The "Island" of Atlantis
Version April 2011

by Karl Juergen Hepke

In the plain of the Guadalquivir and Guadalete between Puerto de Santa Maria of today and the hill of Dona Blanca, on which rests of a fortified town from the time from 900 till 200 B.C. were dug up, can possibly be found the rests of the town "Atlantis", which was described by Platon.

Investigation of the terrain has shown, that in the time of foundation of the town, the main river of the andalusian plain, today called Gualdaquivir, flew in two arms into the Atlantic. One of them had its mouth near the town Rota of today, the other flew east of the today Jerez de la Frontera and than into the plain of the Guadalete, in the course of which it flew round the town Atlantis and than into the sea, with its mouth at the today Puerto de Santa Maria.
The following map shows the probable condition of that time and also the canals, described by Platon, which are in big parts existant until now.

The following map shows the terrain of Puerto de Santa Maria in the state of today and the supposed location of the town Atlantis in it.

The than following detail from a satellite photo from "Google Earth" shows in the interesting area clear circular outlines which are probably traces of the there hidden rests of the buried town.

With that, the center of the town had been at a place on which today lies the settlement of "Dona Blanca" and offers solid, probably rocky, ground.
Further pictures show the situation of the town in the plain at the end of the by tide reached area and with its upper, northern edge bordering to the hills. The wide dug out channel to the sea, which brought the flood and with that the ships to the town is until now clearly remarkable as depression.
The remarkably improved quality of Google Earth and Google Chrome at the beginning of the year 2010 has made visible further interesting details .

Until now the northern outer channel ring is existing in smaller form

The further going form of a circle becomes clearly apparent in the vegetation in western direction.

The following pictures show the situation of the town in overview with the now interesting southern areas.

Because the canals in form of rings were buried by the destruction of the town, the river Guadalete had to find a new way.
At last it passed, probably with human aid, southern of the old town . By that it uncovered a lot of rests of buildings of the old structure of the town, which was beneath the layer of earth of one ore two meters.

Improved was this uncovering by the by the tide changing water. The following pictures show unearthed rests of buildings as walls and fortifications at the southern border of the town towards to the sea. The now at the other side of the river situated constructions for the gain of salt were probably separated from the town by the new way of the river. By the river interupted walls are pointing in that direction.

In the time of Atlantis-Tharsis probably the in the middle of the town situated dug out channel and the western going river were the connection to the sea. Between them was the until now called "isleta" which means "island", a part of the industrial town, the protected way from town to sea.

After the complete destruction and sinking of the town in the plain, caused by earthquakes and tsunamis, was made the new foundation of the succession town under the name "Tartessos" on the hill in front of the mountain in safer position round 900 B.C. Two the town at the side of the sea embracing arms of water formed now the new harbour, which is mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey. This town was enlarged and converted several times and in 206 B.C. destroyed by the Romans. They prevented for the 400 years of their rule in Iberia the reconstruction of the town.

In the relation of size of the two towns you can clearly see the small importance of "Tartessos" to "Tharsis-Atlantis".
For its time "Tharsis-Atlantis" was a real metropole. And so it was described by the Egyptians in the report which found Solon.

The here described position of the town Atlantis (Tharsis ) is still founded on theoretical considerations at the base of maps and previous insight at the place and has to be confirmed by examination of terrain.


Read to this in English: The History of Atlantis, the forgotten Origin of our Culture         By Karl Juergen Hepke

Or as a book in German language:


DIE GESCHICHTE VON ATLANTIS, der vergessene Ursprung unserer Kultur
by Karl Juergen Hepke
TRIGA-DER VERLAG, D 63584 Gruendau-Rothenbergen, Germany, 2nd Edition, Hardcover, 268 Pages, EUR 22,00, ISBN 978-3-89774-539-1 ,