Lost Ancient City Uncovered in the Mediterranean

For more than 1,200 years, the mythical city of Heracleion has been hidden beneath the warm waters of the Mediterranean, buried under tons of mud and sand.  However, a team of archaeological researchers has rediscovered and begun to unearth this incredibly well-preserved ancient port.

Heracleion ancient city

French underwater archaeologists uncover the ancient city

Known to the ancient Greeks as Heracleion and Thonis to the ancient Egyptians, the port city was amazingly rediscovered in the year 2000 after a 4-year geological survey by Dr. Franck Goddio, a French underwater archaeologist and his team from the European Institute for Underwater Acheology (IEASM). Amazingly, the ruins of the city were found in only 30 of feet of water in an area of the Mediterranean Sea in Aboukir Bay, near the ancient city of Alexandria.

As of this writing, more than 60 well-reserved shipwrecks with more than 700 anchors have been found beneath the sand and mud in the seabed.  Weights from Athens, giant tablets inscribed with Greek and Egyptian writing/hieroglyphs and even gold coins have been found at the excavation site.  Current theories point to this findings being evidence of the city’s prominence as a major trade hub in the region.

Of perhaps more interest to the esoterically inclined are the major discoveries of various religious artifacts in the submerged city.  These include 16-foot stone sculptures, which are thought to have lined the city’s temple and various limestone sarcophagi that may have contained mummified animals.

Heracleion ancient city discovered by archaeologists

Heracleion ancient city discovered by archaeologists

A new documentary highlights the major discoveries that have been unearthed at Thonis-Heracleion during a 13-year excavation. Exciting archeological finds help describe an ancient city that was not only a vital international trade hub but possibly an important religious center. The television crew used archeological survey data to construct a computer model of the city:

Lost Ancient City Uncovered in the Mediterranean

Computer model of the ancient city of Heracleion

But despite all the excitement over the excavation, one mystery about Thonis-Heracleion remains largely unsolved: Why exactly did it sink?

Goddio’s team suggests the weight of large buildings on the region’s water-logged clay and sand soil may have caused the city to sink in the wake of an earthquake.


6 Responses to Lost Ancient City Uncovered in the Mediterranean

  1. Anonymous says:

    How about it DIDN’T sink – the global flood of Noah covered it… amazing how much evidence there is for Creation and a worldwide Flood.

  2. jatwood4 says:

    May I reblog?

  3. jatwood4 says:

    This is why my imagined perfect home would be on the Mediterranean! Thanks for pointing me in this direction!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Good read! Thanks for sharing.

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