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Keyword: heracleion

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  • Egypt’s Sunken Treasures reveals lost world

    12/16/2006 3:33:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 342+ views
    Halifax Herald ^ | Saturday December 16, 2006 | Jenny Barchfield
    The great port of Alexandria was a bustling trade hub, a transit point for merchandise from throughout the ancient world, at least until much of it vanished into the Mediterranean Sea... [A]n exhibit at Paris’ Grand Palais brings together 500 ancient artifacts recovered from the area by underwater archaeologists using sophisticated nuclear technology. Egypt’s Sunken Treasures features colossuses of pink granite, a 17-tonne slab inscribed with hieroglyphics, a phalanx of crouching sphinx, pottery, amulets and gold coins and jewellery -- all painstakingly fished out of the Mediterranean. Some of the oldest artifacts are estimated to have spent 2,000 years underwater....
  • Salvaging Cleopatra's Watery Palace

    05/26/2010 1:50:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies · 473+ views
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | May 26,2010 | Biggirl
    May 25: The recently excavated statuette of a boy Pharaoh, dating from the 4th or 5th century B.C., is shown with other artifacts onboard the Princess Duda research boat, anchored in the harbor of Alexandria, Egypt. An international team of archaeological divers led by French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio is using advanced technology to explore the submerged ruins of a palace and temple complex from where Queen Cleopatra ruled.
  • Bronze Artifacts Found Off Egypt's Coast

    01/18/2004 2:37:22 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 920+ views
    Bronze Artifacts Found Off Egypt's Coast Sunday January 18, 2004 9:01 PM CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - A French archaeological team has retrieved more than 1,000 bronze artifacts, including statues and busts of Pharoanic gods and goddesses, from the site of an ancient port city off Egypt's northern coast, officials said Sunday. The artifacts were found during archaeological surveys near Alexandria last month and date to the 3rd through 5th centuries B.C. Among them are tools and containers used in religious rituals, said Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, a senior official with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. The artifacts were found at the...
  • Murder, Mayhem and Mystery on Display [Ancient Alexandria]

    05/13/2006 6:30:52 AM PDT · by aculeus · 16 replies · 646+ views
    Spiegel on line ^ | May 11, 2006 | By Matthias Schulz
    Treasure hunter Franck Goddio has spent years bringing the sunken city of Alexandria to the surface. The results of his labors, now premiering in Berlin, reveal incest, fratricide and iniquity. And breathtaking beauty. It's a good thing that the Martin Gropius Building has such high ceilings. It'll need them. The exhibit at the Berlin museum includes 15-ton statues sculpted from rose-colored granite that have spent millennia on the ocean floor. The pieces that will be on display in the exhibit entitled "Egypt's Sunken Treasure," opening to the public on May 13, but ceremoniously unveiled by German President Horst Köhler and...
  • Raising Alexandria [ from 2007 ]

    10/11/2008 2:56:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 437+ views
    Smithsonian magazine ^ | April 2007 | Andrew Lawler
    ...in the early 1990s Goddio began to work on the other side of Alexandria's harbor, opposite the fortress. He discovered columns, statues, sphinxes and ceramics associated with the Ptolemies' royal quarter -- possibly even the palace of Cleopatra herself... he has found that much of ancient Alexandria sank beneath the waves and remains remarkably intact. Using sophisticated sonar instruments and global positioning equipment, and working with scuba divers, Goddio has discerned the outline of the old port's shoreline. The new maps reveal foundations of wharves, storehouses and temples as well as the royal palaces that formed the core of the...
  • ARCHAEOLOGY: Ancient Alexandria Emerges, By Land and By Sea

    02/26/2005 2:26:57 PM PST · by Lessismore · 5 replies · 872+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2005-02-25 | Andrew Lawler
    Excavators are finding surprisingly late signs of intellectual life in the ancient capital of Hellenistic Egypt and discovering that geology played a dramatic role in the city's fall OXFORD, U.K.--For centuries the massive Pharos lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, guided sailors to the busy wharves that made Alexandria a prosperous center of Mediterranean culture and home to the greatest library of ancient times. Yet while rivals Rome and Constantinople survived the chaotic period following the collapse of the Roman Empire, Alexandria faded from the historical record. By the 8th century C.E. the famed metropolis had...
  • Earliest Reference Describes Christ as 'Magician' [ sez Ogoistais ]

    10/06/2008 11:02:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 48 replies · 1,228+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Wednesday, October 1, 2008 | Jennifer Viegas
    A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl, dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that, according to an expert epigrapher, could be engraved with the world's first known reference to Christ... The full engraving on the bowl reads, "DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS," which has been interpreted by French epigrapher and professor emeritus Andre Bernand as meaning either, "by Christ the magician" or "the magician by Christ." ...He and his colleagues found the object during an excavation of the underwater ruins...
  • New astonishing finds in Aboukir!

    01/30/2004 6:53:55 AM PST · by vannrox · 3 replies · 697+ views
    Hilti Foundation ^ | Mission Report 2003 (FR post 24 JAN 04) | Editorial Staff - Franck Goddio
    Alexandria, January 2004. The 2003 joint Aboukir Bay research mission of the Department of Underwater Archaeology of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM) led by Franck Goddio has brought to light scientific results of great historic interest. On the site of the sunken city of Heracleion, discovered in May 2001, archaeological excavations performed around the temple of Heracles have enabled to define the topography of the surroundings of the sanctuary. In this monument a cult to the supreme pharaohnic deity Amon and to his son Konshu (respectively Zeus and Heracles for the Greeks)...
  • Research Sheds Light On Ancient Egyptian Port And Ship Graveyard

    03/29/2013 9:49:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | unattributed
    New research into Thonis-Heracleion, a sunken port-city that served as the gateway to Egypt in the first millennium BC, was examined at a recent international conference at the University of Oxford. The port city, situated 6.5 kilometres off today’s coastline, was one of the biggest commercial hubs in the Mediterranean before the founding of Alexandria... This obligatory port of entry, known as ‘Thonis’ by the Egyptians and ‘Heracleion’ by the Greeks, was where seagoing ships are thought to have unloaded their cargoes to have them assessed by temple officials and taxes extracted before transferring them to Egyptian ships that went...
  • Floods Swept Ancient Nile Cities Away, Experts Says

    10/18/2001 1:46:50 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 1,309+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 10-17-2001 | Hillary Mayall
    Floods Swept Ancient Nile Cities Away, Expert Says By Hillary Mayell for National Geographic News October 17, 2001 Two cities that lay at the edge of the Mediterranean more than 1,200 years ago, Herakleion and Eastern Canopus, disappeared suddenly, swallowed by the sea. Now, an international team of scientists may have figured out the mystery of why it happened. The researchers have concluded that the two cities collapsed when the land they were built on suddenly liquefied. The cities of Herakleion and Eastern Canopus lay at the edge of the Mediterranean more than 1,200 years ago, but disappeared suddenly when ...
  • Cleopatra's gems rise from the deep

    05/11/2006 6:14:37 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 1,358+ views
    London Times ^ | 5/11/06 | Roger Boyes
    Franck Goddio shows off one of the sculptures he found (Markus Schreiber/AP) Cleopatra's gems rise from the deepBy Roger Boyes Hundreds of priceless finds will shed light on 1,500 years of Ancient Egyptian history THE lost world of Cleopatra’s palaces has been dug out of the muddy Mediterranean sea bed by a man dubbed the Underwater Indiana Jones. The results of Franck Goddio’s excavations, comprising 500 priceless finds that shed light on 1,500 years of ancient history, will be put on public view today for the first time. President Mubarak of Egypt will open the exhibition in Berlin, and...
  • A Thousand Relics Found in Egypt

    01/30/2004 6:08:35 AM PST · by vannrox · 32 replies · 372+ views
    Travelvideo.tv ^ | Jan 28, 04 | 11:57 am | By Hazel Heyer
    A Thousand Relics Found in Egypt Jan 28, 04 | 11:57 am A French-Egyptian archaeology team has retrieved more than 1000 artifacts, including statues and busts of pharaonic gods and goddesses, from the Mediterranean Sea floor off Egypt's northern coast of Alexandria, according to the Egyptian antiquities officials earlier this week. The 2003 Abu Qir Bay Department of Archeology Mission under the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the European Institute for Underwater Archeology unearthed artifacts during archaeological surveys which helped define the topography around the sanctuary site or the temple of Heracles. Dating back to the third and fifth centuries...
  • Sunken Egyptian city reveals 1,200-year-old secrets

    05/01/2013 7:30:36 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1st May 2013 | Eric Pfeiffer
    'Until a decade ago, no one knew if Heracleion, believed to be an ancient harbor city, was fiction or real. Now, reports the Telegraph, the researchers who found it—150 feet beneath the surface of Egypt's Bay of Aboukir—are sharing some of the amazing historical artifacts preserved there. The finds include 64 ships, 16-foot-tall statues, 700 anchors and countless gold coins and smaller artifacts. According to underwater archeologist Franck Goddio, credited with having discovered the site, the city was probably built sometime around the 8th century B.C., which makes it older than the famed city of Alexandria. Over the years, it...
  • An Ancient City Is Discovered Underwater. What They Found Will Change History Forever

    12/07/2013 12:44:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Sunken Skyz blog ^ | December 1, 2013
    The city of Heracleion was engulfed underwater 1500 years ago. This grand city had been mentioned by the Greek writer Herodotus, the 5th-century BC historian. He had told a wonderful tale of Helen of Troy, who traveled to Heracleion, then a port of 'great wealth', with her Trojan lover, Paris. When French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio stumbled upon some relics, it led them to one of the greatest finds of the 21st century; a city underwater. The discovery took place when Goddio had been in search of Napoleon’s warships from the 1798 Battle of the Nile, when he had been...
  • Underwater Archaeologist Franck Goddio Finds 1,600-Year-Old City that Vanished 1,200 Years Ago

    06/18/2013 12:45:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Core77 ^ | June 6, 2013 | hipstomp / Rain Noe
    ... [Franck Goddio's] results were impressive ... But it was an expedition he undertook in 2000 that really put him on the map, so to speak: He managed to locate Thonis-Heracleion, an ancient port city (built circa 800 B.C.!) that's now completely submerged off the coast of Egypt. The hyphenated name hints at its cosmopolitan nature: The Egyptians called it Thonis, the Greeks, Heracleion after a massive temple to Heracles that once stood at the site ...