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Experts Survey Seabed Off Gujarat For Dwarka Evidence (India)
New Kerala.com ^ | 8-17-2007

Posted on 08/19/2007 2:12:19 PM PDT by blam

Experts survey seabed off Gujarat for Dwarka evidence

New Delhi, Aug 17 : A group of archaeological experts and Indian Navy divers have conducted the first scientific survey off the Gujarat coast to establish whether or not the ruins on the seabed are of the mythological city of Dwarka, the capital of Hindu god Krishna.

"The area off the Samudranaraya temple at (present day) Dwarka is known to contain structures which have been widely reported and interpreted by renowned scholars. However, no scientific study of the area had been conducted so far," Alok Tripathi of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) told reporters here Friday.

"We found building blocks and collected samples. These have been sent for dating to establish the antiquity of the site," Tripathi, who is the ASI's only marine archaeologist, added.

A 21-member team conducted the survey in January-February. It comprised 10 specialists from the ASI and 11 divers of the Indian Navy. A report on the survey will be presented at a seminar on the Maritime Heritage of the Indian Ocean here Aug 23-24.

"While the ASI has the requisite data and archaeological expertise, the Indian Navy has the necessary wherewithal and expertise for subsurface search, exploration and recovery of artefacts," Rear Admiral, S.P.S. Cheema, assistant chief of naval staff (Information Warfare and Operations), explained of the collaboration.

"Before the excavation, naval divers were indoctrinated by ASI experts on the procedures and method to be followed during the investigation. These included aspects like documentation, controlled digging, and the retrieval, packaging and transportation of samples," Cheema said.

"The idea was to achieve maximum extraction without damaging the environment," he added.

Before commencing diving operations, a specialised naval hydrographic team systematically surveyed the area off Dwarka with the help of multi-beam sonar and side-scan sonar. The navy had deployed its survey ship INS Nirdeshak for this in November 2006.

"This enabled us generate a 3D model of the seabed so we could narrow down the area of search. We initially marked out a 200 metre by 200 metre area and eventually narrowed this down to 50x50 metre area," Tripathi explained.

This is the third time such a joint operation has been undertaken. The first was in 2002 off Bagram in the Lakshwadeep Islands in the Arabian Sea to unearth the remains of the Princess Royal, a British passenger ship that sank in the 19th century.

In 2005, submerged remains off Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu were unearthed.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adamsbridge; dwarka; godsgravesglyphs; gujarat; hindu; india; krishna; mahabharata; pandavas; rama; ramasetu; ramayan; rameswaram; ravana; seabed; sita; srilanka; tamilnadu; underwater; yaduvanshi

1 posted on 08/19/2007 2:12:22 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

Lost Civilisation From 7,500 BC Discovered Off Indian Coast

2 posted on 08/19/2007 2:14:55 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

Atlantis?


3 posted on 08/19/2007 2:29:06 PM PDT by Old_Mil (Rudy = Hillary, Fred = Dole, Romney = Kerry, McCain = Crazy. No Thanks.)
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To: Old_Mil
"Atlantis?"

Nah. It's over here:

Where Was Atlantis? Sundaland Fits The Bill, Surely!

4 posted on 08/19/2007 2:37:12 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Bilabong

You may be on the wrong thread.


6 posted on 08/19/2007 4:48:48 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Bilabong
"I was kidding."

Okay, then, welcome to Free Republic.

8 posted on 08/19/2007 5:12:37 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; 49th; ...
Thanks Blam.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list. Thanks.
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on or off the
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9 posted on 08/19/2007 9:48:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Friday, August 17, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

good one!


10 posted on 08/19/2007 9:55:46 PM PDT by ken21 (28 yrs +2 families = banana republic junta. si.)
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To: blam

he’s a troll

or

he’s got a screw loose!


11 posted on 08/19/2007 9:56:23 PM PDT by ken21 (28 yrs +2 families = banana republic junta. si.)
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To: ken21

You’re easily in my top five FReepers list. In fact, until just now, I never even had one of those. Unless I’d forgotten... in which case, the first FReeper to remind me goes on my “lump of coal” list. ;’)


12 posted on 08/19/2007 10:15:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Friday, August 17, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ken21

Are those options mutually exclusive?


13 posted on 08/20/2007 9:34:34 AM PDT by ASA Vet
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To: SunkenCiv
I never even had one of those. Unless I’d forgotten

You told me exactly the same thing a year ago, did you forget?

Senility strikes again?

14 posted on 08/20/2007 9:38:22 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Never mind, I might not be remembering how it really happened.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Anthracite list please.


15 posted on 08/20/2007 9:41:19 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Never mind, I might not be remembering how it really happened.)
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To: ASA Vet

Message from the Fancy Footwork Ping List!

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16 posted on 08/20/2007 10:16:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, August 20, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Bilabong

I nominate your post for the Stupidest Hijack Ever award.


17 posted on 08/20/2007 11:27:22 AM PDT by BJClinton (And then it occured to me: a real rocket scientist posted the Friday silliness thread on Thursday.)
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