is based on true events that grew into protean oral history that metastasized into the fantastical legends over thousands of years. For example, almost every culture on earth has a “flood myth” in which the water rises up and wipes out most of the population. Obviously, man has clustered around drinking water since the beginning, so it makes sense that epic destructive floods would evolve over time to mythical proportions.
Atlantis is another great example. While the legend of Atlantis — a city of untold riches that was consumed by the sea — was already firmly entrenched by the time Plato was inventing pilates, you have to imagine that the root of the legend was probably based on some kind of fact. There probably was a well-known city in ancient history that was destroyed and covered over with sea water that became the Atlantis myth.
And thanks to Google Earth and one man’s epic boredom, we may have found it.
The above image was discovered by an British man named Bernie Bamford using the new ocean floor mapping functionality embedded in the latest version of Google Earth. The image appears to show a grid on the ocean that is consistent with ancient urban planning. The grid is roughly the size of Wales and is located 625 miles off the coast of northern Africa near the Canary Islands:
Dr Charles Orser, curator of historical archaeology at New York State University told The Sun that the find was fascinating and warranted further inspection.
“The site is one of the most prominent places for the proposed location of Atlantis, as described by Plato,” the Atlantis expert said. “Even if it turns out to be geographical, it definitely deserves a closer look.”
I’m actually not sure that’s a good idea. It is well known that many ancient underwater sites are now training grounds for the world’s fiercest mythical warriors. I think you see where I’m going with this:
Maybe Atlantis wasn’t destroyed by floods after all…
Google Ocean: Has Atlantis been found off Africa? [Telegraph UK]