Underwater archeologist Frank Goddio has dedicated his entire life to searching for remnants of lost civilizations from the past. But even he wasn’t expecting what he found deep below the ocean’s surface in the Abu Qir Bay, on the coast of Egypt.
No, it’s not the lost city of Atlantis… but it’s close enough. Deep beneath the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, he has found the sunken Egytian city of Thonis-Heracleion, which has long been forgotten by time.
The city of Thonis-Heracleion was lost to the sea a long time ago.
It was a port city, likely founded somewhere around the 8th century B.C.
Following a series of natural disasters, the city was lost close to the 8th century A.D.
Its discovery has unearthed countless artifacts.
Such as this ancient statue of a pharaoh.
Here it can be seen as the team works to bring it to the surface.
First time above water in 1200 years or so.
Each incredible object sheds more light about this ancient city and its culture.
What a monumental discovery.
Considering that we’ve only explored a tiny fraction of the world’s oceans, it’s incredible to consider just how much more must be out there.