Posted on Jul 5th, 2016
While flying above the coast of Tanzania in a helicopter, a scuba diver spotted an unusual formation in the water; Now it turns out that those mysterious formations are a 2,000-year-old lost sunken city.
While flying a helicopter off the coast of Tanzania, a low tide created the ideal conditions for a scuba diver to spot strange formations in the water. Now, archaeologists believe they have discovered an ancient lost sunken city, known in the past as Rhapta, which thrived some 2,000 years ago.
The ancient city of Rhapta is believed to be one of the first metropolises of the African continent and a very important trading center for tortoiseshell and metal weapons.
However, the history of Rhapta declined since the ancient city disappeared over 1,600 years ago.
Modern day scholars have still not identified its original location, but there are a number of possible candidate sites off the coast of Tanzania.
But the scuba diver which spotted the unusual formation while flying above the coast might have come across the ancient city thanks to low tides which revealed huge structures located under water.
‘The formation was quite far in the distance, and I took a photograph and then blew it up,’ said Alan Sutton, a scuba-diver.
‘After several unsuccessful attempts to find the formations due to low water visibility…we managed to find them on a spring low tide,’ Mr. Sutton said.
‘What we found was far larger than expected. A series of what appear to be wide foundations ring a large area.
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