(Lena Shoal) Underwater footage of pieces yet to be salvaged in the Mediterranean Sea
|Egyptian artifacts under the sea|
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - We have all heard of the legend of Atlantis, a lost continent or series of islands in the middle of the ocean (presumably but not necessarily the Atlantic) mentioned in the past life writings of Plato and last century's psychic readings of America's sleeping prophet Edgar Cayce. Now, thanks to an underwater archaeologist, a lost city has been discovered.
Franck Goddio (hiltifoundation.org) unearthed a 1,600-year-old city originally called Thonis by the ancient Egyptians and Heracleion by the ancient Greeks. About 1,200 years ago, the city vanished. For the past 13 years, Goddio and his team from the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology searched for the forgotten city. Then they found it, 30 feet under the Mediterranean Sea, four miles off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt.
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Goddio and his team have begun bringing the remains of the ancient city to the surface, piecing together the story of Thonis-Heracleion. So far some of the artifacts found during the excavation -- such as gold coins, stone ledgers, and weights -- support the theory that it was a port city bustling with commerce and transactions.
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- Is it a hoax, too good to be true, or is there an active cover-up? Something was found, as reported by the History Channel. Confirmation is hard to find, however, so the story may now be passing into urban legend status.
Goddio's revelation is being called one of the most important discoveries of the 21st century. The mystery of just what caused the city of Thonis-Heracleion to sink still remains. A representative for Goddio has said that research about the city will probably continue for the next 200 years in order for it to be fully revealed and understood.
|Colossal historical finds under the Mediterranean Sea (franckgoddio.org)|