Finding Atlantis

60 minutes • Documentary • Produced in association with: National Geographic U.S., National Geographic International and Discovery Channel Canada • Production year: 2011

They say it was the most advanced society in the world: the most powerful army and navy, the most incredible architecture and riches beyond imagination.

And, they say it vanished in a single day and a single night.

The most extraordinary civilization, lost forever.

What if it’s true?

What if the most astonishing tale ever told was true?

The discovery of Atlantis would change history. Myth would become reality. And we would see for the first time the mother of all civilizations.

Now, the impossible may be in our grasp…we have found archaeological proof of Atlantis’ existence. We have identified a stele that may have stood at its entrance. It records the symbol of Atlantis!

Finding Atlantis follows a team of Spanish, American and Canadian scientists as they employ NASA space photography, ground penetrating radar, underwater archaeology, and historical sleuthing in an effort to find a lost civilization.

Using Plato’s detailed account of the mysterious city as a treasure map, Finding Atlantis searches the Mediterranean and Atlantic for the best possible location for Atlantis. It then employs state-of the art computer graphics to literally reconstruct the lost world.

First, we journey to Turkey to uncover clues from the fabled city of Troy. For centuries, Troy was thought to be myth. It now serves as an inspiration for any explorers in search of Atlantis.

Second, we explore the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini – home of the Minoans. Many believe that in the ruins of Minoan civilization lies the answer to Atlantis.

Third, we go to southern Spain, beyond the Pillars of Hercules. Plato says that Atlantis once faced a city called Gadara. “Gadara” is the ancient name for modern Cadiz. Here, catamarans and dive boats take the viewer deep into the ocean off the coast of Spain, as we join a crack team of marine archaeologists and geologists, employing sonar and scuba in search of sub-surface man-made structures dating back to the Bronze Age.

And in the vast mudflats of the Guadalquivir river delta, scientists examine strange geometric shadows of what look to be the remains of a ringed city. Here, geophysicists and archaeologists employ the most advanced imaging technologies in the world to determine whether or not an ancient cataclysm suddenly buried a thriving civilization under meters and meters of ocean and mud.

Finally, Finding Atlantis presents the viewer with what is quite possibly the most intriguing piece of archaeology ever associated with Atlantis. Recently discovered 3000-year-old ruins display an image carved in stone of what looks to be an Atlantean warrior – guarding the entrance to the lost, multi-ringed city!

Written and Directed By: Graeme Ball
Producer: Ric Esther Bienstock
Executive Producer: Simcha Jacobovici

Award highlights:

  • Official selection 9th Annual Archaeological Film Festival, Brussels
  • Silver Remi Award, Historical Programming, Houston International Film Festival
  • Silver World Medal, History and Society Category, New York Festivals
  • International Golden Panda Nomination, Sichuan TV Festival, China
  • Finalist, History and Society Category, New York Festivals
  • Gemini Nomination, Best History Documentary Program
  • Bronze Telly Award, Best Use of Graphics