The ruins of the ancient lost city of Atlantis have long been hidden in plain sight, located on land in Morocco, according to claims by a computer expert who correlated 51 clues in ancient texts to determine the location.
Michael Hubner, a German computer expert, formulated his theory about the location of Atlantis in 2008, referencing a number of ancient clues. Utilizing Plato's Timaeus and Critias, which describe Atlantis in detail, Hubner concluded that the city had been overwhelmed by a tsunami, according to the Daily Mail, and that its ruins were to be found near Marrakesh.
ATLANTIS:ancient city still has not sunk. New theory - Sus Mass plains of Morocco, about 100 km from Marrakech. pic.twitter.com/ha78a2vACQHubner extrapolated from the texts that Atlantis exhibited a circular structure, and that the city was located near a sea. A crucial piece of data came in the assertion that Atlantis lay some 3,100 miles from Athens, a distance that could place the lost city in Europe, Africa, or the Middle East. Another clue in the texts suggested that Atlantis wasn't found in Europe or Asia, though it was located near a series of mountains.
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Iberia & Morocco are subject to plate boundary seismic activity. Plato said Atlantis was "beyond Pillars of Hercules" pic.twitter.com/G7WnwwJ2jwComputer analysis correlated the information, indicating that the Souss Massa plain in Morocco displayed a unique combination of the features used to describe Atlantis. Located 100 miles south of Marrakesh, the region is situated near the Atlas mountains, and outside the "Pillars of Heracles," which many believe to be the Strait of Gibraltar.
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Hubner's work is the subject of a new book by Mark Adams, Meet Me In Atlantis. As the New York Post points out, Adams believes that Hubner's theory is one of the most convincing claims regarding the location of Atlantis. Unlike some other theories, Hubner didn't choose a location first, instead letting a computer match variables to a grid of 400 subareas. When the clues were tallied, the Souss Massa plain stood out, prompting Hubner to travel there himself.
#Atlantis moves again - now it's on coast of Morocco http://t.co/BP3h74zEpm pic.twitter.com/TYB0Es8hrYIn Morocco, the researcher discovered a large inland basin, located just seven miles from the sea. At its center stood a large mound, evoking Plato's description of the capital of Atlantis. The ancient philosopher detailed a city with an island at its center, surrounded by concentric rings of water and land.
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"The measurements for the diameter of [Hubner's] outermost ring and distance of his capital from the Atlantic Ocean varied by only about 10 percent from Plato's numbers," Adams noted. "On paper, at least, he made a compelling case."
Ancient Metal Found 2600 Year Old Shipwreck May Prove #Atlantis Existed http://t.co/RXtXzGIIJI pic.twitter.com/PJg41pxb9oEarlier this year, metal ingots thought to have originated from Atlantis were found off the coast of Sicily. As the Inquisitr previously reported, archaeologists believe a ship carrying the metal sank in a storm before reaching the safety of a port.
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Hubner died in 2013, after years of unsuccessful attempts to enlist archaeologists to study his findings. To date, very little archaeological study has been conducted in the region of Morocco that Hubner claimed was once the home of Atlantis.
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