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7 Submerged Wonders of the World

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posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 09:11 AM
Whilst doing some research for another thread I am writing I came across this really interesting article. I was going to include it as a reference but I think it deserves it's own thread - enjoy!

A wealth of human history lies submerged in ancient cities at the bottoms of lakes, seas and oceans of the world. Some of these were sent into the water via earthquakes, tsunamis or other disasters thousands of years ago. Many have just recently been rediscovered, by accident or through emergent technological innovations. Some have even caused scientists to question the history of human civilization.

Alexandria, Egypt: Off the shores of Alexandria, the city of Alexander the Great, lie what are believed to be the ruins of the royal quarters of Cleopatra. It is believed that earthquakes over 1,500 years ago were responsible for casting this into the sea, along with artifacts, statues and other parts of Cleopatra’s palace. The city of Alexandria even plans to offer underwater tours of this wonder.


Bay of Cambay, India: A few years back discovered the remains of a vast 9,500 year old city. This submerged ruin has intact architecture and human remains. More significantly, this find predates all finds in the area by over 5,000 years, forcing historians to reevaluate their understanding of the history of civilazation in the region. The find has been termed Dwarka, or the ‘Golden City,’ after an ancient city-in-the sea said to belong to the Hindu god Krishna.


Kwan Phayao, Thailand: In itself perhaps not unusual, a 500 year old Thai temple sits at the bottom of lake Phayao. What makes this case strange is that the lake was actually made intentionally about 70 years ago, and that there has been recent discussion of potentially restoring the temple at the cost of billions of dollars. However, the ruins serve as a habitat for fish that many have argued should remain untouched.


Yonaguni-Jima, Japan: Discovered by a dive tour guide some twenty years ago, controversies have arisen around a mysterious pyramids found off the coast of Japan. These structures seem to have been carved right out of bedrock in a teraforming process using tools previously thought unavailable to ancient cultures of the region.


Havana, Cuba: A team of scientists continues to explore megalithic ruins found in the Yucatan Channel near Cuba. They have found evidence of an extensive urban environment stretching for miles along the ocean shore. Some believe that the civilization that inhabited these predates all known ancient American cultures. So far, only computer models of this mysterious underwater city exist.


North Sea, Europe: A lost natural landscape was found recently under the North Sea, once occupied by human hunter-gatherers over 10,000 years ago. What were once rivers, lakes and oceans are now all at the bottom of the sea, only made known through digital mapping. Scientists theorize that this amazingly well-preserved landscape was at the heart of an ancient civilization spread across Europe.


Atlantis, Antarctica? Over a hundred years ago, a museum curator in Istanbul made a remarkable discovery. Examining an ancient map on gazelle skin, he found a location marking a mountain chain where Antarctica is today. This map is, amazingly, one of many pieces of evidence people have used to try and claim that, in fact, Antarctica is the fabled lost continent of Atlantis. Other evidence includes the recent discovery (via sonar technology) of land under Antarctica as well as the mapping systems used by ancient cartographers, which suggest Atlantis might have been located far from the Mediterranean Sea.



Ever since I was young I have been fascinated with ancient archaeology. I still have my primary school books from when I was very little - one of which contains a question; What do you want to be when your older? My answer of archaeologist was a bit of a deviation from the usual answers of 'police man', 'fire man' or 'my daddy'

But I believe that while outer space may hold the answers to our future, the oceans may hold the answers to our past.

Finds like the ones above just go to prove this could be the case. Like I said, this thread will sort of work in conjunction with another on a similar topic and I look forward to hearing your views. Any other examples are obviously welcome

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 09:32 AM
We have similar interests S+F, i believe that a massive amount of our history has been lost to the sea.

The North sea in particular is becoming renowned for giving up its secrets, many a fishermans net have dragged up skeletons/bones from mammoths, sabre tooth's, wolves and bears that once roamed wild in europe. Its this that makes you think of civilisations being in this area also, where there is food there is people.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 10:14 AM
reply to post by Catch_a_Fire

Yes, very true.

Have you read any of Graham Hancocks work such as Fingerprints of the Gods or perhaps maybe Michael Cremo & Richard Thompson's Forbidden Archaeology? Both very interesting reads

Also, this is a great reference point: Lost Cities. Reading that Wiki page I have just discovered that a Welsh Village was flooded by England in 1965 to create a water reservoir for the City of Liverpool, where I live. Not quite as interesting as Atlantis but interesting all the same

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 11:30 AM
Wow, I have never heard of any of those. Atlantis obviously I have but very fascinating. Makes me want a little submarine to go exploring, I think I'd check out the Japan one first and hopefully find some new ones.

The ocean itself has always been a wonder to me as well as ancient archeology, so combine them and we have gold.

[edit on 22-7-2010 by GummB]

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 11:36 AM
reply to post by LiveForever8

I havent read either, sadly, ill look out for them now though thanks.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 12:59 PM
reply to post by LiveForever8

It is said that at the end of the ice age the sea level was 300 ft. lower then it is today. It is also common for people to live near the coast line.

We don't do any recreational diving at that level and have only recently started sending ROV's down to that level.

The problem is only the people with money can afford to explore at those depths. Those are usually TPTB and do not want some of that info to go main stream.

Who knows what we will find in the future...

Nice catch, it makes you wonder at the awesomeness of it all doesn't it?

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 02:41 PM
Graham Hancock has already been mentioned, but the book that really bears on this issue is his "Underworld." The basic idea is this: As the hast ice age was ending there was a vast body of water trapped behind an ice bridge at Hudsons Bay. The ice covering the Bay melted first leaving the bridge ice still frozen on the land. Inevitably, the bridge broke and the sea level of all the world's oceans rose 60 feet in a few hours, thus inundating coastal civilizations. From that event comes our flood stories, which are neally universal. Excellent read with lots of maps.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 04:37 PM
reply to post by LiveForever8

Remember. There is 40,000 years of human history lost due to the ice age. That one from the bay in India may be the only surviving artifact from the times of old.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 04:52 PM
Wonder if we'll ever stumble across one that was alawys under the sea. Maybe find some missing link to past technologies.

[edit on 22-7-2010 by CosmosKid]

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 05:13 PM
Facscinating topic, always been interested in whats under the sea having always lived beside it. Haven't heard of a few of the sites listed above but will definetly be checking them out.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 05:16 PM
Wow, amazing. Considering we have only had electricity for a little over a hundred years, and so the technology to locate and identify these clues to ancient history have only been available for such a short time, who knows how much more out there is to be discovered. It seems that only in the last twenty years much has been discovered to push back the earliest known civilizations several thousand years.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 05:20 PM
Sweet, I love it when someone posts something I haven't read before! Guess I'm in the s&f crowd.The excerpt about Antarctica was new for me.

Over a hundred years ago, a museum curator in Istanbul made a remarkable discovery. Examining an ancient map on gazelle skin, he found a location marking a mountain chain where Antarctica is today.

Like many others I have heard of the Prii Reis map, but that bit about the gazelle hide was a new one. Good find

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 05:39 PM
reply to post by LiveForever8

Brilliant - I remember reading Fingerprints of the Gods years ago (as mentioned here already - in fact I recommend most of Graham Hancock's works) and it had such an impact on my view of history that since that time I've always questioned not only the 'official' version of history, but also the 'official' version of just about everything.

It is unfortunate that there is so much evidence of civilization being much older than we are taught in schools, and the fact that it remains on the fringe. It's a bit of a travesty that these stories are not more mainstream...

Star and flag for you for posting.


posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 06:25 PM
Wow. I havent seen some of those before. Great thread. Archaeology is one of my favorite subjects to read about.

It really goes to show that we dont know as much as we think we know about history. Who knows what other wonders were lost not just by the sea, but by ice and the jungle as well. I remember reading a while back about huge pyramids they found in the central american jungle which were previously thought to be hills.

Hopefully we will continue to discover such amazing clues to our past. With advancements in technology there is a good chance we will continue to find these sites.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 06:31 PM
Nice post and great find OP.

Makes you realise just how much of the sea is unexplored, there is so much natural wealth down there that we can only begin to imagine.

I hope we as humans can find just enough time between destroying ourselves with perpetual wars to invest in global projects that let mankind enter one of the remaining unexplored realms, the deep blue sea.



posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 06:50 PM
This is a great post thank you.

Antartica might hold a lot of answers. We might find them in our life time if the ice keeps melting as it is.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 07:10 PM
reply to post by Gorman91

Many may find this crazy talk but I personally
do not believe in theory ice ages.
If you look at the USGS map of the last "Ice Age" you will see that the glaciation was centered in Canada and not on the North Pole.
My personal theory is pole shift.
This also explains the ancient maps of Antartica with drawings of
elephants and palm trees.
We have not and never will know the extent of civilization
on this planet but it sure is fun making new discoveries.

[edit on 22-7-2010 by TriggerFish]

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 07:45 PM
reply to post by LiveForever8

Great thread
, i have heard about most of the underwater discoveries before but its nice to see them brought together on ats

I also wanted to be an archaeologist when I was little, well either that or a princess
I never got around to becoming either of the two im afraid

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 07:49 PM
Great thread OP, I also have been interested in this subject for a long time...

Maybe this is a little off topic but...Has anyone ever heard of the Eltanin Antenna? A US survey ship back in the early 60s took a picture of an antenna sticking out of the seabed near Antarctica...almost 3 miles below the surface. This was deeper than any submarine at the time was able to go.

This page: has a picture and a little info.

I first saw this Aerial pictured as a front cover for a book titled "Harmonic 33" by Bruce L Cathie, published in 1968, here Cathie believed that the placement of the Aerial and other worldly locations has a mathematical relationship, since then he has published 4 other books detailing about a world energy "Grid"...very fascinating stuff

I'm curious what others think of this...


posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 07:59 PM
reply to post by LiveForever8

Great thread, love your presentation, I have all of Graham Hancock's books and have been following his work since the early nineties. Underworld is amazing, he learned to dive and did it extensively off the coast of Japan.


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