Search for Tartessos-Atlantis in the Donana National Park


The search for Tartessos-Atlantis in the Donana National Park was headed by Prof. Sebastian Celestino Perez. This search has been motivated by Dr. Rainer W. Kühne's article "A Location for Atlantis?" in the archaeological journal "Antiquity", Vol. 78, No. 300 (June 2004)

http://antiquity.ac.uk/ProjGall/kuhne

In the "Antiquity" article,  Dr. Rainer W. Kühne argued:
(1) Plato's description of ancient Athens referred to Mycenaean Athens around 1200 BC.
(2) Plato's description of the war of the Atlanteans referred to the war of the Sea Peoples around 1200 BC.
(3) Plato's description of the city and geography of Atlantis referred to Tartessos (around 800 - 500 BC).

Please see also:

Rainer W. Kühne: "Did Ulysses Travel to Atlantis?", in: Proceedings of the Symposium "Science and Technology in Homeric Epics"(ed. S. A. Paipetis), SPAP Conference Centre, Ancient Olympia, Greece, 27 - 30 August 2006.
http://www.beepworld.de/members/atlantis_rainer_kuehne/

 

 Rainer W. Kühne: "Did Ulysses Travel to Atlantis?" in : "Science and Technology in Homeric Epics" (ed. S. A. Paipetis), Series: History of Mechanism and Machine Science, Vol. 6, Springer, 2008, ISBN: 978-1-4020-8783-7

http://www.springer.com/engineering/mechanical+eng/book/978-1-4020-8783-7

The members of the archaeological team are (in alphabetic order):

1. Sebastian Celestino Perez (archaeologist at CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)
2. Tomas Cordero Ruiz (archaeologist at CSIC)
3. Angel Leon  Conde (historian at FUHEM)
4. Jose-Antonio Lopez-Saez (biologist at CSIC)
5. Victorino Mayoral  Herrera (archaeologist at CSIC)
6. Antonio Rodriguez-Ramirez (geologist at the University of Huelva)
7. Juan Jose R. Villarias Robles (historian and anthropologist at CSIC)

For further information, please see the homepage of Dr. Rainer W. Kühne:

http://www.beepworld.de/members62/rainerkuehne (in English)

http://www.beepworld.de/members/biographie_rainer_kuehne (in German)

Please see also the Wikipedia sites on Dr. Rainer W. Kühne:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainer_W._K%C3%BChne (in English)

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainer_W._K%C3%BChne (in French)

The researchers performed an archaeological survey. Thereby they detected ruins (remnants of buildings) and pottery sherds. These ruins and sherds have still to be dated. Most probably, however, the pottery sherds are not from Tartessos-Atlantis, but from the Muslim period (AD 800 or later).

The researchers made aerial photos with the help of a pilotless small plane. This plane is called MicroAirLab. It was constructed by the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt). The engineers of the DLR (located in Braunschweig, Germany) were also present in the Donana National Park in July 2006. These engineers are:

1. Dietrich Altenkirch
2. Holger Friehmelt
3. Christian Hoffmann
4. Alba Ruiz Leon

The photos of the MicroAirLab cover an area of 6 square kilometres. This area has a triangular shape. Its northern border is the low marshland of the Marisma de Hinojos. The western border is the river Madre de las Marismas del Rocio. The Eastern border is the river Cano de Guadiamar. The southern point is where the two rivers join. The "silver temple of Poseidon" is within this area, near its northern border.

At the location which I termed "silver temple of Poseidon", the archaeologists see a rectangular form on a photo made by the MicroAirLab. Its size is 90 meters times 50 meters.

At the location which I termed "golden temple of Cleito and Poseidon", the archaeologists see a second rectangular form on a photo made by the MicroAirLab. Its size is 120 meters times 60 meters. This rectangular form is 500 meters southwest of the first rectangular form.

One kilometre to the southeast of the "silver temple of Poseidon", the photos show a rectangular form of size 230 meters times 160 meters. This form is located in the central sector of the river Pacil de Cardales.

The photos show a form with the shape of a U. Its size is 130 meters times 80 meters. It is located near the large rectangular form of size 230 meters times 160 meters which is located in the central sector of the river Pacil de Cardales.

The photos show two "rings" (actually arcs) in the northern sector of the river Pacil de Cardales. They are located east of the "silver temple of Poseidon". The diameter of these "rings" is 300 and 350 meters, respectively.

The photos show three circular forms in the southern sector of the river Pacil de Cardales. The diameters of the circles are in the range from 90 to 100 meters. The Pacil de Cardales flows in the Cano de Guadiamar.

The photos show four rectangular forms of size between 20 meters and 50 meters.

All these 13 forms are located within a radius of 2 kilometers of the "silver temple of Poseidon".

It is not yet clear whether these 13 forms (7 rectangles, 2 "rings", 3 circles, 1 U) are manmade or not. An archaeological excavation is needed to find out.

Preliminary information about this search for Tartessos-Atlantis has been presented in the mass-media:

12 Spanish newspapers, 7 August 2006

http://www.csic.es/prensa/archivo/07_08_06.pdf

DLR Nachrichten 116 (December 2006) pp. 62 - 65

 http://www.dlr.de/Portaldata/1/Resources/kommunikation/publikationen/116_nachrichten/DLR_Nachrichten_116.pdf

El Pais, 6 May 2007, p. 58

 http://www.hinojos.org/images/Tartessos_Hinojos07a.jpg

El Pais, 6 May 2007, p. 59

http://www.hinojos.org/images/Tartessos_Hinojos07b.jpg

EUX.TV, 11 May 2007

http://eux.tv/article.aspx?articleId=7993

ANSA, 17 July 2007

http://www.ansamed.info/en/spain/news/ME03.YAM19595.html

 

 


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