Frank Goddio is an underwater explorer who has dedicated his entire life to searching for remnants of lost civilizations. You’d think this would have prepared him for almost anything… but even he wasn’t expecting what he found off the coast of Egypt.
There, beneath the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, he found the ancient sunken Egyptian city of Thonis-Heracleion.
The ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion was founded as a port city during the 8th century BC.
Unfortunately, it eventually suffered a series of natural disasters.
And the city was eventually overtaken by the sea.
There, it remained hidden for centuries.
Until it was rediscovered, along with hundreds of ancient artifacts.
This ancient pharaoh’s tomb is just one of them.
Divers worked tirelessly to bring it to the surface to study it further.
This is the first time it has seen direct sunlight in over one thousand years.
The countless other treasures include stores of gold.
These tributes to the ancient gods of Egypt are in perfect condition.
This haunting image of a statue of Osiris is still captivating.
They have yet to recover all of the treasures that lay hidden in the depths.
Each item they bring to the surface is a revelation.
It’s slow but important work.
It gives us so many clues as to how they lived.
Each artifact they discovered helps us better understand this lost society.
What a truly fascinating discovery.