Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Clues To Missing Pagodas Found
Times Of India ^ | 7-6-2002 | Akshaya Mukul

Posted on 07/10/2002 4:51:08 PM PDT by blam

Clues to missing pagodas found

AKSHAYA MUKUL

TIMES NEWS NETWORK [ SATURDAY, JULY 06, 2002 11:49:09 PM ]

NEW DELHI: Submerged structures found off the coast of Mahabalipuram in the Bay of Bengal could well solve the mystery of seven pagodas dating back to the Pallava Period (7th Century AD).

The Archaeological Survey of India’s Underwater Archaeology Wing (UAW) has discovered three walls and a number of carved architectural members of ancient temples running north to south and east to west. Also found are seven big submerged rocks 500 metres off shore.

According to UAW in-charge Alok Tripathi, who undertook the diving 500 metres east and north of the Shore temple in November 2001 and March this year, ‘‘the walls are made of thick slabs of granite. Two long stone slabs, eachwith two vertical slits to receive two other stone slabs, were kept upright. Several such blocks arranged in a row formed a wall.’’

The technique of construction, he says, is so effective that these structures are still in place despite violent sea and high-energy surf.

‘‘The remnants are well carved and look like mouldings and pillars of temple. They are similar to the carvings in the existing temples of Mahabalipuram,’’ he says. Tripathi is hopeful of discovering more structures near the Shore temple. The ASI is planning to undertake diving towards the south of the temple.

‘‘We are planning to dive during the Tamil month of Tai which falls between December and January. We will trace the extension of submerged structures and clean them to reconfirm our conclusion about their nature and purpose,’’ he says.

Part of the local legend, the story of submerged offshore temples was first recorded by William Chambers, a British traveller, in the Asiatic Research Journal in 1788. He quoted older people having seen the ‘‘tops of several pagodas far out in sea’’, covered with copper. By the time Chambers visited the place ‘‘the effect was no longer the same as the copper had been incrusted with mould and verdigris.’’

What lends credence to the UAW’s excavation is a search carried out by divers of UK-based Scientific Exploration Society and Indian National Institute of Oceanography in April. They claimed to have found ruins spread over several square km off the coast. During the expedition, divers came across structures believed to be man-made.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; clues; found; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; pagodas

1 posted on 07/10/2002 4:51:08 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: blam
Earlier post on the same subject:

Divers Find Remains Of Six 'Lost Temples'

2 posted on 07/10/2002 4:55:41 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam
Somewhat Earlier:

Lost Civilisation From 7,500 BC Discovered Off Indian Coast

3 posted on 07/10/2002 5:00:40 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam
http://www.dailygrail.com/
4 posted on 07/10/2002 5:28:38 PM PDT by swarthyguy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Comment #5 Removed by Moderator

To: Confederate Keyester
"Blam have you ever noticed a recurring theme in all these legends. Civilization peaks and then is bombed back into the stone age by God or the gods? "

Absolutely. That's why I define myself as a catastrophist.

"Is it our time yet?"

Any day now.(I think we'll get it via a comet/meteor again)

6 posted on 07/10/2002 5:44:32 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Confederate Keyester
Check this out:

The Peopling Of The Americas (8,000 BC - 1,600 AD)

7 posted on 07/10/2002 5:52:53 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

Comment #8 Removed by Moderator

To: Confederate Keyester
"From their research it was clear that they had inhabited the area for several hundred years."

Great. What was the oldest date you saw?

9 posted on 07/10/2002 6:30:42 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

Comment #10 Removed by Moderator

To: blam; callisto; Ernest_at_the_Beach; LostTribe; RightWhale; Rutabega; PoisedWoman; Yeti; ...
((((((growl)))))



11 posted on 07/10/2002 7:05:51 PM PDT by Sabertooth
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam
Great article! Much is made of life near the ice caps during the ice ages but it is facinating to speculate about the now flooded but huge land areas three hundred feet less ocean would create. This land now under the ocean would have been the prime real estate for any emerging civilizations.
12 posted on 07/10/2002 7:11:09 PM PDT by JimSEA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: JimSEA
"...it is facinating to speculate about the now flooded but huge land areas three hundred feet less ocean would create."

300-500 feet are the numbers I frequently see published. Most accept 400 feet as the average oceans rise at the end of the Ice Age.

13 posted on 07/10/2002 7:25:45 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: blam
Nice link. Have you read Hancock's book about Mars?
14 posted on 07/10/2002 7:51:26 PM PDT by Interesting Times
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Interesting Times
"Nice link."

Thanks.

" Have you read Hancock's book about Mars?

No, what is the title?

15 posted on 07/10/2002 8:03:10 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: blam
Sorry... it's The Mars Mystery.

He pulls together quite a bit of evidence that Mars took a major asteroid hit and suggests this could have happened as recently as 20k years ago. There's also a lot on meteor hits on Earth, with possible connections to the collapse of civilizations. As usual, Hancock overstates his case somewhat, and he wastes a couple of chapters speculating about the "face on Mars" but it's an interesting read.

16 posted on 07/10/2002 9:18:00 PM PDT by Interesting Times
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: blam
Bump to the top.
17 posted on 07/11/2002 4:41:21 PM PDT by LostTribe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Interesting Times
Thanks, I'll review it.
18 posted on 07/11/2002 5:01:37 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

Just adding this to the GGG catalog, not sending a general distribution.
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on, off, or alter the "Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list --
Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.
The GGG Digest
-- Gods, Graves, Glyphs (alpha order)

19 posted on 05/19/2005 8:35:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FR profiled updated Tuesday, May 10, 2005. Fewer graphics, faster loading.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


· Catastrophism ping list · join · view topics · view or post blog · bookmark ·

20 posted on 11/19/2006 8:18:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, November 16, 2006 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson