“Legendary City” Was Rediscovered in Egypt after Being Submerged
We’ve talked a lot about strange and mysterious objects that may be found in Egypt. It is a location that is home to one of the most mysterious structures on Earth, as well as erosion from an earlier period, proof of a much older age, and, of course, many more unexplainable creations.
The environment of this once-vibrant society, however, still has many intriguing characteristics that have yet to be discovered. One such location is the once-forgotten, underwater city of Heracleion, which is slowly being uncovered.
It was also known as Thonis, and for a long time it was believed to be mythical. Herodotus described there as a city of incredible wealth that was also mysteriously submerged under the sea. Helen of Troy and her lover Paris visited it.
After more than ten years of research and inquiry, it has just come to light that Heracleion was genuine. Not only did it exist, but many individuals now think they know where it is.
By locating many of the city’s wealth, archaeologists have been able to piece together a picture of what life was like there during its heyday.
It was long believed to be mythical, but when it was found, the same scholars immediately suggested a time for its apparent submersion. It is undeniable that the city sank beneath the Mediterranean Seas some 1,200 years ago.
They have found hundreds of smaller statues of minor gods on the bottom as well as the remains of over 64 ships, a number of gold coins, and enormous 16-foot sculptures that have been dug and brought to the surface.
Stone slabs with ancient Egyptian writing have also been found.
Divers have found a large number of tiny limestone sarcophagi that were formerly believed to contain mummified animals that were deposited there to appease the gods.
The director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Oxford, Dr. Damian Robinson, who is a member of the excavation team, said, “It is a big metropolis we are excavating.”
The location has been conserved nicely. We’re beginning to examine some of its more intriguing features in an effort to ascertain how life is like there.
“We’re developing a good picture of subjects like trade and the evolution of Egypt’s naval economy in the late period.” Things were being brought in from Greece and the Phoenicians. The quotation is finished.
We’ll keep you informed of any perplexing finds, another arrow in the venerable civilization’s bow.