Archaeologists Find Pharaohs' Lost City

Published June 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Underwater archaeologists working off the Egyptian coast have discovered an entire submerged city dating from ancient times, said Saturday.  

At a news conference in Alexandria, French marine archaeologist, Franck Goddio, revealed the first evidence of what is believed to be the ancient city of Herakleion.  

He was quoted as saying that “his divers have located a lost world of temples, houses and colossal statues.”  

Numerous artifacts were also recovered from its sister city of Menouthis. It is still not known what destroyed the cities more than 1,000 years ago, BBC added.  

The remains of Herakleion were found less than 10 meters beneath the surface of the Mediterranean.  

Dating from before the fifth century BC, it is believed to span the Pharaonic, Ptolemaic and Byzantine eras.  

Herakleion was once at the mouth of the Nile and is now in Alexandria's Aboukir Bay.  

Historians always knew of its existence, along with its sister city, Menouthis, that was rediscovered last century, but no one had ever seen the evidence.  

According to BBC, Goddio's team has been exploring the shallow waters around Alexandria for several years.  

In 1998, they recovered a granite sphinx believed to be modelled on Cleopatra's father. A statue of the goddess Isis was also found.  

Last year, they excavated the remains of Napoleon's fleet, which was sunk by the British under Admiral Nelson in 1798, said BBC – 


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