Traces of Ancient Civilization Found

Date 2001/5/19 23:48:02 | Topic: Hindu Press International


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 19, 2001: The Bhuj quake rekindled the theory that an earthquake was responsible for the disappearance of the Indus Valley civilization. Now the discovery of artifacts in the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat dating to 4000 to 6000 bce has given a new dimension to archaeologists in understanding the Harappan civilization. Underwater images of several geometric (and therefore likely manmade) objects in the Gulf, have been taken by a team of scientists from the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT). Union Minister for Ocean Development and Science and Technology, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, said an area spanning 9 km west of Hazira in Gujarat was found a metropolis-like image, partially covered by sand ripples at a depth of 30 to 40 meters. The possible existence of proper drainage system in the area, as well as a great bath measuring 41m x 25m with steps visible indicated the similarity of this new discovery to the great bath found at Mohanjadaro and Harappa. Among the findings was also a 44m x 19m structure with semblance to a temple, Dr Joshi said.







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