Chinese television on the morning of June 3 broadcast live the investigation by a team of archeologists of a group of ancient buildings in an area of 2.4 sq km at the bottom of Fuxian Lake in southwest China's Yunnan Province. (Photo:http://sei.ynu.edu.cn/~joez/trip/200501-newyear/)
According to carbon dating, the site dates back 1,750 years, to he Eastern Han Dynasty.
This was China's first such underwater archeological probe.
The 212-sq-km lake is the deepest plateau freshwater lake in China, with a maximum depth of 157 meters.
Sonar surveying has verified that the buildings stretch 1,200 meters from east to west and 2,000 meters from north to south.
This morning an underwater robot transmitted TV images of divers searching the site and bringing out samples of pottery and a piece of stone carved with flower designs.
Li Kunsheng, director of the Yunnan Provincial Museum, said that the buildings slid into the lake during an earthquake.
Zhang Zengqi, an archeologist with the Yunnan Museum, said that official records of the Han Dynasty say that a city named Yunyuan was located by the side of the lake. It disappeared from the official records after the Han Dynasty.
Further investigations of the underwater buildings are scheduled for later this year.
Chinese researchers have found ancient buildings similar to Mayan pyramids under Fuxian Lake in southern China’s Yunnan province.
Gengwei, a professional diver, told reporters on December 19th, 2005, that images from sonar scans showed that a large relic covering at least 2.4 square kilometers sits underwater in Fuxian Lake.
He said eight main buildings were found all under the water, including a round building and two large high buildings with floors that liken to the Mayan pyramids of Latin America.
The round one is similar to a colosseum in form, with a 37 meter wide base and a gap to the northeast.
One of the large, high buildings has three floors, a 60 meter wide base and lots of small steps linking the floors. Another is even larger, with a 63 meter wide base standing five floors and a total 21 meters high.
A 300 meter long and 5 to 7 meter wide rock road connects the two buildings.
The complex, located in present-day southern Yunnan province, is believed to be from an ancient civilization dating back to the Qin and Han dynasties, approximately 2,000 years ago.