Danish, Swedish archaeologists announce vast underground city in North Sea
- Maybe this will help brighten the mood around here.
(Copenhagen, Denmark) -- March 30, 2005. Undersea archaeologists
revealed for the first time today that they have been studying the
ruins of an ancient city under the waves of the North Sea. The
Undersea Ancient Habitation Project, jointly funded by the Danish
Geography Authority and the Swedish Institute of Undersea Studies,
has been conducted in secret for the past two years.
"We were afraid that commercial interests would exploit this
extraordinary find before it could be properly studied and mapped,"
says Dr Stig Källén of the Swedish institute. "The site was first
identified as a possible archaeological location in 2002 by a
petroleum exploration vessel." Dr. Källén refused to identify the
vessel or its operating company, citing a confidentiality agreement
between the company and the two research organizations.
The site reportedly covers an area of several dozen square
kilometers, according to the 25-member research team. Two of the team
members are from other European research organizations. "I was asked
to participate in this project because of my experience with
underground cities," says Dr. Reinhard van Gelder, on loan from the
Royal Museum of Antiquities in Amsterdam. Van Gelder, who headed up a
research team in the Alps a few years ago, wrote a controversial
paper about an underground complex his team discovered in late 2001.
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