We have covered many strange and unexplained things, which can be found within Egypt. Home to undoubtedly one of the most perplexing structures on the face of the planet, it is a place which also displays erosion from an as yet, untold history, evidence of a far greater antiquity, and obviously its many unexplainable creations.
Yet there are still many amazing areas of this once flourishing civilization home, which are yet to be told. One such site which is currently being unraveled is the once lost, submerged city of Heracleion. Also known as Thonis, it was a place long thought to have been mythical, a city of extraordinary wealth, mentioned by Herodotus, visited by Helen of Troy and Paris her lover, but according to legend mysteriously buried under the sea. Recent discoveries have in fact confirmed that Heracleion was true, not only that it existed, but diverse believe that after more than a decade of research and exploration, within the area, actually know where it is. Successfully uncovering many of its treasures, archaeologists have been able to produce a picture of what life was like in this city in the era of its existence. Although it was long attested as mythical, upon its amazing discovery, the same academia, immediately put forward a dating for its apparent submersion. Stating beyond doubt, that the city disappeared beneath the Mediterranean waves around 1,200 years ago.
So far, they have discovered the remains of more than 64 ships, lots of Gold coins, Giant 16 foot statues uncovered and brought to the surface, with hundreds of smaller statues of minor gods being found on the sea floor. Slabs of stone inscribed in Ancient Egyptian have also been brought to the surface. Dozens of small limestone sarcophagi were also recently uncovered by divers, and are believed to have once contained mummified animals, put there to appease the gods. Dr. Damian Robinson, director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Oxford, who is part of the team working on the site, said, quote, “It is a major city we are excavating. “The site has amazing preservation. We are now starting to look at some of the more interesting areas within it to try to understand life there. “We are getting a rich picture of things like the trade that was going on there and the nature of the maritime economy in the Egyptian late period. There were things were coming in from Greece and the Phoenicians.” End quote. Another string to a once amazing civilizations bow, we will keep you posted regarding any perplexing finds. Thanks for reading guys, and until next time, take care.