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Map shows evidence of long-lost 'Welsh Atlantis'

By T.K. Randall
August 22, 2022 · Comment icon 5 comments

What happened to Cantre'r Gwaelod ? Image Credit: CC-BY-SA 2.0 David Purchase
A legendary lost land once thought to exist in Cardigan Bay has shown up on an old 13-Century map of the British Isles.
The legend of Atlantis certainly needs no introduction, but there exist several other, lesser known legends of a similar nature in countries all over world that continue to remain similarly elusive.

One of these is Cantre'r Gwaelod - a landmass once thought to exist off the coast of Wales.

Historians have been searching for accounts of this so-called Welsh Atlantis for years and now, following an intriguing discovery on a 13th-Century map, they may have made a breakthrough.

Known as the Gough Map (after Richard Gough who acquired it from an estate in 1774), it appears to show two mysterious islands in Cardigan Bay that don't actually exist in the present day.
"The Gough Map is extraordinarily accurate considering the surveying tools they would have had at their disposal at that time," said Prof Simon Haslett of Swansea University.

"The two islands are clearly marked and may corroborate contemporary accounts of a lost land mentioned in the Black Book of Carmarthen."

If these islands did exist, however, it is likely that they were lost to the waves long ago.

"Legends of sudden inundation, such as in the case Cantre'r Gwaelod, might be more likely to be recalling sea floods and erosion, either by storms or tsunami, that may have forced the population to abandon living along such vulnerable coasts," said Haslett.

"In roughly a millennium, from Ptolemy's time to the building of Harlech Castle during the Norman period, the seascape had completely altered."

Source: BBC News | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
A nice. But don't forget, Uri Geller recently already bought the North Atlantic Atlantis.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Abramelin 1 year ago
I think I have posted this a dozen times already, but every submerged stretch of land is called 'Atlantis'. It is not anything close to Plato's deion of Atlantis. Everyone wants their Atlantis on their doorstep. You cannot possibly discuss submerged land without some idiot coming up with "Maybe thìs is Atlantis!!!". It's a fkg virus.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Orphalesion 1 year ago
I agree. And what I find even worse is that it robs those places and the people who inhabited them of their real history by reducing them to the supposed "legend" of a bull**** place that was only made-up by Plato to illustrate his political/social commentary. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Myles 1 year ago
Yes, he stands to benefit financially by any publicity it is given.
Comment icon #5 Posted by jmccr8 1 year ago
Hi Myles Just a different kind of mind bending for money.

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