TRACING HISTORY


An archaeologist traces his fingers along with ancient hieroglyphs on a stele that was found hidden beneath the waves at the lost underwater city of Thonis-Heracleion.

The expedition was led by renowned archaeologist Franck Goddio. The stele is carved out of extremely hard stone and shows the pharaoh offering vases and loaves to the goddess Neith of Sais. The huge piece of stone dates to around 380 BC and is the first evidence to confirm that Thonis and Heracleion are the Greek and Egyptian names for the same city.

The lost city of Thonis-Heralcleion became victim to several earthquakes, tsunamis and rising sea levels. The soil became too unstable and the hard clay foundations gradually turned to liquid which in turn swallowed the buildings and it was lost beneath the sea - mercilessly swallowing it whole.

This particular stele was raised to the surface. Once lost - now found.

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