Time shifts layers over many ancient mysteries, however some, preserved underwater, tempt us to unravel their secrets.
Volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis and the sands of time have buried many ancient cities that contain mysteries we are yet to unravel. Some of these cities lay deep under the sea, giving marine archaeologists the opportunity to recover preserved artifacts that would not have survived had they not been submerged. The insights into our ancient history are profound.
Tourists may even view a few of these cities if they wish to dive down to explore them. They contain ancient artifacts and monumental structures that were dramatic wonders of the ancient world. Let’s take a look at some of the most mysterious underwater cities on earth:
Ancient legends have long spoken of an ancient submerged city in Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca. However, diving at such a high altitude has made it difficult for archaeologists to search for it beneath its surface, as they risk developing the notorious “bends.” Additionally, local people view the lake as sacred and discourage diving into its depths.
So far, archaeologists have not uncovered evidence of an entire city, but brave divers have discovered what appears to be an important ancient temple. Furthermore, they found a pre-Incan road, a terrace created for crops and a containing wall approximately 800 meters long. Additionally, many artifacts made of ceramic were on the lake floor.
Estimates suggest that the ruins are up to 1,500 years old. There could be more to uncover, but many obstacles stand in the way of bringing them to light.
The ancient port city of Thonis-Heracleion was a mere legend for over 1000 years until famed marine archaeologist Franck Goddio discovered it in 2000. During the 8th century BC, this city was the wealthy port gateway into Egypt. Not only an important trade city but also a sacred location.
Goddio found, amongst many priceless treasures, the remains of the Temple Amun. This temple revealed the importance this city held for Ancient Egypt. Pharoahs received their title of power in this location, and the Egyptians believed this gave them universal sovereignty.
Chinese archaeologists discovered an ancient pagan city deep within China’s deepest freshwater lake, Fuxian Lake. Additionally, they found around 30 buildings, roads made of cobblestone and around 42 stone artifacts.
Mysteries shroud just who the people were that lived in this city, as Chinese historical records make no mention of such a place. The members of this ancient society worshiped the sun and the moon and lived around 1,750 years ago.
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