Historians, researchers, and divers were surprised and blown away by the incredible remains of a 3,000-year-old castle recently discovered at the bottom of Turkey’s Lake Van. The ruins were found during underwater excavations by a team of divers from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University.
Experts’ popular opinion claims that the ruins were once a fortress built by the ancient Urartu civilization, which existed during the iron age (9th-6th centuries B.C.). The Kingdom of Urartu thrived in the south of the Black and the Caspian seas, mountainous region of southwest Asia, an area that today covers Armenia, northwest Iran, and eastern Turkey.
During the time of Urartian dominance, the level of Lake Van was hundreds of feet lower.
When the water level rose, the great fortress was lost and forgotten. According to Science Alert:
“The level of the lake, however, has fluctuated quite dramatically over the millennia, and the researchers believe that the level was far lower at the height of the Urartian society than it is today, slowly rising over time to cover parts of the city.”
The discovered ruins stretch for more than half a mile.
The walls of the ancient castle reach to around 13 feet. The remains are also in good condition, thanks to the alkaline conditions of the lake. The solid structure is primarily made of cut stones.
Experts found a drawing of a lion on one of the stones, and this supports the theory that Urartians, whose popular motif were lions, built the castle.
An unpopular opinion is that the ancient remains came from a period within the Middle Ages instead.
The head of the diving team and an underwater photographer, Tahsin Ceylan, who has been exploring Lake Van for the last decade, thinks so. He believes that medieval builders reused materials from older structures to build the castle. He claims that the 600,000-year-old Lake Van became home to many civilizations that were especially drawn to the lake’s mysterious power. He was quoted by Science Alert:
“Many civilisations and people had settled around Lake Van. They named the lake the ‘upper sea’ and believed it had many mysterious things. With this belief in mind, we are working to reveal the lake’s secrets.”
Despite the two different theories, both divers and archaeologists agree that more research should be undertaken to know more about the ruins.
Amelia Earhart Died As A Lonely Castaway Or A Prisoner in Japan, Say New Theories
Amelia Earhart’s disappearance remains unsolved for 80 years.
On July 2, 1937, famous pilot Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world to become the first woman to ever achieve the feat. However, she and her navigator, Frederick Noonan, were believed to have disappeared over the Pacific Ocean when they aimed to land on Howland Island. Earhart, Noonan, and their plane were never found.
Amelia Earhart’s disappearance has remained one of history’s biggest unsolved mysteries that to date, theories of her whereabouts continue to emerge. It’s been 80 years since Earhart and her plane disappeared without a trace. It’s been widely believed that the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean. However, new theories suggest she may have died surviving as a castaway or that she was killed as a prisoner in Japan.
Amelia Earhart aimed to become the first woman to ever fly across the Atlantic ocean.
Egypt’s 3,500-Year-Old Luxor Tombs Will Soon Be Open To Tourists
Egypt hopes that these tombs will drive more tourists into the country.
Egypt is home to stunning ancient monuments that never fail to captivate those who are usually fascinated with historical places. It is easily one of the favorite holiday destinations for tourists. However, the country has been struggling in the tourism department in the wake of extremist attacks and political uprising in 2011.
In the hopes of attracting more visitors, the country just opened two unexplored tombs in Luxor that are 3,500 years old. The two tombs discovered in Luxor are located on the west bank of the famous Nile River, in a cemetery where high officials and noblemen are buried.
The Luxor tombs are called “Kampp 161” and “Kampp 150.”
Stunning Photographs Reveal Sunken Luxurious Roman City Lost for 1,700 Years
The sunken city of Baiae is like Las Vegas in ancient times.
The ancient city of Baiae in Rome is being compared to Las Vegas, in which it was a blooming area frequented by the nation’s rich and famous personalities. Baiae was once a popular resort where the elites and emperors expend their wealth and enjoy lavish parties. But 1,700 years ago, this grand city lost its vibrancy after nature took a lash at it and made it disappear beneath the waves.
Fast forward to many thousand years later, the site was rediscovered by an expedition team and it was found that most of the statues and mosaics have been beautifully preserved. Italian photographer Antonio Busiello captured stunning images of the old prosperous city, giving people a glimpse of what the luxurious playground was like in ancient Rome.