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Jul 12 2013 4:00pm

Lost Egyptian City Rises From the Sea!

Thonis-Heracleion underwater excavation

An ancient city, called Thonis by the Egyptians and Heracleion by the Greeks, and thought for centuries to be a myth, is currently being excavated and some breathtaking pictures are coming out. The city was mentioned by Herodotus in his writings, and was also said to be a stop on Paris and Helen's war-triggering romp around the Mediterranean, but it was only found to be real in 2000, when it was rediscovered by French underwater archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddio after four years of surveying.

Thonis-Heracleion underwater excavation

Thonis-Heracleion lies 30 feet beneath the surface of the Mediterranean, near the city of Alexandria, and no one knows yet exactly how it sank—one theory suggests that the buildings may simply have been too heavy for the water-logged soil.

Thonis-Heracleion underwater excavation

However, the seawater has left the city remarkably well-preserved, and researchers have even discovered Athenian weights in the site, which have never been found in an Egyptian dig before. You can read more about Thonis-Heracleion here!

Thonis-Heracleion underwater excavation


Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com. Stubby would try underwater archaeology but just gets so distracted lasering sea monsters!

5 comments
Erik Dercf
1. Erik Dercf
If these guys uncover a stargate I'm there but even without it is very cool.
Risha Jorgensen
2. RishaBree
For some reason that first picture is freaking me out. I think it may suddenly lunge once freed.
Steven Halter
3. stevenhalter
This looks spectacular. The stonework looks very well preserved.
Erik Dercf
4. Croaker42
A little too well preserved.....Yep, aliens.
Erik Dercf
5. lblltol
I sure hope all the political turmoil in the area isn't causing them any problems.

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