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June 6 2013

Sunken city gives up its treasure: Ancient Egyptian metropolis lost for 1,200 years below Mediterran

An ancient Egyptian city swallowed by the sea more than 1,200 years ago has started to reveal its secrets.

Items including 16ft sculptures, gold coins and giant tablets are among some of the objects recovered from the ancient port city which lies 20 miles northeast of Alexandria in the Mediterranean.

For hundreds of years it was believed to be a legend, but the city of Heracleion, also called Thonis, was found during a survey of the Egyptian shore at the beginning of the last decade.

Now, an international team of marine archaeologists is preparing to show some of the objects found in the underwater city.

The city was mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus, who told of Helen of Troy visiting Heracleion with her lover Paris before the Trojan war.

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