Friday, October 13, 2006
The remains of what has been described as a huge lost city may force historians and archaeologists to radically reconsider their view of ancient human history.
Marine scientists say archaeological remains discovered 36 metres (120 feet) underwater in the Gulf of Cambay off the western coast of India could be over 9,000 years old.
The vast city - which is five miles long and two miles wide - is believed to predate the oldest known remains in the subcontinent by more than 5,000 years.
The site was discovered by chance last year by oceanographers from India's National Institute of Ocean Technology conducting a survey of pollution.
Using sidescan sonar - which sends a beam of sound waves down to the bottom of the ocean they identified huge geometrical structures at a depth of 120ft.
Debris recovered from the site - including construction material, pottery, sections of walls, beads, sculpture and human bones and teeth has been carbon dated and found to be nearly 9,500 years old.
..."The whole model of the origins of civilisation will have to be remade from scratch" - Graham Hancock (website). [Science, Archaeology, Anthropology, Oceanography]
Continued at "Lost city 'could rewrite history'"
Technorati: remains, lost city, ancient, human, history, gulf, cambay, coast, india, city, oldest, subcontinent, oceanography, national, institute, ocean, technology, survey, pollution, sidescan, sonar, debris, pottery, walls, beads, sculpture, bones, teeth, origins, civilisation, graham, hancock, science, archaeology, anthropology, rewrite