Archaeologists say they have discovered some stone remains from the coast close to India's famous beachfront Mahabalipuram temple in Tamil Nadu state following the 26 December tsunami.
They believe that the "structures" could be the remains of an ancient and once-flourishing port city in the area housing the famous 1200-year-old rock-hewn temple.
Three pieces of remains, which include a granite lion, were found buried in the sand after the coastline receded in the area after the tsunami struck.
"They could be part of the small seaport city which existed here before water engulfed them. They could be part of a temple or a building. We are investigating," says T Sathiamoorthy of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Archaeologists say that the stone remains date back to 7th Century AD and are nearly 6ft tall.
They have elaborate engravings of the kind that are found in the Mahabalipuram temple.
The temple, which is a World Heritage site, represents some of the earliest-known examples of Dravidian architecture dating back to 7th Century AD.
[...]The tsunami has also washed up a 9 inch-tall bronze Buddha on the coast off Kalapakkam in the state.
"It was lying with some other objects. It must have been carried out to the sea from Burma or Thailand," says T Sathiamoorthy.
If I were inclined to mystical speculation, I would say that the arrival of the Buddha statue in the wreckage is a reminder that sometimes, out of the suffering of so many, something of value and beauty can be found.