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NEWS: Heracleion photos: Lost Egyptian city revealed after 1,200 years under sea

Digital reconstruction of Heracleion (Source: Huffington Post).

Digital reconstruction of Heracleion (Source: Huffington Post).

“It is a city shrouded in myth, swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea and buried in sand and mud for more than 1,200 years. But now archaeologists are unearthing the mysteries of Heracleion, uncovering amazingly well-preserved artefacts that tell the story of a vibrant classical-era port.

Known as Heracleion to the ancient Greeks and Thonis to the ancient Egyptians, the city was rediscovered in 2000 by French underwater archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddio and a team from the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM) after a four-year geophysical survey. The ruins of the lost city were found 30 feet under the surface of the Mediterranean Sea in Aboukir Bay, near Alexandria.

A new documentary highlights the major discoveries that have been unearthed at Thonis-Heracleion during a 13-year excavation. Exciting archeological finds help describe an ancient city that was not only a vital international trade hub but possibly an important religious centre. The television crew used archaeological survey data to construct a computer model of the city” – via Huffington Post.

Read more here.

You can watch Colossal Sunken Statues Of Thonis-Heracleion here:

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