Marine scientists in India say an archaeological site off India’s western coast may be up to 9,000 years old.
Lets revisit the original article posted by the BBC on January 16th, 2002…
Acoustic images from the sea-bed suggested the presence of built-up structures resembling the ancient Harappan civilization, which dates back around 4,000 years. The Harappan civilization is the oldest in the subcontinent. Although Palaeolithic sites dating back around 20,000 years have been found on the coast of India’s western state of Gujarat before, this is the first time there are indications of man-made structures as old as 9,500 years found deep beneath the sea surface.
The Gulf of Cambay has been of interest to archaeologists due to its proximity to another ancient submerged site – Dwaraka – in the Gulf of Kutch.
An underwater archaeologist of the ASI examines an ancient structure off the shore of Dwaraka; a circular structure on the shore at Dwaraka; fragment of an ancient structure found underwater; remains of an ancient structure in the forecourt of the Dwarakadhish temple.
Investigations in the Cambay region have been made more difficult by strong tidal currents running at around two to three meters per second. They impede any sustained underwater studies. Marine scientists led by the Madras-based National Institute of Ocean Technology said they got around this problem by taking acoustic images off the sea-bed and using dredging equipment to extract artifacts.
The Indian Minister for Ocean Technology at that time, Murli Manohar Joshi, told journalists the images indicated not only symmetrical man-made structures but also a paleo-river, running for around nine kilometres, on whose banks all the artefacts were discovered.
Experts say submerged pottery may offer a clue. Carbon dating carried out on one of these artefacts – a block of wood bearing the signs of deep fissures – suggested it had been around since about 7,595 BC.
Could this be yet another example of an antediluvian (pre-flood) civilization being wiped out by a cataclysmic event thousands of years ago? According to their myth, around 1500 BC the whole western coast of India mysteriously disappeared along with Dwaraka – the great city of gold. The deluge came and the submergence took place immediately after Sri Krishna departed from the world.
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