Tsunami uncovers ancient sculptures in Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu
The December 2004 tsunami, which battered much of the south Indian coast, has helped unearth priceless relics in the ancient port city of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. The killer waves shifted thousands of tonnes of sand to uncover granite sculptures which archaeologists claim, are remnants of a seventh-century civilisation. The sculptures include an elaborately carved lion, a half-completed elephant and a stallion in flight. RELATED STORY
"As the tsunami waves receded, they scoured away sand deposits that had covered these sculptures for centuries,' says Alok Tripathi, an underwater archaeologist. Tripathi, who led the Archaeological Survey of India (asi) team that excavated Mahabalipuram, says the discoveries throw new light on this ancient port city, south of Chennai.
• Cover : Tsunami - a year later [Jan.15, 2006] • Cover:Beyond Tsunami - Disaster management in India [Jan.31, 2005]