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Underwater survey in TN to verify Ptolemy’s account
Deccan Chronicle ^ | 14th Sep 2013 | unattributed

Posted on 09/15/2013 6:46:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Chennai: A coa­s­tal survey is being carried out in Tamil Nadu by a te­am of professors and students, seeking to throw mo­re light on the ancient po­rts in south India, mentio­ned in Greco Roman geographer Ptolemy’s accounts...

Ancient Tamil literature, including ‘Akananuru’ of the Sangam era, referred to the period between 600 BCE and 300 CE, suggest that some 20 to 25 ports had existed in the region. “Greco Roman writer Ptolemy’s geographical ac­c­ounts mention some 15 po­rts.

We want to find out whether these ports menti­o­ned in the Sangam era literature and by Ptolemy are the same,” Athiyaman said. For instance, a port known as Manamelkudi near Thondi Port, is mentioned in the ‘Akananuru’ as Sellur.

But ambiguity st­ill remains as to whether that is the same town ref­e­r­red to by Ptolemy as Sallur in his accounts, he said...

Once the preliminary su­r­vey is over, information fr­om fishermen, who frequ­ent the particular area in the sea would be collected.

“Based on the information from fishermen, we would employ scientific equipment including SON­AR to detect objects under the sea. There are state-of-the-art equipment, which will help us detect objects, if any, under sheets of clay,” he said...

The heavy traffic between coastal towns in Tamil Nadu and commercial hubs in the West has already been established with the use of various text from the ancient times.

“In one of the accounts, Ptolemy talked of a ‘emporia’ north of Cauvery river in the peninsula. When historians and archaeologists looked for the same in the Sangam literature, it was established to be Kaveripoompattinam also known as Poompuhar (a famous port in the Chola period),” Athiyaman said, adding they were hopeful of getting something concrete before this year end.

(Excerpt) Read more at deccanchronicle.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; india; romanempire; tamilnadu
A printed map from the 15th century depicting Ptolemy's description of the Ecumene. Photo credit- Wikimedia.

A printed map from the 15th century depicting Ptolemy's description of the Ecumene. Photo credit- Wikimedia.

1 posted on 09/15/2013 6:46:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

OK, ya caught me with the headline. I’m thinking, “Ptolemy was in TENNESSEE?!?!?!”...


2 posted on 09/15/2013 6:51:10 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor < still > has no pedigree.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting!


3 posted on 09/15/2013 6:52:09 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

I thought it was going to be about the Lost Sea in Sweetwater.


4 posted on 09/15/2013 6:53:40 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

5 posted on 09/15/2013 6:53:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Coastlines changed DRAMATICALLY.

I visited Ephesus some years ago. When Jesus was on the Cross he commissioned John to take care of His mother. John did. But John was an evangelist and traveled.

When John traveled to modern day Turkey, it was to spread the Word of God. He went to the PORT city of Ephesus, with Mary. I saw the stone house where Mary lived while they were in Ephesus.

There was an inscription there that some folks in the Midwest (USA) were the ones taking care of the site, in honor of Jesus' mother.

6 posted on 09/15/2013 6:56:42 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Hegemony Cricket
I was also stunned. Ptolmey in Tennessee! Wow, TN was part of the ancient world? That means they can claim Nashville, Grand Ol Opry, Elvis AND Ptolemy! Wow!
7 posted on 09/15/2013 6:58:51 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Netz
Wow, TN was part of the ancient world?

Is there not a pyramid in Memphis?

8 posted on 09/15/2013 7:06:06 AM PDT by SES1066 (To expect courteous government is insanity!)
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To: SunkenCiv
I knew there was a city in Tennessee that numbered 50K residents near Pinson, Tennessee that corresponded to the dates listed. Well, Ptolemy wasn't there I guess.
9 posted on 09/15/2013 7:12:11 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I did too!


10 posted on 09/15/2013 7:32:11 AM PDT by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: cloudmountain

Erosion and silting don’t take millions of years.Neither do earthquake induced changes.Here on my modest farm there have been several rather dramatic alterations:one night during a heavy thunderstorm a large section of road and all its bordering 70 foot tall trees disappeared with a thundering crash into the raging waters of a creek that one can normally wade ;another time the flat shelf of a hillside slumped into “eyebrows” following an earth tremor we didn’t even feel;a huge bank of rocks and hundreds of tons of sand appears after another storm,and the watercourse moves dozens of feet to one side, taking away significant portion of a field;sinkholes open up .And this is a stable area!?

It is no wonder ancient cities ,homes, and farms are still discovered in surprising current locations.


11 posted on 09/15/2013 7:49:32 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Hegemony Cricket
My doggy turned to me and said,
     "Let's head back to Tennessee, Jed."

(...there ain't no place I'd rather be)

12 posted on 09/15/2013 8:07:07 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Netz
I was also stunned. Ptolmey in Tennessee! Wow, TN was part of the ancient world? That means they can claim Nashville, Grand Ol Opry, Elvis AND Ptolemy! Wow!

Yes, I never knew just how OL the Grand OL Opry really was.

13 posted on 09/15/2013 8:20:11 AM PDT by Mark17 (It is every liberal's job to destroy America, and every conservative's job to stop him.)
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To: SES1066
Is there not a pyramid in Memphis?

There might be, but I wonder if there is a public library in Alexandria?

14 posted on 09/15/2013 8:23:37 AM PDT by Mark17 (It is every liberal's job to destroy America, and every conservative's job to stop him.)
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To: Hegemony Cricket
OK, ya caught me with the headline. I’m thinking, “Ptolemy was in TENNESSEE?!?!?!”...

You weren't the only one!;-)

15 posted on 09/15/2013 8:30:07 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

I’m thinking, “Ptolemy was in TENNESSEE?

***
Same here. Guess I am too parochial.


16 posted on 09/15/2013 3:07:15 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: hoosierham

True enough.
Thanks for sharing.


17 posted on 09/15/2013 8:53:29 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: SES1066
Is there not a pyramid in Memphis?

Couldn't say. But I do know there's one heck of a temple in Memphis!
People come from all over to see it! ;-)


18 posted on 09/15/2013 10:14:02 PM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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