A“holy grail” in the eyes of many archaeologists for centuries, has been the long-lost Temple of Hercules Gaditanus. The place was significant in ancient history and was visited by historical figures such as Julius Caesar and Hannibal. Now, archaeologists believed that they may have, at long last, found the illusive spot.
Though not everyone is convinced, a team of archaeologists in Spain has put forward a cautiously optimistic argument that the Temple of Hercules can be found in the Bay of Cádiz.
Most archaeological discoveries are made from digging in the ground. But the possible Temple of Hercules was spotted from the air. Ricardo Belizón, a graduate archaeology student at the University of Seville, spotted an intriguing outline while studying topographic models.
While looking through data from Spain’s PNOA-LiDAR project — which has been mapping the country since 2009 — Belizón saw an intriguing structure submerged in the Caño de Sancti Petri, in the Bay of Cádiz. It appeared to be about 1,000 feet long and 500 feet wide.