Experts say finding the sunken city of Ravenser Odd would be like finding Pompeii which was buried under volcanic lava, or even the Lost Atlantic City itself
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The lost British Atlantis is believed to have finally been found after falling into the sea 650 years ago.
Scientists have spent decades searching for Ravenser Odd after it was swallowed up by the North Sea in 1362.
The sunken city, nicknamed the Atlantis of Yorkshire, was once a major stopover for fishing boats and freighters at the mouth of the Humber Estuary.
Historians and scientists believed it lay at the bottom of the sea about a mile off the Yorkshire coast.
But new research closer to shore recently discovered rocks and stones a few feet below the water’s surface.
Sonar equipment has now been deployed in hopes of finding the harbor walls of the lost city.
Experts say the discovery would be as legendary as the discovery of Pompeii, after it was buried under volcanic debris, or as the discovery of Atlantis itself.
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Professor Dan Parsons, a geoscientist at the University of Hull, is now leading research.
“It’s fascinating, exciting, exhilarating. The exact location of this medieval town has never been identified,” he said. The sun.
“We now have the tools and the technology to go out there and locate it once and for all.”
The team hopes to find the city’s footprint, including its foundations, harbor and sea wall.
Then they can map it and create a 3D map, which could then be used to send divers to the site.
Experts say they now have all the necessary data and will analyze the underwater area in the coming weeks.
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They should be able to confirm if it is indeed Atlantis from Yorkshire by the end of June.
Phil Mathison, who has dedicated 25 years of his life to researching the city, is equally enthusiastic.
He said: “To actually find it, after so long, will be the completion of a lifetime’s work. I’m blown away by it all.”
The historian explained why the discovery will be such an “extraordinary discovery”.
He told how Ravenser Odd returned two MPs to Parliament and consisted of two chapels, two weekly markets, a court, a prison and an annual fair.
Its ships were a prominent feature in the conflicts with Scotland in the early 1300s, but 50 years later the town was gone.
Ravenser Odd was founded in 1235 and gained a high reputation which saw it mentioned by William Shakespeare in Richard II and Henry VI.
But by 1346 much of the city had been destroyed by erosion.
It was finally lost in January 1362, when much of the east coast was devastated by a great flood.
Professor Parsons added: “Strategically it was a perfect location for a port.
“Unfortunately it is also located in an area of significant coastal change.”