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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The city of Heracleion was once a great city memorialized by Herodatus in his epic story of The Trojan War. Unfortunately, the city was submerged underwater over 1500 years ago, never to be seen again. Until now.

The city was discovered underwater by French archaeologist Franck Goddio, who was actually in search of Napoleon warships. Instead, he stumbled upon statues from this glorious city, and immediately brought them to the surface.

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The researchers found countless statues to Egyptian Gods, as well as smaller statues that guarded the temple where Cleopatra was inaugurated as Queen of the Nile.

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The image above is of a bronze statue of a pharaoh from thousands of years ago.

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Records show that Heracleion slipped underwater sometime in the 6th or 7th century A.D. This discovery will provide crucial clues to understanding the ancient world.

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