i feel it is my duty to recap a bit here.
shore temples of Mamallapuram were built during 7th century AD. the city was submerged slowly, the process was witnessed by the whole Tamil community living there. it is not a big deal that people living there already knew about it, nor it is a big deal if the "discovery" was about the city mamallapuram, except ofcourse, the discovered temples are of heritage importance. there are so many such cities in east coast of Tamil Nadu, example Poompuhar and Dhanuskodi. the discovery of the city of Mamallapuram gains more importance and it goes to proove many unknown things, if it has already become a mythological story, but it has not yet.
now, for the same reason that it has not become the myth yet, and it is a well known fact, neither the government, nor the people there (especially in India) pay any interest to discover and the danger of this tendency is we loose the important information swallowed and destroyed, well, no one in india bother about it (so far).
the reason why GH deserve a credit is, he brought the entire issue to the top right from the bottom of the ocean.
I want people to remember at this point that what is discovered need not neccessarily be dated back to a period of 12000 years ago (refer my first sentence). irrespective of the date of the structure, THE DISCOVERY IS A SIGNIFICANT ACHEIVEMENT AND WHOSOEVER INVOLVED IN THIS DISCOVER DESERVES A MENTION. it is mistake what the NIO did. read GH's announcement, he does mention the fisherman and NIO's involvement. he is a gentleman. what i can see here is, as the announcement of this discovery might have been thought of invoking some political interest in this issue (thought i can not any such thing) and as mentioned by Kat in ma'at that NIO might wanted the announcement to happen in Indian soil, the team, which includes GH, SES and NIO should have sit and discussed the issue amicably and came out with a common program and common statements. as an experienced person, i do not know how GH missed or did not foresee these things. or what i can guess is, he did have discussion which did not go through or did not end with a common statement and a common programme. so, i guess GH knew such happening or similar thing before coming here. i do not underestimate the shock he got after seeing the statement that even his name wa completely missed out.
now, my question is,
mamallapuram dates back to 700 AD. on what grounds NIO assigned the date 1200 even if the though it belonged to pallava dynasty.
I welcome comments that may point out if i have missed any important point here.