The lost city in Egypt was found underwater, gulped down by the Mediterranean Sea for over 1,200 years. It is an ancient city known as Thonis-Heracleion covered in myth, lies approximately 6.5 kms off to the coastline of Aboukir Bay’s western part, 30 ft undersea.
The secrecies of Thonis-Heracleion have brought interest to some archaeologists. They have been unearthing the amazingly well potted artifacts underwater that enlighten the tale of an effervescent prehistoric haven.
In 2000 after a 4-year geophysical study, Dr. Franck Goddio who is French underwater archaeologist, with his European Institute for Underwater Acheology (IEASM) team rediscovered the said lost ancient city, which was known as ‘Thonis’ by the ancient Eygptians, while the ancient Greeks called it ‘Heracleion’.
These archaeologists found a number of amazing things in the lost city below the bay. Among the remains are as follows:
- The 16-foot giant statue that they brought to the surface
- 64 primordial shipwrecks along with over 700 anchors from the sand and mud of the bay
- Slabs of stone emblazoned in both texts from ancient Egyptian and ancient Greek
- Gold coins as well as bronze weights
- Several limestone sarcophagi that archaeologists believed they enclosed mummified animals before in order to pacify the gods