Archaeological murder finds in the Maldives verifies lack of sea rise

Huvadhu Atoll

Professor Emeritus Nils-Axel Mörner, heading an independent research institution on Palegeophysics and Geodynamics in Torekov, South Sweden, claims to have solved a 864-year old murder case in the Maldives. In the peer-reviewed magazine Archaeological Discovery, No 5/2017, he publishes an article entitled ”The Reef Woman of the Maldives”, in which he proves that the remains of a woman found on a Maldives beach, was a victim of a murder. She died, was killed or washed ashore at a former Maldives shore at about AD 1150. It has come to be known as “the Reef Woman” of the Maldives or of Lhosfushi. The skeleton lacks its feet, suggesting that the woman was killed on the beach and the feet cut-off. The age of the bones is ca AD 1135 ± 70. Therefore, it seems highly likely that the killing took place at the invasion and takeover of the Maldives by the Muslims in AD 1153. Read the article.
Prof. Mörner, with a background from the Palegeophysics and Geodynamics unit at Stockholm University, and 1999-2003 being president for the INQUA (The International Association of Quaternary Research) Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution, has done extensive research on the Maldives coastlines, proving that the island republic far from being flooded today has a shore higher up than some hundred years ago and with no significant sea rise in recent years. The skeleton find shows that the shore was at the same elevation in the 1100s as today. Sea then rose to about +60 cm, covering the skeleton with coral rubble. Sea fell again to its present position, cementing the shore deposits into beachrock including the skeleton. In sub-recent time, the beachrock was trimmed into a rock-cut platform at sea level of about +20 cm. In the 1970s, sea level fell to its present position, starting to erode a new rock-cut platform at about present high-tide level, by that exposing the old skeleton.