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Posted on 01/16/2002 5:18:59 AM PST by blam
Lost civilisation from 7,500 BC discovered off Indian coast
Archaeologists have found a civilisation dating back to 7,500 BC off India's western coast.
The find is 5,000 years older than any previously unearthed civilisation in the subcontinent.
Researchers uncovered pottery, beads, sculptures, a fossilised jaw bone and human teeth at the Gulf of Cambay site.(DNA tests?)
Previously, the oldest known civilisations were the Harrapan and Indus Valley communities - which date from around 2,500BC.
Murli Manohar Joshi, minister for human resources and ocean development, told The Times of India: "The findings buried 40 metres below the sea reveal some sort of human civilisation, a courtyard, staircase, a bathroom or a temple."
Researchers used carbon-dating techniques. The find was made by the Indian ocean development and archaeology institutes.
Story filed: 12:43 Wednesday 16th January 2002
Head of Mummy unearthed at burial site.
Wednesday, 16 January, 2002, 13:14 GMT
Indian civilisation '9,000 years old'
By Rajyasri Rao in Delhi
Marine scientists in India say an archaeological site off India's western coast may be up to 9,000 years old.
The revelation comes some 18 months after acoustic images from the sea-bed suggested the presence of built-up structures resembling the ancient Harappan civilisation which dates back around 4,000 years.
The Harappan civilisation is the oldest in the subcontinent.
Although Palaeolithic sites dating back around 20,000 years have been found on the coast of India's western state of Gujarat before, this is the first time there are indications of man-made structures as old as 9,500 years found deep beneath the sea.
Known as the Gulf of Cambay, the area has been subject to a great deal of archaeological interest due to its proximity to another ancient submerged site - Dwaraka - in the nearby Gulf of Kutch.
But investigations in the Cambay region have been made more difficult by strong tidal currents running at around 2 to 3 metres per second.
They impede any sustained underwater studies.
Marine scientists led by the Madras-based National Institute of Ocean Technology say they got around this problem by taking acoustic images off the sea-bed and using dredging equipment to extract artefacts.
A second round of investigations was conducted around three months ago.
The Indian Minister for Ocean Technology, Murli Manohar Joshi, told journalists the images indicated not only symmetrical man-made structures but also a paleo-river running for around nine kilometres on whose banks all the artefacts were discovered.
Experts say submerged pottery may offer a clue
Carbon dating carried out on one of these artefacts - a block of wood bearing the signs of deep fissures - dated it to around 7,595 BC.
Mr Joshi says his ministry plans to set up a multi-disciplinary group to look into what this discovery really means and what relation it may have to other ancient sites in the area.
Critics say the minister, who has been in the eye of a storm recently for attempts to Hinduise school history-text books, may well be presenting these archaeological discoveries as proof of India's glorious and ancient past.
But others say only further scientific studies can tell whether such a claim can be made at all.
Insert your joke here.
Probably so. Any cities or villages along ancient coastlines would have been inundated by the rising seas.
Remember, sea levels were several hundred feet lower during the last Ice Age.
Most people then, like now, lived near the sea, especially near river deltas and sites where rivers and streams emptied into the seas.
This is a public relations problem. Were the inhabitants of this palatial country estate actually Hindu, or were they related at all to the present inhabitants of India? There appear to be swamped and inundated stone city ruins all around the planet, both New World, and Old World. These ruins appear to predate even the Indo-European roots of our modern languages. Any inscriptions?
Experts say submerged pottery may offer a clue.
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