The Amazing Sunken Cities Of The Ancient World

Published August 2, 2011
Updated November 8, 2023

Sunken Cities Of The Ancient World: Bay of Cambay, India

Bay of Cambay Sunken Cities Of The Ancient World

ImgurA lion in the ancient sunken city in the Bay of Cambay.

The sunken city in the Bay of Cambay is a massive, sprawling city, stretching five miles long and another two miles wide. It was a huge, powerful city with walls, sculptures, and businesses.

But the most incredible thing about it is that it was built 9,500 years ago – more than 5,000 years before the first great cities began to appear in Mesopotamia.

“Nothing else on the scale of the underwater cities of Cambay is known,” says author Graham Hancock.

The discovery of such a massive city in India, built so long ago, he says, completely changes our understanding of human history. “The whole model of the origins of civilization will have to be remade from scratch.”

Dwarka Sunken City

ImgurPhotographs from one the oldest sunken cities ever discovered.

The city was lost for thousands of years, buried under 120 feet of water in the Gulf of Cambay. It was pulled underwater, it’s believed, when the ice caps melted at the end of the last ice age some 9,000 years ago.

Marine scientists used sonar images and sub-bottom profiling to locate the lost ruins and it is believed the area was submerged when the ice caps melted in the last Ice Age. The Indian nationals have dubbed the find ‘Dwarka’ (The Golden City) in honor of ancient submerged city said to belong to Hindu god, Krishna.

Amazingly, after all those years underwater, architectural and human remains are still intact.

Mark Oliver
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