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8 de Febrero 2007

Underwater Roman Village?

Submerged Roman Village in Google EarthRecently an online news site (20minutos.es) in Spain picked up on a "discovery" someone made in Google Earth of what looks like a submerged ancient village near San Javier in Spain. Apparently, another spanish-speaking person first posted about this in December 2005 at the Google Earth Community (GEC). You can see the location here (I've increased the brightness and contrast in the thumbnail here). The location does indeed look like there were structures now submerged. The water is quite shallow (according to some it is less than a meter), and some have speculated maybe no one has done any diving there.

I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about this site? Is it an undiscovered ancient village? Or is it well known by the locals? Is it some kind of weird coral geometric coral formation? If no one knows, I bet some people will be doing some snorkeling and diving when it gets warmer.

Check out some other archaeological discoveries that have been made using Google Earth:

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 8 de Febrero 2007 a las 08:28 AM

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    i'm betting it's some sort of fish, crab, lobster, or some other edible sea animal nursery. i've seen these sorts of things other places, not in google earth, but in national geographic, and others...

    Enviado por: bob k at 8 de Febrero 2007 a las 09:09 AM

    I don't think this could be submerged architecture. First, there's the channel leading to the manmade harbor that looks like it passes through the north end of the 'structures'. It could be that these are remnants of the dredging that created the harbor structure that the canal leads to. Second, if that were a roman ruin, it's huge. Ancient cities that are a kilometer long would have been major settlements and, if lost, would have been the target of searches before now. Finally, I spent a summer documenting Aperlae, an underwater city on the southern coast of Turkey (36.158 N 29.783 E). There are significant structures, churches, tanks, bathhouses, at 1-2 meters depth that are undetectable in similar resolution DigitalGlobe imagery. Makes me very skeptical that the feature on the Spanish coast could be a submerged city.

    Enviado por: Kristopher Larsen at 8 de Febrero 2007 a las 12:51 PM

    What in the world is in the middle of that thing above it. Looks kind of like an airport or something.

    Enviado por: David Ogletree at 8 de Febrero 2007 a las 05:54 PM

    Yes. looks like a submerged village/city.

    Who ever the engineer/planner was who designed that Y-shaped housing development to the northeast should have their license pulled. It's design boggles the mind!


    Enviado por: ornithologist at 9 de Febrero 2007 a las 01:45 AM

    It could simply be a mussel nursery. See similar (although probably more modern) site there :

    Enviado por: reb at 9 de Febrero 2007 a las 04:12 AM

    When I saw this picture for the first time, I immediately thought these tracks were the result of dredging.
    See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dredge
    As I read that the water was very shallow here, I was quite sure that I'm right.

    Enviado por: Ernst M. Kofler at 9 de Febrero 2007 a las 07:36 AM

    Indeed, that could be from Roman times, though no sunken city but salt exploitation. See "http://www.statravel.com.au/cps/rde/xchg/SID-0A536D8E-5426BD94/au_division_web_live/hs.xsl/travel_guide_to_spain.htm?dest=162078&evt=WoW_105095_162078_en.xml"

    Cheers, tinbert

    Enviado por: tinbert at 10 de Febrero 2007 a las 04:33 AM

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