Ruins of Ancient City Discovered in Australian Desert

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Alice Springs| A team of archaeologists working for the Australian National University, who were proceeding to an excavation near the sandstone rock formation of Uluru, has unearthed the ruins of a large precolonial city dating back to more than 1500 years ago. The important number of tombs and artefacts already discovered on the site suggests that it could have been the capital of an ancient empire, completely unknown to historians until now.

The site which was first noticed on satellite pictures taken in October 2013, using a newly developed ground-penetrating radar. The images revealed many 90° angles and various common geographic figures over a 16 km2 area, leading the team of scientists to direct some archaeological excavations on the spot, starting in May 2014. Over the last few months, many structures have been unearthed including what looks like a royal palace, a few temples, large rainwater reservoirs, workshops and dozens of houses.

287 individual tombs have already been discovered, but the archaeologist have not yet found the tomb of any royal figure.

287 individual tombs have already been discovered in a small necropolis located just outside the ancient city. The bodies are mostly of proto-aboriginal origins, but also surprisingly include a few Polynesian and Asian individuals.

Professor Walter Reese, in charge of the site, claims that the extent of the site and the superposition of various layers of constructions, suggests that it was occupied for 400 to 500 years, from approximately 470-80 AD, up until the 9th Century. He believes that the city could have held between 20000 and 30000 inhabitants, making it the most important center of civilization in the Southern Pacific at the time.

“This was certainly the capital of a vast empire, that practised some sort of international trade” says Mr Reese. “The fact that we have discovered some bodies of various origins suggests that this state could have been a very influential throughout the Pacific islands and Southeast Asia. We have found many objects on the site that were obviously imported from other regions, like rice, flax or lacquer.”

The various artefacts gathered from the site suggest that the city flourished thanks to some form of control over various gold mining operations in Southern Australia. The precious metal was purified and transformed by the hundreds of goldsmiths of the city before being traded for various other goods through  an extensive network reaching as far as New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and even China and India.

Thousands of artefacts have been recovered, including some 756 items made of gold. This bowl weighting 2.8 kilograms was found inside one of the temples.

Thousands of artefacts have been recovered, including some 756 items made of gold. This bowl weighting 2.8 kilograms was found inside one of the temples.

Professor Reese believes that the city could have been abandoned after some climatic changes in the 9th Century brought a dramatic decrease in the level of rainfall, making the city unsustainable.

39 Comments on "Ruins of Ancient City Discovered in Australian Desert"

  1. Read “The Shadow out of Time” by H.P.Lovecraft, and then run like hell!

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  3. That’s just incredible! I thought the climate in central Australia had been arid for over 30,000 years. 30000 people living in the desert? That would require agriculture and irrigation. There are no flowing rivers to irrigate from, and there weren’t 500 years ago, but maybe 1500 years ago, who knows?

    Also it is about 2000km from Uluru to the northern coast. For it to be a major international trading centre, it would actually need a port. In a land where there is no evidence of domestication of animals to pull carts, or even the very existence of wheeled carts … well that’s a bloody long way to carry your wares. That must have taken some major organization.

    • walter reese is in fact a german scientist working in australia on that dig…. not spoiled yet im afraid 🙂

    • 470ad was a little more than 500 years ago…. And if you go to Uluru you can find shells on the ground….. that means it was once under water….

    • Kimbal Summers | September 8, 2014 at 9:50 am |

      I dont agree with your argument – as Australia once was had an inland sea ( though very shallow ) and was a great ring island according to Aboriginal legend. That water became the artisan basin when Australia rose up in times past from earth changes. The Aboriginals use to go across the sea in their canoes to Ayres Rock and use it as a look out in the centre of the waters. Additional to this we know the Chinese built pyramids which have been found in WA and introduced the Dingo ( not native to Australia but China ). As well, Egyptian artifacts and boats with hieroglyphs have been unearthed in the Hunter valley in NSW. Australia in pre-deluvian times was known as MU and had many civilizations dwelling there. Also Read about “The Children of Mu” by Churchward.

    • unless the sea level was higher …

    • Wander around the Nullarbor and you will be surprised at the amount of seashells you can find.

    • susan gillespie | September 15, 2014 at 8:36 am |

      Interesting that gold was valued then as now. Not surprising that Ozz traded with the world -why do we think that nothing happened in it before Captain Cook?

      The climate must have been more comfortable for the city to thrive and survive. The Sahara was once green. Things change.

      Any evidence of pack animals? maybe there were rivers in those days.

    • Life starts with water and when exhausted becomes desert.

    • DeerValleyRose | September 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm |

      Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, appears to be a major trading site without a port.

    • There used to be a sea inland of Australia, as sea shells can still be found there, so this city was probably a coastal city, maybe of the Lemuria civilization?

    • What have the “discoverers” been drinking?

  4. goes to prove what we have been saying for many years the Aboriginals were not the first inhabitant to the land and this was proven recently in southern WA where very old skeletons and bones were found that predate the aborigionals

    • phyllis simpson | September 8, 2014 at 7:21 am |

      ANY CHANCE TO KNOCK THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE INFINITY DICKHEAD

    • Kimbal Summers | September 8, 2014 at 9:57 am |

      Ian basically your right – as the Aborigines speak of peoples being here before them. Australia use to be known as MU before the Flood of Noah.

    • Ian, get a fking clue you idiot this dig dates the people lived here from 480 – 900 AD. The Aboriginals have been on this land for 50000 – 75000 years DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS? THEY CAME HERE FIRST,

    • Maybe it proves that other cultures came to this country & chose to live in harmony rather than coming in to massacre the Indigenous people of this land…perhaps they died out because the environment was too harsh for them…& the Indigenous people survived because they actually belong to this land like we already know.

    • Australia is such an enormous place that these civilisations could have existed with little or no contact between the different cultures there

    • Aboriginal tribes up the top end of the Northern Territory had peaceful trading relationships with islanders from other countries for centuries or more before Captain Cook and his mob imposed. Read ‘Why Warriors Lay Down and Die’ if you want to learn more; it should be mandatory in Australian schools so that everyone can understand better what the Aboriginal people have gone through and why they are still so badly affected today.

    • It took the ancestors of Aboriginal people about 15,000 years to slowly migrate from Ethiopia to Australia. There were several waves of migration. The term “aborigine” doesn’t just extend to Australians. It refers to indigenous people all over the world, namely the very first people to populate it. Since then, they’ve been invaded by successive migrations. Australian Aborigines were among the last suffer such a wave.

    • There were language groups in this region for thousands of years before the dig area was supposedly populated. If it is an actual site, then I’m surprised something of this size wasn’t recollected through local and networked oral lines. There is a very reasonable possibility infrastructure like this can exist within that climate, where those people came from is another question. In addition it’s reasonable to suggest hominoid relatives lived in the area long before human existence.

      In relation to the term Aborigine, they were an actual group of people. The association to inhabitant of the land came later, check your etymology. Further to that check your local first nations language, maybe there’s something to learn.

    • I have found shells in many place’es around Australia out in the Desert and on mountain tops up the Hunter and New England , I have fossils with shells and sea mollusc in the same rock found on a mountain top…I’m Aboriginal Yamaji Wooleen Wajarri.. Yamaji means Man and people of the river Wooleen is my Mob my people and my language we have five language groups in my Nation Wajarri…

    • Plus all the Bradshaw Rock Artin Western Australia…

    • Australia and Lamar (MU) were separate continents, MU was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

    • Google Rex Gillroy for more info on Ancient Australian peoples

  5. Iam you’re an Fn idiot

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