Ancient temples, relics found in submerged city near Egypt
Archaeologists have uncovered two temples, coins and other remains in the Bay of Aboukir.
NILE DELTA, EGYPT — Archaeologists in Egypt have found the ruins of an ancient temple in the underwater city of Heracleion.
The sunken remains of Heracleion were first discovered in Egypt's Aboukir Bay in the year 2000, according to Ancient Origins.
Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities reports that during a recent two-month expedition, marine archaeologists uncovered part of a completely destroyed temple in the southern canal.
The ruins were part of the city's main temple, Amun Garp. Researchers also found the remains of a smaller Greek temple, as well as ancient columns.
Bronze and gold coins believed to be from the second, third and fourth century were also uncovered along with ancient pottery and jewelry.
Lead researcher of the expedition Franck Goddio explains on his website that the marine research work during the expedition was carried out using devices such as remote operating vehicles and side scan sonars.
According to Ancient Origins, Heracleion was submerged nearly 1,200 years ago and is believed to have sunk due to a gradual rise of sea levels and soil liquefaction.
Archaeological research in Thonis-Heracleion is currently ongoing, as Goddio estimates only five percent of the lost city has been discovered to date.
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