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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DISCOVERS ANCIENT ANCHORS THAT COULD REWRITE THE HISTORY OF HUMAN TRAVEL IN THE BRONZE AGE
FILMMAKERS JAMES CAMERON AND SIMCHA JACOBOVICI GO ON AN EPIC QUEST TO UNRAVEL THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST CITY OF ATLANTIS IN A NEW INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY
Wed Jan 18 2017 19:48:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – JAN. 17, 2017) – The legend of Atlantis has sparked controversy and debate for thousands of years — is the story fact or fiction? And if Atlantis was a real place, can its ruins be found today?

 

ATLANTIS RISING, which premieres on National Geographic on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 9/8c, follows executive producer and Oscar-winning legend James Cameron; three-time Emmy-winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici; and a group of archeologists, scientists and historians as they set out to search for the true “Atlantean” civilization and for a possible location for the mother city, the lost city itself. The team draws clues from “Timaeus” and “Critias,” the source of the story of Atlantis, penned by fourth century B.C. Greek philosopher Plato.

 

“We set out to investigate the most interesting theories that argue that there is some kind of history behind the myth of Atlantis,” said Cameron.

 

In the course of the expedition, the investigators discovered six ancient anchors that could date back to the Bronze Age and that together may be the greatest ancient anchor hoard ever found on the Atlantic side of the Strait of Gibraltar.

 

“These anchors could be 3,500 to 4,000 years old and establish a harbor in the Atlantic, where I didn’t even dare dream to find anchors,” said Jacobovici. “It’s easier to find a needle in a haystack than Bronze Age anchors in the Atlantic.”

 

“This is the world’s most sophisticated and extensive search ever made,” said team leader, professor/archeologist Richard Freund, from the University of Hartford. The team used cutting-edge technology and Plato’s ancient writings as a virtual treasure map to lead the way. While many people search for a singular underwater site, ATLANTIS RISING will embark on a journey from Greece to the Atlantic Ocean, exploring multiple locations on air, on land and deep below the sea with the goal to unlock the secrets of this age-old mystery.

 

ATLANTIS RISING is executive produced by James Cameron, Simcha Jacobovici and Yaron Niski. For National Geographic, Matt Renner is executive producer and vice president, production; and Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production.

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National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 128 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contact:

Madison Bell, 212-656-0674, Madison.Bell@natgeo.com

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