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For centuries it was thought to be a legend, a city of extraordinary wealth mentioned by Herodotus, visited by Helen of Troy and Paris, her lover, but apparently buried under the sea.
The city, also called Thonis, disappeared beneath the Mediterranean around 1,200 years ago and was found during a survey of the Egyptian shore at the beginning of the last decade.
Now its life at the heart of trade routes in classical times are becoming clear, with researchers forming the view that the city was the main customs hub through which all trade from Greece and elsewhere in the Mediterranean entered Egypt.
....WOW, just WOW !!!
They have discovered the remains of more than 64 ships buried in the thick clay and sand that now covers the sea bed. Gold coins and weights made from bronze and stone have also been found, hinting at the trade that went on.
Giant 16 foot statues have been uncovered and brought to the surface while archaeologists have found hundreds of smaller statues of minor gods on the sea floor.
“The site has amazing preservation
Submerged under 150 feet of water, the site sits in what is now the Bay of Aboukir. In the 8th Century BC, when the city is thought to have been built, it would have sat at the mouth of the River Nile delta as it opened up into the Mediterranean.
Scientists still have little idea what caused the city to slip into the water nearly 1,000 years later, but it is thought that gradual sea level rise combined with a sudden collapse of the unstable sediment the city was built on caused the area to drop by around 12 feet.
Can someone on here translate what it says?
reply to post by geo1066
Check out Westo's links above. The Smithsonian has a piece written on it.
Thanks 'Klassified'. With the negative attitude I had earlier on this find, you got that cleared up for me.
This is amazing thank you for your find and your post i hope this thread stays updated as more light is shed on the history of these Ruins.
Change history forever. That's an interesting concept.
It seems like it should be impossible to change history, but it's a known that history is probably inaccurate enough that we might be well served to disregard it.
There's a theory that sometime between 11 and 1500 years ago, someone effed up history so badly for their own selfish purposes that we may actually be living in the early 1800's right now. It might not actually be 2013.
Here the team retrieves the statue of the god Hapi