The top on the strange stuff found at the bottom of the Seine have you ever been amazed? So… Excuse me but… I’m not sure you’re really ready to learn what has already been found at the bottom of the oceans! Alalalalaaaa, all that stuff crawling under your little toes when you hit your best breaststroke. Think about it, before drinking the cup.
1. A paved road
A yellow brick road has just been discovered at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean by members of the exploration vessel “Nautilus”. Inevitably, scientists immediately wondered if they had just found the way to Atlantis. The question remains open, even if, for the researchers, it could only be the old bed of a dry lake, covered with volcanic rock. In any case, the crew planned to follow this path under -marin, to understand how this strange soil could have formed. If you want to follow the second-by-second exploration, the Nautilus seabed outings are broadcast live!
2. A 900 year old sword
In 2021, Shlomi Katzin will take a little splash in the Mediterranean Sea, near Caesarea (in the State of Israel). And boom, surprise at 4 meters deep: he falls on a one meter long sword, covered with corals and shells. According to the AIA (Israeli Antiquities Authority), this weapon ” belonged to a crusader knight“. The thing has gone through 9 centuries… It’s phew, isn’t it? To contemplate it, you will have to wait a little longer! Handed over to the Department of National Treasures, it will only be exhibited after analysis and cleaning.
3. The Lost City of Thônis-Héracléion
Although Atlantis has never been discovered, there are still several sunken cities that have been found in the depths. Among them: the city of Thônis-Héracléion, built in the 8th century BC at the entrance to the Nile delta, and engulfed by the waters after a first earthquake in the middle of the 2nd century, then a second in the 8th century. Rediscovered in the 1990s, new treasures are still identified there, including monumental statues, sarcophagi, columns decorated with hieroglyphics, amulets, dozens of boats, and, in 2019, the remains of a temple.
Aka the oldest submerged city found in the depths to date. Located off the coast of Laconia, it dates back to… the 15th century BC! Among the remains found: pieces of ceramics, and traces of ancient constructions. According to projections by specialists, the city was made up of 15 buildings, streets, two burial chambers and dozens of tombs, among others.
5. Yonaguni Monument
It was in 1985 that a scouting tourist dive organizer came across this monumental building in the depths of the Pacific, a hundred kilometers from Taiwan. This is a huge structure: a kind of pyramid made up of steps and terraces, about 25 m high, in sandstone. The mystery surrounding its origin remains whole: some attribute its construction to the hand of man, while others are convinced that it is a natural rock formation. (Source.)
6. A river at the bottom of the sea
Whoooooo? But how is this story possible? Well, go to Mexico, in the Cenote Angelita, where you can see a river flowing at the bottom of the sea: impressive. In fact, there is a scientific explanation for this: when hydrogen sulphate mixes with salt water, the liquid becomes heavier than that of seawater. The hydrogen sulphate/seawater mixture then forms a distinct mass, flowing like a river. CQFD. (source and pictures.)
7. The Antikythera Mechanism
A discovery which is not very young, but which nevertheless still contains many mysteries! The fragments of the “Antikythera machine” were found in the depths, in a wreck, in 1901, near the Greek island of the same name. This Roman galley has been dated to the 1st century BC, but historians are unable to find a consensus on the age of the craft! At the same time… The Antikythera machine, the oldest known gear mechanism, is so advanced and complex that specialists find it hard to believe that it was made so early in history. Even if only a third of the tool was found in spare parts, the experts agreed to consider it as the first ancient analog calculator, allowing the calculation of astronomical positions.
8. A Mammoth Tusk
This time, it was off California, in 2019, that researchers came face to face with… a mammoth tusk, more than 3000m deep. Not trivial! The divers then brought up a small piece of ivory to have it analyzed in the laboratory. After DNA sampling, scientists were able to determine that it was indeed this prehistoric animal, but in addition that it was a female. According to their hypothesis, she died on dry land, fell into the water, then drifted before sinking to the bottom of the ocean.