Skip to comments.Underwater survey in TN to verify Ptolemy’s account
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 Ptolemys 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 Ptolemys 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 ...
A printed map from the 15th century depicting Ptolemy's description of the Ecumene. Photo credit- Wikimedia.
OK, ya caught me with the headline. I’m thinking, “Ptolemy was in TENNESSEE?!?!?!”...
I thought it was going to be about the Lost Sea in Sweetwater.
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.
Is there not a pyramid in Memphis?
I did too!
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.
Yes, I never knew just how OL the Grand OL Opry really was.
There might be, but I wonder if there is a public library in Alexandria?
You weren't the only one!;-)
Im thinking, Ptolemy was in TENNESSEE?
Same here. Guess I am too parochial.
Thanks for sharing.
Couldn't say. But I do know there's one heck of a temple in Memphis!
People come from all over to see it! ;-)