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Ancient ruins found under Baltic Sea
Ancient ruins found under Baltic Sea

An 11,000-year-old settlement has been found under the Baltic Sea.

London's Daily Mail reports that Swedish divers unearthed the "Stone Age Atlantis" about 16 metres below the surface at Hano, off the coast of Sweden's Skane County.

Archaeologists believe the relics, which include a harpoon, ropes, tools, horns and the bones of ancient cattle, were left by Swedish nomads 11,000 years ago and the discovery may be evidence of one of the oldest settlements ever found in the Nordic region.

The Daily Mail reports that the pristine preservation of the relics suggests they were part of a settlement "swallowed whole by the sea" in the same way as Atlantis.

The artefacts were discovered by Soderton University Professor Bjorn Nilsson and a team from Lunds University during an archaeological dive.

The ruins, off the east coast of Sweden, have been dubbed their version of 'Atlantis'. Photo: Google Images

According to the Mail, a harpoon carving made from animal bone and the bones of an ancient animal called aurochs were among the findings.

Aurochs are ancestors of modern-day cattle and lived in Europe before extinction in the early 1600s. The last reported auroch died in Poland in 1627.

Many of the artefacts have been preserved because the diving location is rich in a sediment called gyttja.

Professor Nilsson said all the trees and bone pieces had been preserved in a type of lagoon.

"If the settlement was on dry land we would only have the stone-based things, nothing organic," he said.

Archaeologists are continuing the dig and are now searching for a burial site.

Professor Nilsson dismisses the likeness to Atlantis because the Swedes at the time were nomadic.

People have been searching for the lost city of Atlantis for centuries. Photo: Getty Images
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