Destroyed and sunk together with a large space of the Nile delta by a number of earthquakes and tidal waves, Thônis-Heracleion was rediscovered in 2001 in Abu Qir bay close to Alexandria, now Egypt’s second largest metropolis.
The navy vessel, discovered by an Egyptian-French mission led by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), sank when the famed temple of Amun it was mooring subsequent to collapsed within the second century BC.
A preliminary examine reveals the hull of the 25-meter flat-bottomed ship, with oars and a big sail, was constructed within the classical custom and in addition had options of Ancient Egyptian building, Egypt’s tourism and antiquities ministry mentioned.
In one other half of town, the mission revealed the stays of a big Greek funerary space courting again to the primary years of the 4th century BC, it mentioned.
“This discovery beautifully illustrates the presence of the Greek merchants who lived in that city,” the ministry mentioned, including that the Greeks had been allowed to settle there through the late Pharaonic dynasties.
“They built their own sanctuaries close to the huge temple of Amun. Those were destroyed, simultaneously and their remains are found mixed with those of the Egyptian temple.”