10 great buildings, hidden on the seabed
Several years ago, half a mile from the shores of the Gulf of Corinth under silt fragments of buildings were found. In the course of further investigation of the ruins revealed that the remains of the buildings is not other than the architectural structures of the ancient city of Helice, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 373 BC. e.
The history of the ancient city, which is swallowed by the sea, not a single. Many of the ruins of ancient settlements buried it at the bottom, so if land can not locate the remains of the missing city, archaeologists have to start underwater excavations. many mysteries of the ancient world were uncovered as a result of these expeditions.
Today we tell about the lost city discovered under a layer of water.
Ancient Mayan city lies at a depth of 35 meters in the waters of Lake Atitlan. I found it was only in 1996, diver Roberto Samayoa. Scientists suggest that the city went to the bottom of some 2,000 years ago by volcanic activity. Altars, incense burners and other artifacts indicate that it happened suddenly.
Because of the earthquake in the year 335 BC. e. most of the ancient Alexandria was flooded. Among the sunken buildings appeared and the legendary Cleopatra's palace. In 1998, archaeologists managed to find the ruins of the city, including the lost palace. It features over 140 artifacts were found. Excavations continue to this day. The researchers do not exclude the possibility of creating an underwater museum.
Pavlopetri became the first underwater city that was discovered by archaeologists. Palaces, tombs and other buildings have remained almost in the same way as thousands of years ago. city location was first mapped in 2009. Archaeologists were surprised to find that the city occupies more than 30,000 square meters. Presumably, the city was submerged in 1000 BC. e. as a result of the earthquake.
This is one of the oldest and largest among ever discovered sunken settlements. The estimated age of the existence of the city - 7000 years BC. e. The remains of the ruins have been preserved so well that among the buildings can still be found skeletons of people. The city was discovered in 1984. How the city went under water for scientists is still a mystery. Researchers have put forward many theories, from tsunamis to the gradual increase of the sea level due to melting glaciers.
Port Royal, Jamaica
The main refuge of pirates, smugglers and other scum after the earthquake in 1692 turned out to be under water. During the excavation of underwater archaeologists have found the building, historical documents and some canned products. Currently in development is a number of projects for the modernization of the underwater city into a tourist attraction.
The complex of Yonaguni, Japan
Near Yonaguni Island in 1985 under a layer of water it was discovered a mysterious object - a giant monument to the many terraces. Underwater Pyramid is located at a depth of 25 meters. Presumably, the age of the monument is more than 5000 years. Who built it, and under what circumstances he was under water for scientists remains a mystery.
Heracleon and Canopus, Egypt
Heracleon and Canopus called twin cities guarding the gates of Egypt. More than 1,200 years ago, after the flood, they disappeared under the water. Presumably, the city had been built over the giant voids filled with water, and at some point under the weight of structures they have failed. Before their discovery in 1999, the only evidence of their existence remained a manuscript historian and stories from mythology. Ancient ruins were discovered at a depth of 7 meters. With its many temples, statues and houses both cities were literally frozen in time.
During the heyday of the Roman Empire Bailly was a favorite place among the aristocracy. The city was destroyed in the 8th century AD, the Muslim invaders, and was completely abandoned in 1500. Due to the volcanic activity over time the city went under water.
Ancient Dwarka was located on the banks of the river Gomti. It is believed that it is submerged by certain events. The ruins were discovered in 2000 at a depth of 35 meters in the Gulf of Cambay. Age raised some artifacts dated back to the year 7500 BC. e.
Unknown ruins, Yucatan Channel, Cuba
Not far from the coast of Cuba in 2000, a group of scientists has discovered underwater ruins of the ancient city. Archaeologists suggest that the structures were built thousands of years ago developed civilization. So far, scientists have only a computer model of the city, and they continue to explore megalithic ruins.