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Newsletter 49 Sunken Ancient City of Heracleion


This documentary highlights the discoveries that have been unearthed during the excavation

The City of Heracleion (known to the Eygptians as Thonis) disappeared beneath the Mediterranean around 1,200 years ago. Before the foundation of Alexandria It was the main customs hub through which all trade from Greece and elsewhere in the Mediterranean entered Egypt. Its ruins were rediscovered in 2000 30 feet under the surface of the Mediterranean Sea in Aboukir Bay, near Alexandria.

The city was most likely founded around the 8th century BC and is mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus (5th century BC) He writes of Helen’s visit to Heracleion with her lover Paris before the Trojan War.

This documentary highlights the discoveries that have been unearthed during the excavation including religious artefacts, Giant statues, stone sarcophagi as well as 64 ancient shipwrecks, gold coins and giant tablets inscribed in ancient Greek and ancient Egyptian.

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