Canopus and Heracleion

Today nearby towns are submerged. Canopus and Heracleion in Aboukir Bay were discovered by underwater archaeologists from 2000.

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Canopus and Heracleion

They once lay on the Canopic branch of the Nile.

Heracleion was a port of the pharaohs from the 12th century that probably sank in the 7th century AD.

Map showign the location of Canopus and Heracleion

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The form of the ancient town of Heracleion can now be plotted from the underwater finds

Layout of ancient town

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and transformed into this artist's sketch.

Artist's sketch of ancient town

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The relief stele that identified the city as Thonis

Among the finds was a relief that named Greek Heracleion as Egyptian Thonis,

The  relief stele that identified the city as Thonis

The  relief stele that identified the city as Thonis

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Sculpture from the sea

and large sculptures, Egyptian

Sculptures found underwater

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1375708.stm

and hellenized.

Sculpture from Herakleion

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