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During Underwater Excavations in Heracleion, archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a military ship and a funerary complex In Heracleion, Egyptian ancient city immersed in the Mediterranean.
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a military ship and a funerary complex in Heracleion, an Egyptian ancient city immersed in the Mediterranean, announced Monday the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The discovery was carried out during underwater excavation in Heracleion (Thônis in ancient Egyptian), which was one of the main ports of the country located at the mouth of the Nile until the Grand Founds the city of Alexandria in 331 before our era. The city, discovered in 2001, was submerged after a series of earthquakes and large tides.
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"A Franco-Egyptian (...) mission found debris from a military vessel from the Ptolemaic era and the remains of a Greek funerary complex dating from the fourth century BC," said the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities in a statement.
This flat bottom vessel with wide overalls, a mast and sails, measured 25 meters long and was used for navigation in the Nile Delta, according to the first deductions of archaeologists.
according to them, the ship had to moor at the wharf of the old temple of Amon and had to flow after the collapse of the building during an earthquake in the second century JC
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Findings "Extremely rare"
"The Findings of ships at this time are extremely rare, "says Franck Goddio, the European Institute of Underwater Archeology, which led the mission. The researchers also discovered a funerary complex showing the presence of Greek merchants in the region during the late period of ancient Egypt.
According to the ministry, the Greeks then dominated this region and built funerary temples. Remains of these temples were discovered underwater "in excellent condition," he adds.
These last discoveries "show the wealth of temples in this city that is now based in the Mediterranean Sea, notes the department.
The Egyptian authorities regularly announce archaeological discoveries, sometimes without waiting for the conclusions of the experts responsible for the necessary scientific and perspective analyzes, according to specialists.
Cairo announced several important archaeological discoveries in recent months with the hope of reviving tourism, a sector that has encountered a lot of difficulties since the 2011 revolution, which chased former President Hosni Mubarak power to the pandemic. of coronavirus today.
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