Guatemala is in the midst of quite the hubbub of excitement over the claims of a retired German teacher.
Joachim Rittstieg says ancient Dresden Codex and Mayan priests guided him to the legendary Atlantis in eastern Guatemala.
The city is underwater and is laden with untouched treasure, according to Rittstieg. These include eight tons of gold tablets.
He claims to have found Atlantis following his visit to Lake Izabel in eastern Guatemala. Instead of being dismissed, Mr. Rittstieg has garnered a lot of interest by the media.
The buzz over Rittstieg is “very strange,” says Oswaldo Chinchilla, a Guatemalan archaeology professor and Mayan museum curator. “This is complete fantasy,” he says.
Rittstieg counters that he can’t help it that he found the city and the experts didn’t.
He claims the US Navy helped detect the exact location after following instructions in the Dresden Codex and the assistance of Mayan priests.
“They say it cannot be. But I have the basic information now,” says Rittstieg, who is seeking funding for an excavation.