A sunken city in the marshlands of Spain just might prove to be the lost city of Atlantis. An ancient civilization immortalized by Plato, false discoveries of Atlantis have led many people in the wrong direction and to wonder if the island superpower ever existed at all.
Now it's possible a professor, Richard Freund, has found the prehistoric island civilization that disappeared into the ocean. Exciting! The National Geographic special hopes to titillate us all and explain how it really is the lost city that, according to Plato, "in a single day and night ... disappeared into the depths of the sea." In other words, by a powerful tsunami.
One of the clues Freund is looking at are the ancient artifacts discovered that were also described by Plato. Like things around the house of the Atlanteans.
Which led me to wonder: what if -- god forbid -- your city suffered the same fate? What non-perishable things in your home would prove your existence, and the existence of this time?
While vases used to cool water, or in certain ceremonies, might help scientists prove that Atlantis did exist, iPads and Xboxes might be more our speed today. Sure some people collect Hummel figurines and others prefer Jonathan Adler decorative bowls; but the universal signs of our time are electronics. In fact, the things you can find in almost everyone's home in 2011 that would help future explorers pinpoint who we are would probably look like this:
- Smartphone, i or otherwise
- Athletic shoes
- Game console
- Microwave oven
- Too many remote controls for the above
Somehow this is much more depressing than knowing we could be identified by ancient pottery.
What's in your home that could last forever, and most accurately describes you?
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