Archaeological Evidence for Modern Coastal Uplift at Diu, Saurashtra Peninsula, India

Miklós Kázmér, Nilesh Bhatt, Vishal Ukey, Siddharth Prizomwala, Danko Taboroši, B. Székely

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There is a tank hewn into coastal Pleistocene limestone near Diu city on the Saurashtra Peninsula of western India. Site survey and a review of similar structures worldwide provide evidence that this tank could have been used for holding fish or Murex snails. The approximately 5 × 5 m tank is connected to the sea by a 1-m-deep canal; today it would be impossible to use the tank, given that not even the high spring tides can fill it. It is suggested that the Diu coast was uplifted by ∼0.5 m after the tank was hewn in the coastal platform. Since that time, the carved surfaces have been modified by coastal karst dissolution and have developed deep gouge marks. Uplift of the Diu coast raises the possibility of a major seismic event in Diu during the latter part of the last millennium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-387
Number of pages12
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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