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Thonis-Heracleion

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The city of Thonis-Heracleion was only believed to of been a legend and no one was looking for it. The city was founded probably around the 8th century B.C, apparently underwent diverse natural catastrophes, and finally sunk entirely into the depths of the Mediterranean in the 8th century AD. Appearing in few rare inscriptions and ancient texts, the city was not something anyone had expected to find. It was in the year 2000 when French archaeologist Franck Goddio stumbled upon the relics of this submerged city while looking for the 18th-century French warships.



Among the underwater ruins were 64 ships, 700 anchors, a treasure trove of gold coins, 16-feet tall statues and the remains of the massive temple to the god Amun-Gareb. No one is quite sure how it entirely ended up in the water.

 

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