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June 25 2013

Lost Ancient City Exhumed From the Ocean


It was a legend. No trace of the city had ever been found, and it appeared only in a few rare inscriptions and ancient texts. The city of Thonis-Heracleion (known by both its Egyptian and Greek names) was not something anyone was expecting to find, because no one was looking for it. So it was something of a shock when in 2000 French archaeologist Franck Goddio, looking for 18th-century French warships, saw a colossal face emerge from the watery shadows of the Alexandria bay.

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