16.2.05

Tsunamis reveals ancient sculptures

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The deadly tsunamis that crashed into southern India have unearthed priceless relics, including two granite lions, buried under sand for centuries. mong the tsunami "gifts" found in Mahabalipuram, 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of Madras, are the remnants of a stone house and a half-completed rock elephant, archaeologists say.

There are also two giant granite lions, one seated and another poised to charge. The statues are each carved out of a single piece of granite stone, testifying to the carver's skill.

The objects were uncovered when the towering waves withdrew from the beach, carrying huge amounts of sand with them.

The Hindu dynasty dominated much of South India from as early as the first century BC to eighth century AD and Mahabalipuram is now recognized as the site of some of the greatest architectural and sculptural achievements in India.


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