It found that the ruins under the sea were strung across a 9-km stretch on the banks of an ancient riverbed which even had signs of a masonry dam.
These investigations are among the most ambitious excavation projects currently in progress according to, among others, Colin Renfrew, Baron Renfrew of Kaimsthorn.
In addition to extensive use of archaeological science, psychological and artistic interpretations of the symbolism of the wall paintings have been employed.
Only months later while analysing the images did the team realise that it had unknowingly photographed the ruins of a vast ancient city submerged 40 m under the sea.
Last fortnight, after spending weeks dredging the site and picking up over 2,000 artefacts, the niot team made some astonishing revelations.
; also Çatal Höyük and Çatal Hüyük; from Turkish çatal "fork" höyük "mound") was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic proto-city settlement in southern Anatolia, which existed from approximately 7500 BC to 5700 BC, and flourished around 7000 BC.