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1200-Yr-Old Egyptian City Found Under The Sea[Pic]

Originally called Heracleion by the Greeks but named Thonis by the ancient Egyptians, the existence of the mythical city was confirmed to be true when Dr. Frank Goddio (an underwater archaeologist) made one of the most important discoveries of the 21st century.

Along with his team from the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology, he unearthed the lost city, revealing a treasure trove of artifacts and ruins some 30ft under the Mediterranean Sea in Aboukir Bay, Alexandria. For the past 13 years they have been painstakingly excavating the area, lifting up pieces of history, long since forgotten, from the bottom of the ocean.

As more fragments and elements are brought to the surface, his team has been able to create a virtual model of what the city might have looked like all those years ago. The popular view is that Thonis/Heracleion was in fact a port, due to its location acting as an entry point for merchants and trade. The items that have been discovered during the excavation also support the theory, gold coins, stone ledgers and even weights all suggests a city bustling with energy, commerce and transactions. Over the 13 year period, notable artifacts that have been brought to the surface include 16-ft sculptures that may have been positioned in the citys main temple, whilst a staggering 64 shipwrecks have been discovered.

But while one great mystery has been solved, another still looms. To this day, few can tell with absolutely certainty why the city itself was plunged into the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. What caused it to sink? Did it collapse? Was a natural disaster to blame? Goddios team have spent countless hours piecing together evidence, trying to find an answer

Their theory? The heavy stone used in the construction of the citys buildings would easily have sunk into the soggy clay earth used to hold the foundations in place thats all well and good, but should an earthquake have hit, those very same structures would have slide and tumbled unrelentingly into the watery depths below.

1,200 years on, the city has risen again.


Heracleion aka Thonis was devoured by the foreboding Mediterranean Sea and entombed under a tons of mud, rock and sand.

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Date: 08/24/13 07:17 PM

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  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    August 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm
    Link: 1200-Yr-Old Egyptian City Found Under The Sea - Heracleion aka Thonis was devoured by the foreboding Mediterranean Sea and entombed under a tons of mud, rock and sand.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    August 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm
    Everything looks really well preserved.
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    Thane017 Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm
    All I`m saying is that if they find out that stuffs far older than they say I`ll be waiting on the call of Cthulu
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    August 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm
    Wow. Stunning photos and footage. Kind of like a watery version of Shelley`s "Ozymondias":

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!`
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.
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    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm
    Some of these pics would make great desktop backgrounds.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    August 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm
    That`s all well and good until they unleash the aliens trapped under the city. Then all hell is going to break loose.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    August 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    Wasn`t this discovered back in 2000? I`m pretty sure I saw a documentary on this many years ago.
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    Smutleybutt Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm
    patchouly It was discovered in 2000 but have been working the last thirteen years on it they just made the BBC documentary this year. Watch the 2nd video it says about the same thing.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm
    Wait just a second, was one of those videos labeled "Ancient Advanced Black Civilizations"? Really?

    Egyptians are not black, never have been.

    I`ve noticed this fallacy crop up before, they believe that Nubians/Aswani were black, ruled Egypt, and were more scientifically advanced than the Greeks, Arabs or Persians.

    Sorry, but if you believe that you`re a brainwashed black racist. It`s pure afrocentric baloney and some believers in it even think they came from extraterrestrials.

    I can understand one wanting to be proud of their race, but adding pseudo-mythology and UFOs into it just makes it a bad joke.
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    RdDan Male 30-39
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    August 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm
    @CrakrJak,
    Define Black.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 25, 2013 at 12:06 am
    RdDan: Black = Sub-Saharan African. This is a generally accepted UN designation.
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    RdDan Male 30-39
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    August 25, 2013 at 1:14 am
    @CrakrJak,
    If that`s the case then Richard E Grant is Black. He`s from Swaziland
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    August 25, 2013 at 2:32 am
    @RdDan, define pedantic, small-minded, petty little sh*t-stirrers with nothing better to do: oh look, you!
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 25, 2013 at 3:16 am
    RdDan: I`m talking about original ancestry here, pre-colonial heritage. It`s pretty obvious Richard E Grant is not black.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 25, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Crakr - Humans developed on Africa. So if you go back far enough my ancestry is African.

    Where`s my Obamaphone?!
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    August 25, 2013 at 6:39 am
    Smutleybutt:
    "patchouly It was discovered in 2000 but have been working the last thirteen years on it they just made the BBC documentary this year. Watch the 2nd video it says about the same thing."
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    Ah! Okay. I must have seen a documentary or some sort of television special about them discovering it and talking about what they might find. Very cool that they are unearthing so many amazing things!
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    August 25, 2013 at 6:50 am

    These photos are fantastic. Lost cities is always a fascinating subject.
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    RdDan Male 30-39
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    August 25, 2013 at 7:55 am
    @drawman61,
    Go boil your head
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    Wendypants Female 30-39
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    August 25, 2013 at 9:04 am
    Agreed, Gerry!!
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    madest Male 40-49
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    August 25, 2013 at 9:58 am
    1300 years from now someone will discover Miami the same way.
  22. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 25, 2013 at 10:01 am
    "Humans developed on Africa."

    Actually "Humans" developed in Persia, modern day Iraq/Iran where 4 rivers met. 2 of those rivers still exist, the Tigris-Euphrates river system.

    Australopithecus, was not human, it was an ape.
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    TuffGhost88 Male 18-29
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    August 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm
    @Crakr-- You have no idea what you`re talking about in that last comment. There is little debate that the first modern homo sapiens originated in Africa. You`re thinking of human civilization.
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    abby0315 Female 30-39
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    August 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    Amazing pictures!!!! I`m an archaeology nut and love learning and seeing about history this way.
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    August 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    wow
  26. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 26, 2013 at 5:30 am
    "There is little debate that the first modern homo sapiens originated in Africa."

    Australopithecus was no Homo Sapiens, it was far from it. Just because it was found in Africa doesn`t mean Humans started there. Humans were roaming around far and wide.

    It`s hard to pinpoint an "origin" but the Tigris-Euphrates river valley has all the best environmental attributes.
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    TuffGhost88 Male 18-29
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    August 26, 2013 at 10:51 am
    CRAKR! Do you even internet? Take your head out of your ass. The oldest physically modern human remains are from Africa. If you can find ANY valid evidence contradicting this, I (and the entire field of anthropology) would be very interested to read it. The confluence of the Tigris and the Euphrates was an ideal spot for human CIVILIZATION to originate. Big effing difference.
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    TuffGhost88 Male 18-29
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    August 26, 2013 at 10:55 am
    I`m not (nor have I ever been) talking about australopithecus, although they, too, originated in Africa.
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    kree_ Male 30-39
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    August 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm
    2-3 years ago they found some old teeth in israel. 400,000 year old teeth

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