Sunken Ancient Egyptian City Discovered After 1,200 Years/ VIDEO

by bluesbaby5050 on November 18th, 2014

Sunken Ancient Egyptian City DiscoveredAfter 1,200 Years/ VIDEO [click on image to enlarge]
Heracleion: Palyground of Helen of Troy
and Her Lover, Paris

Alexandra Bruce
November 14, 2014.

Heracleion is a city much like Atlantis, submerged and swallowed-up by the sea - in this case, Abu Qir Bay in the southeastern Mediterranean, off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt.

Once a prosperous, thriving city grand enough to be mentioned by the 5th-century BC historian Greek writer Herodotus, it was engulfed by the sea around 1,500 years ago at its location on the Nile Delta.

Archaeologists are now discovering amazing statues of Egyptian Gods and beautiful gold artifacts. The mysteries of this sunken city are starting to become unraveled. The city was known by two names: Heracleion by the Greeks and Thonis by the Egyptians. It was discovered 150 feet below the surface of the sea, over a decade ago by a mapping survey.

The city of Heracleion is mentioned by Herodotus in the classical story of Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world, with "the face that launched a thousand ships,” during the Trojan War, was described as traveling to Heracleion, then a port of "great wealth", with her glamorous Trojan lover, Paris.

"This was a very interesting mission," said Frank Goddio, a Frenchman archaeologist who headed the team. "We discovered so many things. This site is amazingly rich."

Using magnetic wave technology, the divers found the basin of what used to be the city's harbor and electronically surveyed and charted it, finding amazingly well-preserved palaces, temples and statues. Next to the harbor, they found 10 antique shipwrecks.

Next to the harbor, they found 10 antique shipwrecks. Artifacts, including two large colossi of a queen and a pharoah, lay amazingly intact at the bottom of the sea, the archaeologists said. They said they found these massive statues on the site of what had been the Great Temple of Heracleion.

The scientists may have also helped solve the mystery of how one of the most thriving cities of ancient Egypt seemed to simply disappear.

The shipwrecks found caused them lean toward the idea that Heracleion and two nearby cities were struck by a powerful, sudden earthquake and engulfed huge tidal wave, some 1,200 years ago.
- See more at: MORE HRRE: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 archeologists are unearthing the mysteries of Heracleion, uncovering amazingly well-preserved artifacts that tell the story of a vibrant classical-era port.

Known as Heracleion to the ancient Greeks and Thonis to the ancient Eygptians, the city was rediscovered in 2000 by French underwater archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddio and a team from the European Institute for Underwater Acheology (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 center. - PHOTOS WITH PLENTY OF VIDEOS HERE - MORE HERE -

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