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Tsunami Uncovers Ancient City in India (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 09:07 AM
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The tsunami that killed so many seems to uncovered an ancient city from the 7th century.
Archaeologists believe that the ruins maybe the city of Mahabalipuram, otherwise known as the City of the 7 Pagodas.

 



www.nzherald.co.nz
14.02.05 12.00pm
By Jan McGirk


The mighty Boxing Day tsunami has revealed what archaeologists believe to be the lost ruins of an ancient city off the coast of Tamil Nadu in southern India.

The 30-metre waves, which reshaped the Bay of Bengal and swept more than 16,000 Indians to their death, shifted thousands of tonnes of sand to unearth a pair of elaborately carved stone lions and a stallion near the famous 7th century Dravidian temple on the coast at Mahabalipuram, south of Madras.

Indian archaeologists believe these granite beasts once guarded a small port city that may have been submerged since the last Ice Age. The 2-metre high lion statues, each hewn from a single piece of granite, appear breathtakingly lifelike. One great stone cat sits up alert while the other is poised to pounce. Two man-made foundation walls also remain visible beneath the murky waters, now measurably shallower.




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With all the deaths and devastation that this calamity caused at least something positive is found.
Although they have known the location of this city, it was under water making the work to uncover the ruins very difficult.


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posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 09:12 AM
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