GULF OF CAMBAY SEABED OFF GUJRAAT
HIDES ANCIENT CITY
BBC NEWS: May 22, 2001: By Rajyasri Rao in Delhi
The images gathered over the past six months led to a surprising discovery - a
series of well-defined geometric formations were clearly seen, spread
irregularly across a nine-kilometre (five-mile) stretch, a little beneath the
Some of them closely resemble an acropolis - or great bath - known to be
characteristic of the Harappan civilization.
The Gulf of Cambay is one of the largest tidal areas in the world - with a
current of very high velocity - and so it is conceivable that the area may well
have submerged an entire ancient settlement, Mr Ravindran said.
But archaeologists are far more skeptical.
A leading marine archeologist says that far more detailed investigations need to
be done to confirm the exact date of the structures.
Experts say submerged pottery may offer a clue
S R Rao, who has spent years researching the nearby Gulf of Kutch, said the only
conclusive way of establishing the antiquity of the site was by studying pieces
of submerged pottery from the same area.
Mr Rao's own research led to the discovery of the first tidal dock in the world
- built at around 2300 BC in the port town of Lothal - at the head of the Gulf
But he says much more research and evidence is required to categorize the latest
discovery in the same manner.
Numerous Harappan archeological sites have been found in northern and western
India, as well as neighbouring Pakistan.
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