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Treasures pulled from a briny tomb

by By Suzanne Fields
Spectacular artifacts from two lost cities of ancient Egypt, rescued from the sea after more than 1,300 years, have taken the breath away from more than 1 million visitors to the Martin-Gropius Building in Berlin. They have even ignited religious debate — nonviolent so far — in Egypt.
French archaeological adventurer Franck Goddio and his team of divers, armed with robotic equipment, swim masks and flippers, pulled the treasures from the depths at the ancient Egyptian harbor of Alexandria and the two lost neighboring cities of Herakleion and Canopus in 1999 and 2000.  Gereon Sievernich, director of the Martin-Gropius Building, describes the artifacts as important evidence of the ancient megalopolis, which grew into a melting pot of cultures, especially after Alexander the Great conquered Egypt and founded Alexandria, naming it for himself.  Egyptian authorities have now approved the exploration of the ruins of another city buried in the Mediterranean, this one a Roman city discovered by an excavation team 20 miles east of the Suez Canal on Egypt’s northern coast.

Read the original article at: Washington Times

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