ATLANTIS may have finally been uncovered, thanks to an eagle-eyed historian who claims part of the mythical city may still be visible off the Irish coast.
Many have long searched for the fictional city, first written about by Plato.
But published historian Matt Sibson may have put an end to the speculation with his amazing discovery – claiming it may still be visible today.
Daily Star Online previously helped Matt – who runs YouTube channel Ancient Artefacts – to expose his story to the world.
And now, the 36-year-old from Leicester, thinks part of the so-called sunken city may still be poking out of the Atlantic Ocean.
“Part of it is still above water”
“Part of it is still above water,” he told Daily Star Online exclusively.
“It’s called Rockall and its a big slab of granite in the Atlantic Ocean – but more people have been to the moon than stepped foot on it.
“People in the 1700s talked about a number of other rocks around it poking up above the ground too.
“So in just 300 years that much has happened, so maybe 10,000 years ago it was an entire island.”
Matt went on to explain his theory that the mythical city was actually an island called Friesland.
He added: “The area we see now is called Rockall, and we know that exists.
“Friesland has never been officially identified but featured in many maps between the 1500s and 1600s, before disappearing completely.
“Why would they make up an island completely in the middle of the ocean?
“I think there was something huge there, and there is still something there now to prove it – the last remaining part of Friesland.”
The legend of Atlantis originates in Plato’s “The Republic” a story handed down by generations.
In the book, Athens repels an Atlantean attack unlike any other nation in the known world, giving testament to his concept of a state.
The tale ends with Atlantis losing the favour of their deities and the city eventually sinks into the Atlantic Ocean.
But Matt tells a different account, explaining exactly how the mythical city could have come to hit the ocean bed.
He detailed to Daily Star Online exclusively: “Plato’s words say it went under about 11,600 years ago, which is the same time as the Younger Dryas event.
“This was when Earth was coming out of the Ice Age and everything was getting warmer but, all of a sudden, about 12,900 years ago, it went freezing cold again.
“Then about 1000 years later it warmed again and it has been getting warmer to this day.
“So there was a really cold stage where it was like a mini Ice Age and it is believed a comet hit the Earth at that time too.
“This is said to have caused a cooling period.
“What I’m saying is, if a comet did hit, it would have caused huge geological stress on the Earth, sparking things like earthquakes or tsunamis.
“All this extra activity would cause ice to melt and then form.
“All this activity would add and then take away weight from the ocean crust and, as it does this, faults below the region could cause an island to sink.”
To this day, Atlantis has sparked many theories among historians and conspiracists alike.
Earlier this month, Daily Star Online revealed Plato’s apparent city may in fact have been hiding in plain sight all along.
The Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara, appeared to meet the description written by Athenian statesman Solon – who passed his story on to Plato.
But Matt previously explained why this is unlikely to be the true resting ground.
He explained: “I think what the Richat Structure shows is there is a lost civilisation that should be researched.
“Was it Atlantis? I’m not sure, but it does present some good evidence.
“But Plato clearly called Atlantis an island surrounded by smaller islands.
“Looking at the geology of Africa, the Richat is high ground 300km from the Atlantic ocean.
“But there may have been a time when it was submerged.”
Matt does stress that nothing can be said for sure, as there are many unknowns when it comes to historical events.
But this is the most credible theory he has uncovered to date.