Once a thriving port on the Egyptian coast, Thonis-Heracleion was submerged beneath the waves around the end of the 8th century. And thought lost forever.
Submerged for well over a thousand years, around 250 artifacts from the ruins of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus are shown to the public for the first time in anexhibition at the Arab World Institute.
The cities were once thriving ports on the Egyptian coast but were sunk by natural disasters in the 8th century AD.
They only survived in obscure historical texts, until their rediscovery by French archaeologist Franck Goddio in 2000.
A difficult search
Since 1992, Goddio — who founded the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology — has been working closely with Egyptian authorities and, later, with the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology to reveal more of the cities located on the seabed of the Aboukir Bay near Alexandria.
“From the very beginning, the project of locating the cities of Thonis, Heracleion and Canopus was presented to the Egyptian authorities along with the proposal for the research in Alexandria’s Portus Magnus. My initial idea was to have a completely comprehensive approach to all the possible sunken sites of the western part of the delta of the Nile because those three cities had relationships with each other,” Goddio told CNN.
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