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Over the past 30 years or so there have been numerous discoveries about the ancient world, many of which cannot be explained by the traditional views of prehistory as interpreted by mainstream archaeologists. It would be impossible to keep abreast of them all, but many have major implications for our greater understanding of the cataclysmic events of antiquity which are remembered in the stories of Atlantis, the Deucalian flood, and the flood of Noah that have been passed down from generation to generation in both oral and written traditions since time immemorial ...

Of course, there are so many ancient tales of flooded kingdoms, cataclysmic inundations and sunken lands from more or less every corner of the world, that it is difficult to avoid the basic question of whether or not they all refer to the same cataclysm, or a series of cataclysms that happened over several millennia from around 15,000 BC to around 1,500 BC? Many scientists now believe that there were a series of rapid sea-level changes which marked the abrupt end of the last Ice Age, especially at the time of Plato's original date of 9,600 BC where he placed the supposed destruction of Atlantis.

The melting ice-sheets, it is believed by 'uniformitarians', were sufficient to account for these sea-level rises, but other scientists are looking at the possibility that supermassive quantities of water-ice were rudely delivered to the Earth by a giant comet which passed close to the Earth and the Moon at the end of the Pleistocene era - again at around 11,500 years ago. This "event" was coeval with the world's major mountain ranges - such as the Alps, the Andes, and the Himalayas - attaining their present elevations, whilst many of the world's low-lying basin areas collapsed in an abrupt series of crustal deformations caused by the gravitational effects of a celestial body in such close proximity to Earth.

Many of the world's 'deluge traditions' refer to a celestial agency as having been the cause of the global floods, as well as the major rifting of Earth's crust in numerous locations, and possibly also causing a tilt in the Earth's rotational axis which brought about the seasons and the frigid polar regions as we now know them. The mass extinctions which marked the end of the Pleistocene and the start of the present Holocene era are also dated to between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago, as are the unconsolidated jumbles of now extinct land animals, marine lifeforms, and Pleistocene flora which comprise the many types of 'drift deposits' found jammed with extreme force into caves and rock fissures worldwide.

Many species from widely differing climatic zones and habitats lie side-by-side in bits and pieces evidencing the violent nature of their common demise, and careful analysis of these suggest the cause as being not the Ice Age of the uniformitarians, but the tumultuous swirling waters of mega-tsunami. Either way, the major question which cannot any longer be reasonably avoided by serious prehistorical researchers must be:

"What more evidence of ancient civilisations, and of the sea-faring peoples of world-wide
mythology, remains to be discovered beneath the waves on the
continental shelves all around our planet?" ...

 

Below are some video reports about the remains of ancient cities that have recently
been discovered underwater on coastal shelves around the world:

 

Sunken Ancient Egyptian City Discovered

 

 

 

 

Ancient City of Dwarka Discovered
off the NW coast of India

 

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"Legendary sunken treasure discovered in SW China"

March 20, 2017, XinhuaNet, China
"A centuries-old legend that a vast booty of treasure belonging to the leader of a Chinese peasants uprising was lying at the bottom of a river has now been proven true.

After more than 10,000 items of gold and silver were recovered from the bottom of Minjiang River in Sichuan Province, archeologists confirmed Monday the tale of Zhang Xianzhong and his sunken treasure, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Legend had it that in 1646, peasant leader Zhang Xianzhong was defeated by Ming Dynasty soldiers while attempting to transfer his large haul of treasure southward.

About 1,000 boats loaded with money and assorted valuable were said to have sunk in the skirmish.

But for centuries the story remained little more than a rumor with no reliable evidence."
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[Another great story showing that ancient legends are generally fact-based - if only the archaeologists would have listened. It's really well worth a visit to read the story in full, and see over 20 pages of hi-res images of the various finds - Ed.]

 

"Crusader shipwreck, gold found by diving archaeologists
in Israel"

March 10, 2017, Ha'aretz, Israel
"The long-lost wreck of a crusader ship and sunken cargos dating to the 13th century C.E. have been found in the bay of the crusader stronghold city Acre, in northern Israel.

Gold coins dating to the destruction of the crusader bastion in 1291 C.E., when the Mamluk Sultan of Egypt stormed it in a struggle to wrest the Holy Land from the crusaders, were also found in the water by the archaeologists, led by Dr. Deborah Cvikel, Dr. Ehud Galili and Prof. Michal Artzy from Haifa University.

Meanwhile, on land in Acre, an excavation led by Haifa University's Prof. Adrian Boas has found the long-lost headquarters of the Teutonic Order on the eastern side of the city, outside the Ottoman walls.

Beginning with the First Crusade in 1096 C.E. and continuing for two centuries, Christian armies crossed back and forth between Europe and the Middle East, vying against Muslim forces.

Control over Jerusalem was a key issue."
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[Amazing story! Well done Ha'aretz for publishing this discovery. It's really well worth a visit to read it in full, and see the many incredible images of the various finds - Ed.]

 

"Fabled 'Atlantis Alloy' Recovered in Greater Numbers
From Ancient Shipwreck"

February 28, 2017, Seeker, USA
"More ingots of orichalcum, the ancient metal that was purported to be mined at the mythical island of Atlantis, have emerged from the seas of Sicily.

Underwater archaeologists who have been investigating the remains of a ship that sunk 2,600 years ago off the coast of Gela in southern Sicily recovered 47 lumps of the precious alloy earlier this month, along with a jar and two Corinthian helmets.

The newly found ingots come in addition to the 39 orichalcum lumps that were originally recovered in 2015 from the same shipwreck.

'The ship dates to the end the sixth century B.C.', said Sebastiano Tusa, an archaeologist who serves as Sicily's superintendent of the sea.

'It was likely caught in a sudden storm and sunk just when it was about to enter the port.'"
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[An interesting story and well worth reading it in full. Also look at the comments - Ed.]

 

"Show of shipwrecked treasures raises scientists’ ire"

February 07, 2017, Nature, UK
"Archaeologists worry that a museum exhibition will encourage exploitation of priceless historical sites.

A museum show of sumptuous treasures from a ninth-century shipwreck is being denounced by researchers, who say that commercial salvage of the artefacts irreversibly damaged the wreck’s scientific value.

On 6 February, the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology sent a letter of opposition to the Asia Society, the non-profit group that is mounting the show of Chinese Tang-dynasty porcelains, gold vessels and other objects from the wreck at its New York City museum.

Critics fear that the exhibition, slated to open on 7 March, will encourage exploitation of wrecks by for-profit firms.

Museums that show salvaged treasures don’t intend to promote treasure-hunting, 'but that’s the effect it has', says Marco Meniketti, an archaeologist at San José State University in California who leads the advisory council."
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[This is a very important story, and well done Nature for hi-lighting it! It's well worth reading the full story and following the relevant links - Ed.]

 

"Goddess sculpture found in Aegean Sea"

January 23, 2017, Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey
"A ceramic sculpture, which is said to be the biggest one in the history of Turkish underwater history, has been discovered off the coast of the Bozburun neighborhood in the western province of Mugla's Marmaris district.

The 2,700-year-old sculpture found during examinations in a ship wreckage, which was unearthed last year in November, belonged to a Cypriot goddess.

The works, carried out by Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) Marine Science and Technology Institute, unearthed the sculpture 43 meters under water, and is reported to date back to the archaic period.

The institute's Aegean Research and Application Center (EBAMER) Deputy Director and the head of the excavations, Associate Professor Harun Özdas, said the excavations were carried out with the permission of the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the support of the Development Ministry.

He said they only found the lower half of the ceramic sculpture along with ceramic plates and amphoras."
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[Another great discovery showing how widespread the Goddess reverence was in not so ancient times. Her different names in the same cultures will likely be shown to follow a simple, but important, seasonal rhythm - Ed.]

 

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Marine Archaeology Discoveries made in 2016
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"Underwater Stone Age settlement mapped out"

November 14, 2016, Lund University, Sweden / EurekAlert
"Seven years ago divers discovered the oldest known stationary fish traps in northern Europe off the coast of southern Sweden.

Since then, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have uncovered an exceptionally well-preserved Stone Age site.

They now believe the location was a lagoon environment where Mesolithic humans lived during parts of the year.

Other spectacular finds include a 9,000 year-old pick axe made out of elk antlers.

The discoveries indicate mass fishing and therefore a semi-permanent settlement."
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Underwater Stone Age settlement mapped out

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[Amazing footage of the now-underwater settlement - Ed.]

 

"13th-century relics from Majapahit kingdom found
beneath Malacca river"

November 06, 2016, Straits Times, Singapore
"Relics possibly dating back to the 13th-century Majapahit empire are believed to have been found along a 2km stretch beneath the Malacca river.

Two weeks ago, a group of professional divers apparently discovered parts of a Hindu temple and a fort-like structure.

They believed that these ancient finds could point to a submerged city that existed even before Parameswara founded Malacca in 1400.

The Majapahit empire was centralised in east Java and was a vast archipelagic kingdom during its peak between 1293 and 1527."

[Read The Full Story]

[A really interesting discovery, and well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

 

"Hundreds of unopened bottles found on mystery shipwreck"

November 02, 2016, The Local, Sweden
"Diver Jerry Wilhelmsson was out looking for a different shipwreck altogether off the south coast of the Åland islands (Finland's autonomous Swedish-speaking islands between Stockholm and Helsinki) when he came across an incredible discovery.

Sitting in front of him at a shallow depth was an unusually well-preserved 27 metre long shipwreck, complete with anchor, figurehead and hundreds of unopened bottles.

Wilhelmsson and his diving team Baltic Underwater Explorers now have permission to take some of the bottles back up to the surface in the hope that analysis will provide an explanation for where the mysterious wreck came from.

'It’s quite rare to find a wreck in this condition with cargo intact at a relatively shallow depth', Magnus Melin of Baltic Underwater Explorers told The Local."

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[Another very interesting underwater find in the Baltic area which has been a marine trade route for many centuries. Well worth a visit read the full story - Ed.]


 

"Diving archaeologists find treasures in sunken ship carrying the Parthenon marbles to Britain"

November 01, 2016, Ha'aretz, Israel
"A trove of treasures, from ancient Egyptian statues to coins and amphorae with stamped handles, has been found inside the wreck of the Mentor, one of the ships used to transport the Parthenon marbles from Piraeus to England.

Egyptian statues, coins and jewellery among treasures Lord Elgin's brig Mentor carried when the overladen ship sank off Kythera.

The overburdened frigate sank in 1802 southwest of the island of Kythera.

Even 200 years of depredation by looters failed to find all its secrets, which are now being uncovered by marine archaeologists.

The precious marble slabs themselves were saved from the depths at the time: Lord Elgin lost no time ordering their salvage.

Now marine archaeologists from Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, headed by Dr. Dimitris Kourkoumelis, have revisited the Mentor and excavated more of the hull, which had been badly damaged by the many salvage operations, and looting, over the years."

[Read The Full Story and see the amazing underwater images]

[An amazing story from Ha'retz! The sheer number of artifacts found is astounding. It's well worth a visit to see the incredible images and read the full story - Ed.]


 

"Shipwreck Highlights Sprawling Sea Trade"

July 23, 2016, The Cambodia Daily, Cambodia
"Sometime in the 15th century, a ship caught fire off the coast of Koh Kong province and sank about 20 meters to the ocean floor.

Over 500 years later, a group of Vietnamese fishermen cast their nets about 20 km off the coast of Koh Sdech island and hauled in an unlikely catch.

They might have snagged one of thousands of pieces of Thai ceramics that sat alongside Chinese porcelain, ivory and untold other artifacts, evidence of a bustling maritime trade that stretched across Southeast Asia and beyond.

A recently completed inventory of the objects hints at surprising connections between the sea trade and centuries-old jars laden with human bones hidden high on the ridges of the Cardamom Mountains.

By the time the Koh Sdech ship sank, Cambodia already had centuries of experience trading along its coast.

Chinese records document a loosely-affiliated string of states along the Cambodian coast known as Funan that traded along a route connecting China to Southeast Asia and India, according to a paper by Geoff Wade, a researcher on historical Asian relations and a visiting fellow at Australian National University."
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[As if more evidence of extensive maritage trade in southest Asia were needed, here is another report showing just how extensive it was all over the region. Another good story and well worth a visit to see the images and read the full story - Ed.]


 

"Hong Kong’s sunken treasure: ancient anchor and cannon reveal our rich maritime history"

July 19, 2016, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
"Two monumental artefacts were recovered over the weekend by a local diving group, marking a maritime heritage milestone for Hong Kong.

A diving team from the Hong Kong Underwater Heritage Group recovered an anchor stock - the upper part of an anchor - around Basalt Island, and a cannon off the coast of High Island.

The anchor stock is believed to date back to the Song Dynasty, making it over 1,000 years old - Hong Kong’s oldest marine artefact.

'It’s important for Hong Kong’s [maritime] history because it’s evidence to show that Hong Kong is a location worth investigating', Dr Libby Chan Lai-pik, senior curator at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum said.

The museum is a sponsor of the Underwater Heritage Group.

'The anchor is proof that Hong Kong was perhaps quite advanced during the Song Dynasty in terms of water transport and commercial trade.'"

[Read The Full Story]

[More discoveries underwater in the Far East! This is another example of just how large maritime trading was in that region and globally well before European interventions tried to dominate it. A good story and well worth a visit to see the images and full story - Ed.]


 

"23 More Wrecks Found at Greek Hotspot for Sunken Ships"

July 12, 2016, Live Science, USA
"A cluster of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea is giving up some of its deep secrets, as archaeologists have now found 45 shipwrecks there in less than a year's time.

Back in September 2015, a team of Greek and American divers located an astonishing
22 shipwrecks over the course of a 13-day survey around Fourni, which is composed of 13 small islands, some too tiny to show up on maps.

The team went back to the eastern Aegean islands in June to expand the search.

By the time the three-and-a-half-week survey was finished, the researchers bested their first effort: They documented another 23 shipwrecks, bringing the total to 45."
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[This is a great story about new discoveries underwater off the Greek Islands. It's well worth a visit to read the full story and you can see the many of the recently-released underwater images of the finds here - Ed.]


 

"Has the 2,000-year-old lost city of Rhapta been found?"

July 04, 2016, The Daily Mail Online, UK
"While on a helicopter flight off the coast of Tanzania, a low tide allowed a scuba diver to spot an unusually-shaped formation in the water.

Archaeologists believe what they found was an ancient sunken city, known as Rhapta which thrived 2,000 years ago.

Rhapta is believed to be Africa's first metropolis and a trading hub for tortoiseshell and metal weapons.

But little is known about Rhapta's story since its disappearance more than 1,600 years ago."
[Read The Full Story]

[Well done The Daily Mail Online for publishing this story. Rhapta, mentioned by Claudius Ptolemy's account of the visit by Diogenes, will, if found, be one the ,most important underwater discoveries made for many years. It's well worth a visit to read the full story and see the many amazing coastal and underwater images - Ed.]


 

"Divers Discover 'Spectacular' Cargo of Ancient Shipwreck
in Caesarea Harbor"

May 16, 2016, The Jewish Press, Israel
"A fortuitous discovery before the Passover holiday by two divers in the ancient port of Caesarea has led to the revelation of a large, spectacular and beautiful ancient marine cargo of a merchant ship that sank there during the Late Roman period, about 1,600 years ago.

As soon as they emerged from the water, divers Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra'anan of Ra'anana contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority and reported the discovery and the removal of several ancient items from the sea.

A joint dive at the site together with IAA archaeologists revealed that an extensive portion of the seabed had been cleared of sand and the remains of a ship were left uncovered on the sea bottom: iron anchors, remains of wooden anchors and items that were used in the construction and running of the sailing vessel.

Many of the artifacts are made of bronze and are in an extraordinary state of preservation: a bronze lamp depicting the image of the sun-god Sol, a figurine of the moon goddess Luna, a lamp in the image of the head of an African slave, fragments of three life-size bronze-cast statues, objects fashioned in the shape of animals: a whale, and a bronze faucet in the shape of a wild boar with a swan on its head."
[Read The Full Story]

[A really interesting underwater discovery, and full marks to the divers for contacting the antiquities authorities to ensure the site wasn't looted and get the recovery job done by the experts. Well worth a visit to read the full story and see the many amazing images - Ed.]


 

"2000-year-old temple found underwater off Indian coast"

April 02, 2016, Digital Journal, USA
"A decade after temple ruins were glimpsed during the 2004 Asian Tsunami, divers have now confirmed the existence of an ancient temple and possibly much more, off the Indian coast.

The ruins are located close to the popular tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mamallapuram, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Just before the devastating 2004 Asian Tsunami hit, the ocean receded several hundred feet, and tourists reported glimpsing large stones and boulders in the distance.

A 10-member team from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) surveyed the area from March 10 to 18, and have found the ruins of one of six ancient temples that are thought to have been swallowed up by the ocean as sea levels rose.

The team, comprising of divers, geologists and archaeologists found a ten meter wall, a flight of stairs and carved blocks of stone on the ocean bed in twenty seven feet of water."
[Read The Full Story]

[We reported on these discoveries several times since 2001, when similar ancient urban remains were also discovered in the northwest of India submerged in the Gulf of Cambay and beyond. This latest development is well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


 

"Monumental Piers Found in Sunken Harbor City of Corinth"

March 13, 2016, Ha'aretz, Israel
"Underwater excavations of the ancient city of Corinth have uncovered monumental piers and evidence that the sunken port of Lechaion functioned as a booming trading hub for over a thousand years.

Ancient sources speak of Corinth as a wealthy trading center with a mixed population of Greeks, Romans, and Jews.

According to the Greek Scriptures, it was in the Corinth synagogue that Paul the Apostle preached and sparked controversy among its members.

Now, recent underwater excavations by a team of Danish and Greek archaeologists have uncovered the infrastructure of a major harbor, and evidence of vibrant maritime activity spanning the 6th century BCE to the 6th century CE."
[Read The Full Story]

[There are some amazing photos of the discoveries underwater, along with maps and diagrams to accompany the story. Well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


 

"Sediments Betray Hidden Shipwrecks"

March 12, 2016, NASA Earth Observatory, Earth Orbit
"The planet's oceans are littered with shipwrecks-perhaps as many as three million. Most have gone down close to shore, where hazards like rocks, reefs, other submerged objects, and vessel congestion are abundant.

While there is a romantic association between shipwrecks and buried treasure, there are more practical reasons to know the precise locations of sunken ships.

Now archaeologists and navigators have a new tool for locating shipwrecks. Structures and vessels resting on the seafloor in near-shore waters can create telltale sediment plumes on the sea surface.

Using data from the Landsat 8 satellite, researchers recently detected plumes extending as far as 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) downstream from shallow shipwreck sites.

The study has demonstrated that Landsat and Landsat-like satellites can be used to locate these watery graves."
[Read The Full Story]

[Satellite imagery is proving an unexpected boon to archaeology - both on dry land and underwater. The two satellite photos of the ship wrecks are really interesting and well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


 

"Archaeologists find submerged Qin dynasty ‘seaside palace’
of China’s first emperor"

January 19, 2016, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
"Archaeologists believe they may have found a submerged seaside palace built more than 2,200 years ago by China's first emperor, Ying Zheng, mainland media reports.

The building, thought to date back to the Qin dynasty (221-207BC), was discovered under the sea off the coast of Suizhong county, in Liaoning province, researchers from Liaoning and Beijing told the Liaoshen Evening News

The largest discovery was a 60-metre wide square, formed of large stones, which could be the foundations of a large platform for religious sacrifices or other important activities, the archaeologists said.

They also found the remains of a stone road running through the palace."
[Read The Full Story]

[Makes you wonder how much more is down there waiting to be discovered. The two underwater photos of the discoveries are awesome and well worth a visit to the site - Ed.]


 

"New Book Says Atlantis Could Be Just West Of Scilly"

January 11, 2016, Scilly Today, Lyonesse
"The mythical land of Atlantis could be just to the west of Scilly. That's the theory being put forward in a new book by author Philip Runggaldier.

In
"Atlantis and the Biblical Flood: The Evidence at Last?" Philip discusses the evidence that an advanced society living on the dry plain that once stretched from western England to southern Ireland was wiped out by a massive flood during the last ice age.

Philip says as the earth warmed, a giant lake, known as Llyn Llion or 'the lake of floods', formed on what is now the Irish Sea.

And when the ice gave way, around 14,700 years ago, it produced a megaflood that swamped coastal Wales, the West Country and southeast Ireland and even reached the northern shores of Scilly."
[Read The Full Story]

[Only available on Kindle edition at present. Hard copy eagerly awaited - Ed.]


 

"Relics salvaged from ancient Chinese ship"

January 10, 2016, CanIndia News, Canada
"More than 14,000 relics have been retrieved from an ancient cargo ship after it was salvaged from a depth of 30 meters below the surface of the South China Sea, Chinese archaeologists have said.

Most of the relics were porcelain products such as pots, bottles, bowls and plates produced by then famous kilns in places now known as Jiangxi, Fujian and Zhejiang, reported Xinhua news agency.

As of January 5, archaeologists have also excavated hundreds of gold, silver and copper relics and about 17,000 copper coins.

The well-preserved ship dates back to the early Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)."
[Read The Full Story]

[A good first marine archaeology story for 2017 - Ed.]

 

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"Do undersea relics near Okinawa offer proof of a sophisticated civilization during the last ice age? Archeologists have long believed that civilization as we define it - intelligent, tool-making, monument building, social humans - began about 5,000 years ago. But submerged beneath the waves near the Japanese island of Yonaguni is evidence that may well overturn that long-held theory.

A small but persuasive number of scholars and scientists have long thought that "advanced" societies may have existed as long as 10,000 years ago. Their theories, however well reasoned and defended, have been hamstrung by a lack of evidence. But recent discoveries of man-made artifacts on the Pacific seafloor may well prove to be the smoking gun that will propel this alternative view of civilization to prominence".

see the evidence with 'unique underwater footage' of the Yonaguni structures
in the new DVD of the 'History Channel' television programme

"Japan's Mysterious Pyramids"
Only Available On NTSC DVD

 

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