Could the harbor of ancient Carthage been a harbor of Atlantis?

Ruins of ancient Carthage

Ruins of the ancient city of Carthage, Tunisia , by Patrick Giraud, 8 Sep. 2006, Wikipedia Commons

According to “modern-day Indian Jones” David Hatcher Childress, the harbor of ancient Carthage resembled the harbor of the capital of the mythical lost city of Atlantis. We know the description of the Atlantean harbor from Plato’s  Timaeus/Critias.  Carthage, ancient and modern-day city with a population of about 20,000, is situated on the southern shore of the Mediterranean Sea in Tunisia on the northern end of the Sahara Desert.

Two large, artificial harbors were built within the city, one for harboring the city’s massive navy of 220 warships and the other for mercantile trade. A walled tower overlooked both harbours.


Childress had said that the Sahara Desert is a possible location of the mythical Atlantis, especially considering that the harbor of ancient Carthage resembled that of Atlantis. Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem possible , that ancient Carthage could have been associated with Atlantis, considering that the Sahara desert is a desert and Atlantis was a huge island/continent.

However, Carthage is along the Sahara and the Sahara is a dried seabed. Here’s a possible scenario: Atlantis plunged into the sea around 9,000 B.C. Underwater, the ruins of Atlantis became a seabed. When the land rose, the seabed dried and became the Sahara Desert.

I know it’s a long shot, but, when was the Sahara a seabed? After Atlantis plunged into the sea? It deserves further research, doesn’t it?

Carol Chapman

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Issam Haddadi - August 27, 2020

Hello, maybe the ancient Tunisians participated in the construction of the pyramids of Egypt. Perhaps the three pyramids are built in the image of the mountains in front of the island of Carthage where the Punic port is located thank you

    Carol Chapman - August 31, 2020

    Hi Issam Haddadi, Thanks for your insight. How very interesting. Those mountains in the photo sure do look how the three pyramids look from a distance, don’t they? Wouldn’t that be something!

Karim Mokhtar - March 14, 2020

Hi Carol, thanks for the great article. I actually wrote a book about this a while ago and have evidence to confirm that Carthage was indeed Atlantis. Shoot me an email if you want to connect and access this.

Martin randall - May 17, 2019

I know it’s a long shot, but, when was the Sahara a seabed? After Atlantis plunged into the sea? It deserves further research, doesn’t it?

The Sahara desert has been a desert and begun forming as desertified land 7 million years ago, at around the same time that modern human evolution from earlier hominids began, so…short answer- no

    Carol Chapman - June 13, 2019

    Hi Martin, Thanks for your succinct comment. As it turns out, the Sahara was NOT an ancient seabed, as you pointed out. However, I had seen somewhere that an ancient river had flowed across the Sahara desert into the Atlantic Ocean. Spurred on by your comment, I found the following article.

    According to an online article at The Guardian.com https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/10/ancient-river-network-discoverd-buried-under-saharan-sand, entitled “Ancient river network discovered buried under Saharan sand,” a river flowed through the Western Sahara desert hundreds of thousands of years ago. The article also includes a map showing that the river did empty into the Atlantic Ocean. Here’s a quote from the article:

    “Radar images of the Mauritanian desert have revealed a river stretching for more than 500km and suggest plants and wildlife once thrived there”

    Evidently a French-led team using radar images from a Japanese Earth Observation satellite determined that water may have flowed through the river as long ago as 245,000 years ago until as recently as 5,000 years ago during “period humid spells.”

    I probably based my belief that the Sahara must have been a seabed at one time, because, during my visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt, I discovered, to my surprise, that the sand surrounding the pyramids are contain many seashells.

    Thanks again for writing.


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