Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lost Egyptian City found After 1,200 Years

Lost Egyptian City found After 1,200 Years:
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Amazing discovery of an Ancient Egyptian City Heracleion, who for centuries it was thought to be a legend, a city of extraordinary wealth mentioned by Herodotus, visited by Helen of Troy and Paris, but apparently buried under the sea. It is believed Heracleion served as the obligatory port of entry to Egypt for all ships coming from the Greek world.
The city, also called Thonis (by the Greeks), vanished from the earth about 1200 years ago, and is now found. The city is located within an overall research area of 11 by 15 kilometres in the western part of today’s Aboukir Bay, Egypt.
They found:

The remains of more than 64 ships buried in the thick clay and sand that covers the sea bed

- Gold coins and weights made from bronze and stone

- Giant 16-ft statues along with hundreds of smaller statues of minor gods

- Slabs of stone inscribed in both ancient Greek and ancient Egyptian

- Dozens of small limestone sarcophagi believed to have once contained mummified animals

- Over 700 ancient anchors for ships
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Animation of the legendary port of Thonis-Heracleion

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More info on Excavation & Photograph credits: Franck Goddio | Via The Telegraph