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India's Undersea City


Title: Indian Archaeologists Divers Discover
Ancient Port City in South India

Source: Science AFP / ABC News Online

Date: Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005

Level: Advanced


Excerpt

Indian archaeologists have found what they believe are undersea "stone structures" that could be the remains of an ancient port city off India's southern coast.

The archaeologists learned of the structures after locals reported spotting a temple and several sculptures when the sea pulled back briefly just before deadly tsunamis smashed into the coastline on December 26.

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Vocabulary

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New words you will see in this article:

ancient

architectural

bar(ring)

cartographer

carving(s)

commodore

clutch

dynasty

erosion

exquisite

far-flung

fury

geometrical

granite

magnificient

mariner

naval

poise(d)

scour(ing)

smash(ed)

strewn

structure(s)

submerge(d)

tsunami(s)

vessel

Noted spelling differences between British and American English:

Archaeological/Archeological

Civilisation/Civilization

Learnt/Learned

Talking Points

With your tutor, conversation partners, or classmates, you may wish to discuss the following:

1. What makes this discovery most interesting to you?

2. How should the Archeological Society of India approach this project to preserve its ancient treasures?

3. Why was this undersea city not discovered by explorers before now?

4. If it were not for the tsunami, how long do you think it would have taken to find these ruins?

5. Do you believe there are other, yet undiscovered, ruins of ancient cities in the world? If so, where?

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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16