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" Archaeologists say they have discovered the site of an ancient temple in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.It is the latest in a series of archaeological discoveries in the area struck by December's tsunami, which desilted large areas of the coastline. The brick temple dates back m..."

Layers of sea shells and debris point to previous tsunami strikes

Archaeologists say they have discovered the site of an ancient temple in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.It is the latest in a series of archaeological discoveries in the area struck by December's tsunami, which desilted large areas of the coastline. The brick temple dates back more than 2,000 years to the late Tamil Sangam period and was discovered on the beachfront near Saluvankuppam, just north of a famous World Heritage site at Mahabalipuram.The discovery lends more weight to growing evidence that a huge tsunami hit the east coast of India during this period,obliterating large habitations along the coastline. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) made the discovery while looking for a 9th Century Pallava temple.

"The tsunami exposed inscriptions on a huge rock that had previously been protected as a site of importance," said T Satyamurthy of the ASI."These inscriptions dated back to 935 AD and said that Krishna the Third, from the Rashtrakuda Dynasty in Karnataka, had given gold to a temple to pay for keeping an eternal flame alight."This led us to dig further. Near the surface we found coins, pottery, stucco figurines and bronze lamps and so we knew there must be something more. Soon we discovered the remains of the 9th century Pallava temple."As they continued to excavate they came across the earlier Sangam temple. Thedistinctive shift from courses of brickwork to large granite slabs indicates the different periods."The Pallavas just built on the brick foundations left behind after the Sangam temple was levelled. The two periods are there, clear to see," said Dr Satyamurthy.Tsunami depositsBut it is the question of how these two temples were destroyed rather than their age that has fired the interest of the teams involved. Layers of sea shells and debris in the sand show that tsunami activity had twice levelled the temple complex."The Pallava structure was destroyed by waves some time in the 13th Century and evidence suggests that beneath it, we are looking at the remains of a brick temple that was destroyed by a tsunami approximately 2,200 years ago," said BadrinarayananS, a retired......


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