Explorers believe they have discovered remains of a mythical city off the coast of India.
According to legend it was swallowed up by the sea about 2,000 years ago.
An expedition from the Scientific Exploration Society and India's National Institute of Oceanography discovered the ruins off the coast of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu.
Structures which appear to be man-made were found at depths of five to seven metres.
Local legend tells of a great city containing seven temples, so beautiful that the jealous gods sent a flood to engulf it.
Author Graham Hancock, who has spent 10 years investigating early civilisations, joined the expedition. He is convinced the city is the same as the one referred to in the legend.
A spokeswoman for the Scientific Exploration Society said: "Southern India has a big tradition of myth that large areas were inundated by the sea. It's difficult to tell how old the site is. The NIO has said it is 1,500 to 2,000 years old.
"The ruins include walls, steps and stone blocks. The structures have been severely damaged over the years but are clearly man-made. Everyone is very excited about the discovery."
In January scientists announced the discovery of an ancient metropolis 120ft under the sea in the Gulf of Khambhat, north-west India, which could be one of the oldest cities known. Fragments of pottery, carved wood, bone and beads have been dated to more than 9,000 years old.
Mr Hancock believes the discovery supports his theory that complex civilisations existed in the Ice Age but were wiped out when the ice melted, submerging 15 million square miles of land.
An ancient underwater city has been found off the coast of south-eastern India.
Divers from India and England made the discovery based on the statements of local fishermen and the old Indian legend of the Seven Pagodas.
The ruins, which are off the coast of Mahabalipuram, cover many square kilometres.
A further expedition to the region is now being arranged which will take place at the beginning of 2003.
The discovery was made on 1 April by a joint team of divers from the Indian National Institute of Oceanography and the Scientific Exploration Society based in Dorset, UK.
Expedition leader Monty Halls said: "Our divers were presented with a series of structures that clearly showed man-made attributes.
"The scale of the site appears to be extremely extensive, with 50 dives conducted over a three-day period covering only a small area of the overall ruin field.
"This is plainly a discovery of international significance that demands further exploration and detailed investigation."
During the expedition to the site, divers came across structures believed to be man-made. One of the buildings appears to be a place of worship.
The myths of Mahabalipuram were first set down in writing by British traveller J Goldingham, who visited the South Indian coastal town in 1798, at which time it was known to sailors as the Seven Pagodas.
The myths speak of six temples submerged beneath the waves with the seventh temple still standing on the seashore.
The myths also state that a large city which once stood on the site was so beautiful the gods became jealous and sent a flood that swallowed it up entirely in a single day.
One of the expedition team, Graham Hancock, said: "I have argued for many years that the world's flood myths deserve to be taken seriously, a view that most Western academics reject.
"But here in Mahabalipuram, we have proved the myths right and the academics wrong."
Scientists now want to explore the possibility that the city was submerged following the last Ice Age. If this proves correct, it would date the settlement at more than 5,000 years old.
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