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What Scientists Found Hidden Deep In The Mediterranean Sea In Egypt Is Seriously Unbelievable

Divers have made a history-altering discovery under the seas in Egypt.

Atlantis may be the best-known forgotten underwater city, but it’s not the only one.

The ancient city of Heracleion has been unearthed by divers in the Mediterranean and it has unveiled a whole host of secrets.

Diver Franck Goddio looks over a huge handcarved statue of a pharoah measuring a whopping 16ft tall!

Treasure from the forgotten city include a 16-foot hand carved statue of a pharaoh of the time, other statues and sculptures made from precious metals not to mention artifacts from the time made from gold, which have incredibly kept there shine over the centuries.

The city was thought to be functional at around the 6th century B.C, and pieces have been found that are thought to date to around 200 years before that.

Amazing pictures show how divers carefully scrutinize the ancient objects, including a head carved from red granite which is thought to be the head of Hapi – ironically the Nile-flooding God. Statues of Hapi are incredibly rare and are much sought after.

Check out the amazing images below and glimpse for yourself:

The giant head of a statue carved out of red granite depicting the god Hapi. Hapi is known as the god of the flooding of the Nile.

 

The diver intricately lift the statue to the surface to preserve and protect this piece of history. It will reside safely in a museum.

 

Here, the pharoah, the queen and the god, Hapi, are laid next to a temple stele dating back to the 2nd century B.C. It was discovered in 17 different locations on the sea floor. 
This incredible gold plaque was found in the southern area of the city. The text is written in Greek and details the king responsible for building this area. King Ptolemy III (246-222 B.C.)

 

This is a reflection from a divers mask. We see a bronze statue of the god Osiris. The crown is the typical insignia of power and this statue has eyes adorned with gold sheets.

 

This bronze oil lamp dates back to the 2nd century B.C.

 

Diver Franck Goddio showing off the size of this inscribed stele. This was ordered to be built by Nectanebo I sometime between 378 and 362 B.C.

 

The divers carefully lift the enormous stele out of the water where it has been for well over 1200 years.

 

The divers are carefully inspecting a stone full of gold fragments that date back to the 6th century B.C.

 

This gold saucer that was used for drinking and serving.

 

This stunning statue was found under the bay of a Ptolemiac queen. Most likely Cleopatra II or Cleopatra III dressed as the goddess Isis.

 

This hug red granite statue was also found near the big temple of Heracleion and weighs an incredible 4 tons.

 

 

Here is a beautiful artifact, a Graeco-Egyptian statue of a queen carved out of dark stone.

 

Here, the head of a pharaoh statue is being raised to the surface. The statue measures over 5 meters and was carved out of red granite.

 

A bronze small figure of the pharaoh of the 26th dynasty found at a smaller temple in the underwater city of Heracleion.

Among the findings is a plaque made from gold, still shining bright despite being underwater for over 1,000 years.

The special plaque is thought to be a representation of King Ptolemy III’s signature, he lived from 246-222 B.C.

Divers supplying archaeologists with pictures of the underwater site have managed to work out the time scale and the specific details of this ancient civilization.

One of the most amazing pictures from the site shows a diver posing next to a picture of a tablet, adorned with hieroglyphics which are in remarkable condition.

From the markings it was identified as a stele ordered by the pharaoh Nectanebo dating to 378-362 B.C.

Artifacts from this discovery are earmarked for display cabinets all over the world, but owing to how unique many of these pieces are means there will no doubt be a rush to lay claim on them from museums around the world.

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