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Sunken Ancient City off Abu Queer Coast

A joint Egyptian-French archeological mission discovered a city dating back to the Hellenic era (300 BC) on the Mediterranean seabed, not far from Alexandria.

This old city lies to the eastern side of Ras Zefroun (Zefroun Promontory) four kilometres off Abu Queer Coast.

According to historians, this city had originally housed two suburbs namely; Menotous and Heraclume.

The first suburb (Menotous) was the worshipping site of the highly revered godess Isis, whereas the god Hercules was worshipped in Heraclume.

The last two years of excavations have led to the discovery and salvage of five carved statues, representing the heads of a number of kings, and Hellenic and Roman officials, in addition to gold coins, jewellery and four columns, each four metres high.

Among their archeological findings, were also three parts of a rare holy altar called Nawos, the seat and foundation of the god's statue inside the temple.

The engravings and inscriptions on the artefacts are related to astronomy, thus consolidating the theory that the Ancient Egyptians were the first to learn about astrology.

Moreover, the mission found ruins of buildings, which may have formed parts of temples or palaces and some temple columns in addition to incomplete parts of sphinx statues.

Hundreds of archeological pieces are still believed to be under water. Foremost among them are stony masses with Hieroglyphic inscriptions dating back to the 26th and 30th dynasties.

A number of golden coins dating back to Byzantine and Islamic eras were also found.




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