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Ancient gold of lost Egyptian city going on display

July 31, 2013

Gold, bronze weights, statues and other artifacts from the Egyptian city of Heracleion, lost underwater to history for 1,200 years, will soon go on display, according to an international team of archaeologists.

The city, located near Alexandria at the juncture of the Nile and the Mediterranean, has been called the most important Egyptian port during the reign of the later pharaohs.



Physical evidence of the city, mentioned by ancient Greek historian Herotodus, did not arrive until 2001, when French archaeologist Franck Goddio found Heracleion treasures while searching for Napoleon Bonaparte's warships from the 1798 Battle of Nile.

 

 


 

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