Drowned city bells ringing under the sea? ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH 448
Have you heard of this unusual phenomenon sometimes
reported off the east coast of England?
BELLS RINGING UNDER THE SEA
We stood on the beach, enjoying the gentle breeze.
“Yes, it happened right here,” I muttered, digging my toes
into the sand.
“You mean, the bells were ringing under the sea?” quizzed
I looked out over the waves. “Yes, down over there.”
Have you heard about Dunwich? That great British city in
the days of King Alfred (remember him, the “cake-burner”?)
Dunwich in East Anglia was a bustling town.
And in the reign of Henry II, it had a royal palace and
more than 200 churches.
Among sailors and merchants its market was known all over
Dunwich was so important, it used to return TWO members
Imagine a great city like this being slowly but surely
swallowed up by the greedy sea.
In 1347, more than 400 houses and as many shops and
windmills were engulfed.
When Sir Francis Drake was fighting the Spaniards,
scarcely a quarter of the fine old city was left.
At last, all that remained of Dunwich were the cracked and
battered walls of the Church of All Saints. For years it
hung poised on the very edge of the cliff – and then one
day crashed into the sea beneath.
The low cliffs are still crumbling away by five to six feet
BELLS THAT RING
UNDER THE SEA
Fishermen reported that during storms the bells of lost
churches could be heard pealing as the sea currents surged
through the drowned bell towers.
Can you imagine this:
Coastal erosion along a strip of the Yorkshire coast of
England has resulted in the loss of 35 towns since Roman
That’s right, 35 towns!
Do you have an atlas? Okay, see if you can find this:
Look for the narrowest part of the English Channel, namely
the Strait of Dover. Close to the English coast you may see
marked the Goodwin Sands, a line of sandbanks just beneath
These sandbanks are all that is left of the vast estate of
Earl Godwin, father of King Harold.
All this land, with its park, cattle, sheep and deer, sank
beneath the waves 900 years ago.
The Dover Strait is still widening by about one foot a year.
There are, of course, places where land has been built up
with earth eroded from other sites. But the overall result
has been loss of land.
SOME OTHER RECENT INUNDATIONS
* Denmark: Off the coast of Denmark is the small island of
Nordstrand. It is the last trace of a large tract of rich
farmland that, as recently as 300 years ago, was covered by
an inrush of the sea. Six thousand people and their homes
were swept away.
Holland: In the 13th century, the slowly rising North Sea
suddenly rushed inland over parts of low lying Holland and
formed the big inlet called the Zuider Zee, destroying
30 villages and 80,000 people. In the 19th century, the
Dutch reclaimed this rich land with dykes.
* England: During the reign of Henry II, one of the most
important seaports of England was Shipden in Norfolk on the
east coast. It had a large and beautiful church famous all
over England. Five hundred years ago, Shipden was swallowed
up by the sea – church, dock and all.
GRADUALLY RISING SEAS
Of course, not all underwater ruins found today have resulted
from the rising sea level.
In some cases the land actually sank under. Nevertheless the
rising ocean is still slowly but steadily wearing away the
coastlines of the world.
Generally the erosion is scarcely noticed. At times, however,
the waves suddenly gulp down wide stretches of land without
Some time back, I was invited to conduct a seminar series in
the Solomon Islands in the south west Pacific.
One of the folk told of a low-lying island in the Solomons
which was recently abandoned by its inhabitants, due to a
rising sea level.
Currently the sea level is rising at the rate of 1.5 feet
(45 centimetres) per century.
Recent predictions are for a dramatic increase in this rate
It’s a pity… some of our most exotic low-lying tropical islands
seem next in line to be swallowed up.
Want to see some special place before it disappears? There’s
probably no need to rush to your travel agent… not yet.
Actually, the world’s sea level has been inching up for the
past 4,000 years.
This has been caused by
(a) the melting of the post-Flood ice
(b) the gradual evaporation or outflow
of post-Flood inland basins to the
The gradual rise of the oceans is thus another ongoing
consequence of the Deluge.
Flood waters left behind on the land, in the form of ice or
inland lakes, have been gradually returning to the oceans.
The result has been not only a drying out of the land, but a
corresponding rise in sea level.
SURPRISE ON AN OLD MAP
The Hadji Ahmed map of 1559, whose original source dates back
thousands of years, shows a landbridge between Siberia and
Alaska, which existed when the original map was drawn.
If the ocean between these two land masses were lowered 100 feet
today, there would be a dry-land path between them.
According to some oceanographers and geologists, the ocean level
may have been as much as 500 feet lower than today.
Ireland was connected with England; the North Sea was a great plain;
Italy was joined to Africa, and exposed land cut the Mediterranean
into two lakes.
Since then, the rising seas have engulfed coastal land and islands,
turning isthmuses into straits and large islands into underwater
Along many of the world’s shorelines are lost islands, now deep below
the sea, with remains of cities, palaces and temples.
OVERFLOWING ONTO THE
In fact, most of the continental shelf, which marks the true
boundaries between the ocean basins and the continental areas, now
lies under a mean depth of 430 feet of water.
It ranges from 300 feet to about 1,500 feet.)
The present continental shelf probably defines the edge of the oceans
as they developed during the post-Flood glacial peak.
With the ice melt and the draining or evaporation of inland basins,
the seas rose, with minor fluctuations, to their present level.
The ocean basins can thus be characterized as overfull – water not
only fills the ocean basins proper, but extends out over the low
margins of the continents. So concludes a panel of geologists.
Oceanographers and geologists generally agree that a dramatic, rapid
rise of water occurred several thousand years ago.
This has slowed to about 1.5 feet per century.
Around the world’s coastlines are undersea river canyons, which were
once above the ocean. Such canyons cannot be cut underwater.
* The submerged Hudson Canyon, one hundred miles long and hundreds of
feet deep, could only have been formed above water when this extension
of the Hudson River was dry land.
* Off the coast of Europe are the Loire, Rhone, Seine and Tagus
canyons. The drowned Rhine Valley runs under the North Sea to
disappear between Norway and Scotland – showing that the North Sea was
* Numerous other canyons were cut at the edge of the former ocean
basin (now submerged): La Plata in Argentina, the Delaware and St.
Lawrence in North America, the Congo in West Africa.
* Off the African west coast are submerged river canyons whose rivers
no longer exist in the now-arid land.
All these canyons were cut out above water. Now they are submerged.
ANCIENT MAPS SHOW
The curious Buache map was copied from sources whose origins are lost
This ancient “treasure map” portrays correctly the location of the
Canary Islands and the correct outline of an underwater plateau which
formed their extended shape before the oceans rose.
Anciently, the Greek islands would have been larger and more numerous,
The Ibn Ben Zara map of 1487 (likewise copied from charts apparently
thousands of years old) does in fact show many islands which are now
OCEAN POURED INTO
MEDITERRANEAN AND BLACK SEA
In fact, there is evidence suggesting that as the ocean level rose,
it back-filled the Mediterranean.
And as the Mediterranean rose, it back-filled the Black Sea.
Consequently, a number of post-Flood roads and settlements became
This explains the drowned remains found in the Black Sea by Russian
scientists in the 1950s and later by Robert Ballard.
During an exploration of the seabed, Soviet archaeologists discovered
the legendary town of Diosuria at the bottom of the Black sea, off
Then, in September, 2000, at 311 feet beneath the surface of the Black
sea, Ballard’s team, with a submersible, discovered a collapsed
man-made building with planks and beams.
Ballard said, “If you drained it back, it would be rolling countryside
with meandering streams. We located the countryside and located the
The media saw this as evidence of a local flood that may have
inspired the biblical story of Noah.
How little do they know! Ballard did NOT find evidence of that Great
What Ballard found was a post-Flood regional catastrophe that occurred
several hundred years after the world-wide Flood – when melting
glaciers raised sea level until the waters of the Mediterranean
breached the natural dam of the Bosphorus.
Sea water which had first come in from the Atlantic to fill the
Mediterranean, now from the Mediterranean poured into the Black Sea
It poured in at 200 times the volume of Niagara Falls. The heavier
salt water plunged to the bottom of the existing fresh water lake and
began to fill the basin like a bathtub.
This rising lake-sea inundated and submerged thousands of square miles
of land, destroying local communities, killing people and wiping out
plants and animals.
But that was NOT Noah’s Flood.
In the Mediterranean, silting – as well as uplifting – of land has
occurred – so that some ancient ports, such as Ephesus, Priene and
Miletus are now miles from the sea.
And the remains of the former ancient harbour city of Phalassarna,
in Crete, lie 20 feet above sea level, on the cliffs!
Conversely, other ruins, such as a temple at Pozzuoli on the Adriatic
Sea’s Gulf of Venice have sunk… then come back up again. This temple
now shows the distinct holes left by underwater borers from
prolonged immersion 20 feet under the sea!
In the Mediterranean, earth movements resulting from earthquakes and
volcanoes account for most of the submerged cities, but not all.
Because of the general rising of the water level of the Mediterranean,
large sections of cities well known to history are now under water.
Among these are Baise (a sort of ancient Las Vegas), numerous points
along Italy’s western coast, cities along the Adriatic coast of
Yugoslavia, parts of Syracuse in Sicily, Lepis Magna in Libya, as well
as the ancient harbours of Tyre and Caesarea.
There are more than 250 known drowned cities in the Mediterranean.
Helike is believed to lie on the sea bottom near Corinth.
In ancient times this sunken city was a tourist attraction for Roman
visitors to Greece.
They used to pass over it in boats, admiring the ruins visible
through the clear water. The statue of Zeus, still standing, was
clearly visible on the bottom.
The small island of Malta, with its giant megaliths, gives evidence
of having once been part of a larger, now drowned, land.
ROADS DISAPPEAR INTO THE DEEP
A thousand feet offshore from the island of Melos are the ruins of
an ancient city at a depth extending to 400 feet.
From it there branch out roads, descending even deeper – to unknown
Jacques Costeau found on the sea bottom another paved road far out
in the Mediterranean.
Sicily was once joined to Italy by land over which ships now sail.
Five miles directly offshore from Marseilles, on the French Riviera,
at a depth of 80 feet, divers have found horizontal and vertical
mining tunnels, smelting facilities and slag heaps lying outside
HANNIBAL’S DROWNED CAMP
The camps that Hannibal used as a staging area prior to his invasion
of Rome lie under shallow water off Peniscola, on the eastern coast
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drowned cities, of interest.
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