A medieval map may have revealed the lost city of Atlantis

Historians have long hoped to find a map of Atlantis, a mythical city said to have been lost to the sea thousands of years ago. Now a new study may prove that an Atlantis existed, though it may not have been as mystical as some had previously thought.

To really understand the significance of this discovery, we have to go back to ancient times in Wales. For centuries, rumors of an ancient kingdom known only as Cantre’r Gwaelod have circulated. This kingdom, many say, was lost long ago to the waves of Cardigan Bay. From there it became the basis of a “Welsh Atlantis”. And now this map could point us directly to her.

Study suggests ancient map may lead to Atlantis

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Of course, the reasoning behind the sinking of Cantre’r Gwaelod in Cardigan Bay can vary depending on who is telling the story. Some say a drunken caretaker didn’t pay enough attention to the dykes, causing the area to overflow and cover the kingdom with water. Others say that a young girl forgot to stop a well from overflowing the kingdom.

Whatever reasoning you believe, the possibility that a map of Atlantis exists is very enticing. A group of researchers published a study in Atlantic Geoscience. In the study, they discuss their findings, which include the presence of two islands on a medieval map of Cardigan Bay. These islands, they believe, are the lost kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod.

The map that could lead to Atlantis is Gough’s map, and it’s thought to date back to the 13th or 14th century. If the dating is correct, this is the oldest surviving map of the British Isles. The two islands ap located there are located just offshore. However, the researchers say it is difficult to estimate their size due to the age of the card and the wear and tear of time.

It is also likely that coastal erosion has caused many changes along the Welsh coastline. This is because this map also appears to depict the coast of Wales some eight miles further out to sea than it currently is. So it’s also possible that erosion helped bury Welsh Atlantis, as the map also shows.

Ultimately, it’s impossible to tell if the lost kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod is actually Atlantis. Or if this map even says Atlantis. But, the study offers some interesting possibilities, and it could bring us closer to proving or disproving that such a mythical city even exists.