Within the caldera-like structure and on the surrounding hills are many
ruins (probably n >> 1000) of different
types. Among them are foundation walls of large buildings, semicircular
stone wall fragments, oval
and horseshoe-shaped floorings, caverns and lime kilns. Old paths and
substantial landscaping are
also present. All buildings are completely ruined and give the
impression of being Neolithic in origin
(only after a thorough archaeological investigation could we be sure of
the age of the ruins). For the
most part, the buildings were found in the central area of the
structure. In ancient times, the entire region must have been densely
populated: a vast area of more than 20 km2 is covered.
Next to one of the buildings in the center of the circular structure, a broken earthenware pot with combed pattern containing
flint tools was found (finding F2). All findings were sent to the Institut National des Sciences de
l'Archéoloqie et du Patrimoine in Rabat for further investigation.
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Author and licensor: Michael Hübner, Date 2010-12-11
Docks, today used by fishers for their boats, cut into red-white-black bedrock near Cape Ghir.
Argan fruit, most probably the Golden Apples of the Hesperides.
The capital of Atlantis should be located somewhere on or near the margin of the plain in a distance of 50 Stadia from the sea. The annular structure is precisely situated at the intersection of the plain's northern border (thick line) and the thin white line, which represents a distance of 50 Egyptian stades from the sea.
The translation of Plato's Atlantis Nesos is Island of Atlas. This applies very well to the Souss-plain, which is surrounded by the High Atlas, the Anti Atlas and the Sea of Atlas (Atlantis Thalassa).
Plato described the quarrying of red, white and black stones and buildings made out of coloured stones.
The picture shows a ruin within the central area of the structure. All stones are covered by licens or were bleached out. These red, white and black stones were cracked, so the colors can be recognized.
Another ruin made out of red, white and black stones. At first glance all stones seems to be white. The stones close to the camera were made wet, so the colors can be recognized.