Underwater archaeologists working off the Egyptian coast have
discovered an entire submerged city dating from ancient times.
At a news conference in Alexandria, the French marine
archaeologist, Franck Goddio, revealed the first evidence of what is
believed to be the ancient city of Herakleion.
A lost world
His divers have located a lost world of temples, houses and
Numerous artefacts were also recovered from its sister city of
Menouthis. It is still not known what destroyed the cities more than
1,000 years ago.
The remains of Herakleion were found less than ten metres
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, which was rediscovered last century, but no one had
ever seen the evidence.
It was a city that grew rich from taxes and was once renowned
for its lax morals.