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  • 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 ...
  • 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...