Poompuhar - 11,600 years older
  • Dear Friends,

    If any one you have the details or related books or articles about Poompuhar underwater research done by Graham Hancock on the year of 2002. He says that the Poompuhar site could date back 11,600 years ago. Under this topic if already discussed means please provide me those details. I would like to read those history details.
  • Here is a small link i found while searching for this Book:

  • Thank you very much for the information

    My theory that Sea was formed in B.C.10,000 is established here.

    Not only that Vedas were created in South pole when there was no sea., but full of forests.
  • Here's the NIO study at Poompuhar presented in 2004:

    Personally, looking at the study and at Hancock's article, I feel that he's
    jumping to several unfounded conclusions. He takes the "U-shaped structure"
    for example, and somehow concludes that it's 11,600 years old, even though

    a) this structure wasn't dated by his own admission,
    b) the rest of the artifacts recovered have been dated to an earliest date
    of about 300 BC, and
    c) it was suggested to him that building that structure would have been
    beyond the technology of ~9000 BC.

    Besides all that, his theories on Atlantis are dicey at best, to be honest.
    Remember, there's exactly ONE reference anywhere in the world for Atlantis -
    that of Plato. First, it makes sense to look at Plato's work before running
    off theorizing about ancient astronauts and glass islands. Plato wrote about
    Atlantis in two dialogues, Critias and Timaeus. In Critias, he uses the
    story of Atlantis to contrast between a "good" city (Athens) and a "bad"
    city (Atlantis), to further develop the ideas from *Republic*. Timaeus,
    which is incomplete, is more philosophical, and describes the journey of
    Solon to Egypt where he hears of Atlantis.

    Is there any reason to believe that all this is anything more than Plato's
    fiction? In Republic, he goes on and on about how it's virtuous to make up
    stories with a moral (aka, fables). Later, the same author talks about a
    purported city that was swallowed by the sea for being "bad" (by his
    definition of bad, anyway). He claims that Solon found out about Atlantis in
    Egypt, but neither do we hear of this from Solon himself, or from the
    Egyptians who supposedly knew of it. In antiquity, the story was never taken
    seriously - it was well understood that it was meant to be a metaphor and
    contrast to traditional Athenian values, made up by Plato, and unfortunately
    for us, using real historical characters in his stories.

    Modern mystics and cranks like Hancock have picked up this story, and gone
    off in a hundred different directions, each more fanciful than the last, on
    the flimsy basis of Plato's fiction and questionable speculation on real
    historical and archaeological evidence, linking every civilization to
    Atlantis to explain things that are easier explained without even
    postulating such a connection (that is, the real connections between
    cultures in the form of trade and other exchanges is enough to explain most
    of it. Atlantis need never come into play).

    I think I've gone on for much longer than I originally planned, so to

    a) Poompuhar seems to have been quite the city in Sangam times - and this is
    proved by archaeology, not "mere" literary references.
    b) Other speculations about highly advanced civilizations 11,600 years are
    unnecessary to explain what we see there.

    But finally, I do feel that 300 BC seems rather late for the earliest period
    there - I think it's possible that new finds may push the date back some
    more. "Some more", however, cannot be more than 10000 years in my opinion.
  • I believe that his argument is that -- for a port it must be adjacent
    to a land, and he supposes that mainland India is the landmass that port
    served. If that be the case, then the last time such a port at such a
    distance from current day shoreline would have been during the last ice
    age, which is dated as 11000 BC. I agree there is a lot of ifs in his
    argument. Could that port served an island mass adjacent to the current
    shoreline? I wonder what the geologists have reported. Raj Mutharasan
  • HI all,

    I might not be an expert on the matter but is there no possibility of what
    was discovered was an inland port? We do not know what the geography was
    like 11,000 years ago. And if the river was large enough it could have been
    used as an inland port like Musiri. If proved it might mean the existence of
    landmass that was swallowed by the sea little by little leaving the world as
    we know it. Also i find the legend of Atlantis a little intriguing and
    there seems to be many connections between our vedas and puranas with the
    rest of the ancient texts. For example, the Macha avatar of Vishnu and
    Noah's arc. I find this very intriguing. Can someone shed some light on this

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