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.

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

  1. michael doyle | May 3, 2016 at 4:12 am | Reply

    Proof that Aborigines are not “animals” and are as advanced as white man so, are we going to give their land back to them like we did Israel for the Jewish people? or don’t they control enough bank’s?

  2. Wonder if the cemfu pulled a boral on the build?

  3. Robert Witham | April 22, 2015 at 11:12 am | Reply

    Who was here first? I think our aborigine people came from around India as slaves for the miners I dowse and know of a ancient grave yard of about 400+ all in rows facing the north.Our lot are buried facing east(Sun God Pagan) These people I think were a white race. Our natives DNA goes back to Pakistan and India with a mixing of Asian and New Guinean pygmy. Even the boomerang came from Egypt. Top marks to there toughness to live with a sharp stick and not much else. As for guessing how long ago? My guess would be at least 10000 years when the mining took place on our east coast

  4. Global Warming destroyed this civilization!

  5. All this is very interesting .Anyone interested, do 2 searches 1 -Who were The Mungo People . 2- Who were The Kow Swamp People .

  6. this article is fraud

  7. Heather McMillan | September 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm | Reply

    Have we considered that these artefacts come from the lost civilisation of the Uru people who inhabited Australia, perhaps before the coming of the aboriginals. My sense tells me the aboriginals are from Australia, not from anywhere else! It’s difficult to imagine that all humanity came from Africa when these grand original inhabitors of Australia existed when humanity was only just leaving Africa. Please remember that Java man (extremely close to Australia northern coast) was existant while homoeructus (Java man) was not seen in Europe. The answers are more interesting than the question. Did humanity perhpaps come from Australia? Perhaps the out of Africa theory (and that’s all it is..) Extremely interesting, throw the textbooks away people, the simple answers are that our ancient continent we fondly call Australia is the birthplace of all humans. Have a look at the latest human species found in Asia….where did they come from? The ocean? We are from aquatic backgrounds remember, only aquatic animals have salty tears, or read the “The Descent of Woman” and open your minds to wonderful suppositions…cheers!

  8. Amigos si se fijan con atencion y mucho cuidado se daran cuenta que los restos de civilizaciones y grandes ciudades (megaciudades) estan situadas en partes donde existian grandes yacimientos de oro! egipto, Peru, Mexixo, Ankor watt en Cambodia etc, ahora Australia.
    Si alguno de ustedes ha visitado Asia, Thailandia, Cambodia, India se daran cuenta en murales y ciudades tallados y pinturas con descripciones de sucesos, batallas, milagros y relatos donde participan criaturas no humanas, es mas en su cultura oral no se le es raro hablar de naves espaciales y de dioces que venian del espacio y que en la tierra formaban sus propias ciudades y ejercitos para conbatir entre si..
    – Lo mas extraño en estas civilizaciones o restos que nos dejaron, como en Peru y Mexico era que hay una total ausencia de la rueda, nada de carruajes o animales de carga! se ven cortes y construcciones identicas a las egipcias!!! seria que no necesitaban la rueda y menos animales para transportarlos o seria que sabian cambiar la gravedad a su antojo para transportar los grandes bloques de granito??? Cuando los Españoles yegaron al nuevo mundo tubieron que traer los negros para que aguantaran las largas jornadas de construccion y trabajo, los indios morian con solo un dia de trabajo pesado! entonces como hacian para construir Piramides y grandes templos???
    Hoy en dia usamos el ORO no solo como adornos o moneda sino para nuestra tecnologia, celulares, chips etc acordemonos que el oro es el metal de mejor conduccion de electricidad he informacion!!!
    Para que la gent del pasado necesitaba tanto oro????
    bueno y acuerdense tambien que los que descubrieron a Australia no fueron los ingleses sino los Españoles!
    chaoo

  9. susan gillespie | September 15, 2014 at 8:46 am | Reply

    Very interested in new discoveries, this wonderful world never ceases to surprise me. I wonder what’s underneath the ice caps?

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