It has been long debated whether Malta could potentially be the lost city of Atlantis. Although most believe that the city must be found somewhere at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, much of the research and evidence show that that there is a high probability of the city being located at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
Indeed there are many who hold the belief that the city is not in effect situated at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, many experts considered different islands, land-based Cities and even North-western Africa as sensible possibilities.
Some of the islands that were suggested include Sardinia, Crete, Santorini, Sicily, Cyprus and last but not least, our beautiful island of Malta.
But what evidence is there to support these claims? What are the reasons why we think the City of Atlantis is in the Mediterranean Sea, and more importantly, linked to Malta?
Here are the top 10 reasons why:
1) Plato’s writings
The only account we have about the city of Atlantis, that is be considered as a historical source can be found in Plato’s dialogues, more specifically, the ‘Timaeus’.
In this dialogue, we witness a conversation between Critias and Socrates, and the former says to the latter: “But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.”
Many experts thus believe that a tsunami was behind the eradication of this ancient city – and that this happened during the same time it is believed that Malta was struck by catastrophe (more on this in the second point)
2) Malta was not always an island
To continue adding to the point above, there is ample evidence to suggest that Malta and its little island sisters were part of Europe and/or Africa, as Cart Ruts lead straight to the sea and off clip tops. Thus, after being struck by some sort of natural disaster, such as an earthquake or volcanic eruptions, and the islands were formed.
This was partly proven in 2013, when Marine scientists at the University of Malta discovered that 20,000 years ago, the Maltese Islands were indeed much larger, and were connected to Sicily with a land bridge.
3) Huge animal fossils were found in Ghar Dalam
Are we sure Malta wasn’t always an island? Yes and in more ways than one, but get this.
Malta is so small, it could not possibly provide large animal with enough food and water – heck there isn’t much land for them at all. And yet, archaeologists had discovered huge animal fossils in caves around the island, most prominently Ghar Dalam. And we’re talking fossils belonging to elephants, bears, reindeer, hippopotamus and more.
This leaves us little reason to deny that Malta was ever struck by a terrible disaster.
4) Malta has the oldest free-standing temples – older than the pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge in the UK!
Malta’s ancient structures – 35 to be exact – date back to over 9000 years ago, and are believed to be the oldest ruins in the world many orthodox archaeologists. Also, in Plato’s dialogues there is mentioned that the remains are scattered on several islands, and guess what? All of Malta’s temples are scattered around its islands.
5) Engravings in Egyptian Temple suggest Atlantis was located in the Mediterranean Sea
Archaeologists discovered that the story of Atlantis is engraved on a wall in the temple of Neith at Sais, Egypt. The story makes a reference to an area in the Western Ocean, which no longer exists and is now called the Mediterranean Sea. Once again, Malta meets the criteria.
6) Recently discovered site in St Julian’s could be a Megalithic Temple
A little underwater site was discovered in 1999 off the coast of St. Julian’s and seems like it could possibly be a megalithic temple. Tracks on the seabed resembling cart ruts were also observed on the site. If this is real it is proof that this area was not underwater prehistory. The site is referred to as Gebel gol-bahar.
So is Malta the lost city of Atlantis? We still don’t know for sure. There has never been a definite discover, only theories and hypotheses, and many even think of Atlantis as a mere myth. After all, there are may other sites that might qualify for the position.
But one thing is for sure – that there are valid reasons to believe so! All we hope for though, is that someday we might get to know the truth about this mysterious and most interesting case!
Thank you for reading our blog post. We hope you have both enjoyed it and found it informative! Check out some of our other interesting blogs including:
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