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Sunken Egyptian treasures reveal lost cities

Check out the ancient Egyptian artefacts that lay submerged beneath the Mediterranean sea. They belonged to two, long forgotten, sunken cities.
The Egyptian ruins of two long forgotten, ancient cities were located in Aboukir Bay in the Egyptian Nile Delta. These stone fragments don't look like much more than a fun place for fish to hang out - but underwater archaeologists discovered some astonishing treasures hidden below the surface.
The Egyptian ruins of two long forgotten, ancient cities were located in Aboukir Bay in the Nile Delta. These stone fragments don't look like much more than a fun place for fish to hang out - but underwater archaeologists discovered some astonishing treasures hidden below the surface.Christoph Gerigk, Franck Goddio, Hilti Foundation
Around the 7th Century BC the cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus sat opposite each other on separate islands in the Egyptian Delta - a large area to the north of Egypt where the Nile spreads out before it drains in to the Mediterranean sea.
A statue of Hapy at the bottom of the Nile Delta. Around the 7th Century BC the cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus sat opposite each other on islands in the Egyptian Delta - a large area to the north of Egypt where the Nile starts to spread out before it drains in to the Mediterranean sea.Christoph Gerigk, Franck Goddio, Hilti Foundation
By the 8th century AD, the sea had reclaimed the cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus and they lay hidden below the seabed for centuries. This smiling statue being hoisted from the sea bed is the god Hapy who symbolised the flooding of the Nile.
By the 8th century AD, the sea had reclaimed the cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus and they lay hidden below the seabed for centuries. This smiling statue being hoisted from the sea bed is the god Hapy who symbolised the flooding of the Nile.Christoph Gerigk, Franck Goddio, Hilti Foundation
A diver discovers a statue of Osiris. The god Osiris represents regeneration. The decoration on the statue represents water, the source of life.
A diver discovers a statue of Osiris. The god Osiris represents regeneration. The decoration on the statue represents water, the source of life.Christoph Gerigk, Franck Goddio, Hilti Foundation
An archaeologist diver using a brush to clear away sand to reveal a bovid jaw discovered under 2.5 cm of sand on the site of Canopus. Bovid are an animal similar to bison and buffalo.
An archaeologist diver using a brush to clear away sand to reveal a bovid jaw discovered under 2.5 cm of sand on the site of Canopus. Bovid are similar to bison and buffalo.Christoph Gerigk, Franck Goddio, Hilti Foundation
Diver archaeologists pose beside a large vat thought to have originally been located in a garden.
Diver archaeologists pose beside a large vat thought to have originally been located in a garden.Christoph Gerigk, Franck Goddio, Hilti Foundation
This stone tablet, called a stele, was found on the site of Thonis-Heracleion. It is inscribed with the decree of Saϊs.
A stone tablet, called a stele, was found on the site of Thonis-Heracleion. It is inscribed with the decree of Saϊs.Christoph Gerigk, Franck Goddio, Hilti Foundation
This stone tablet, called a stele, was hoisted from the water in a remarkable state of preservation. The treasure has gone on display at the British Museum in London.
A stone tablet, called a stele, being hoisted from the water in a remarkable state of preservation. The treasure has gone on display at the British Museum in London.Christoph Gerigk, Franck Goddio, Hilti Foundation