Company Claims to Have Found Atlantis On the Coast of Spain Using Satellite Imagery

Somewhere in California, a Hollywood executive is looking at the recent news surrounding the supposed discovery of Atlantis and ticking off a checklist: a high-tech company that uses satellites in “the search and location of archaeological sites” and “the locating and recovery of national treasures,” a scientific community that doesn’t believe them, and the most famous lost civilization in the history of mankind. We get the feeling that even now, calls are being made to Nicholas Cage’s agent for a potential National Treasure 3.

It sounds like fiction, but it’s not at all. The UK-based search company Merlin Burrows recently announced that they’ve found the remains of Atlantis on the coast of Spain, in what is now Doñana National Park. They claim that they found the site using satellite images from Landsat 5 and 8 and recovered human-made concrete from what they say are the bases of towers, which they’ve dated to be between 10,000 and 12,000 years old. According to Bruce Blackburn, the CEO of Merlin Burrows, his team used Plato’s descriptions of Atlantis to help locate the site, which they believed would be close to the Strait of Gibraltar due to Plato’s mention of the nearby ‘Pillars of Heracles’.

According to Blackburn, the team has already made a 2-hour documentary titled “Atlantica” detailing their finds. “What we really want to do is we want to franchise the find,” he told LiveScience. “We want to make an awful lot of money out of it. And with that money, we want to support the archaeological community.”

Meanwhile, Ken Feder, an anthropology professor at Central Connecticut State University, has expressed what a lot of other researchers are feeling right now: “Bless their hearts – if they’re correct about this, that would be awesome. But here’s my problem: As an archaeologist, I know that I always need to be in the company of my bullshit detector. And these guys, they have done just about everything they possibly can to set off my bullshit detector.”

So far, Merlin Burrows haven’t made any plans to publish their archaeological findings (or the science behind them) in any peer-reviewed journal, which means no one can verify what they’re found or the process they used to, say, date that “man-made” concrete. According to Feder: “It immediately turns on my bullshit detector when somebody, instead of doing that, makes the announcement through a press release, a press conference, a web page or a documentary.”

Blackburn’s admitted plans for an Atlantis “franchise” that makes “an awful lot of money” also seems like the biggest possible red flag. Like Mars One, it seems like Merlin Blackburn is more interested in publicity and merch than actual science.

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