It would be as though Manhattan sank under the ocean and the Statue of Liberty was buried under the water-drenched sand, hidden away from human memory for thousands of years, only to be found by a Frenchman. Worse, a French mathematician!
Thonis-Heracleion (the Egyptian & Greek names) was lost, and pushed into the purgatory of legend. It was a massive and vibrant city that sank under the sea, 6 1/2 kilometers down. 13 years ago, it was found.
Thonis Heracleion Documentary
This is in English, but I think it’s a scrape from a Japanese TV rerun That makes it more fun, in my opinion!
A fascinating discussion they have right off the bat in this documentary on Thonis-Heracleion is the effect Trade between Greece and Egypt at the time. In the past, historians downplayed economics and the flow of information & culture that it brings. But that tide is changing along with a wave of interdisciplinary trends.
Another is how Frank Goddio — a mathematician & statistician — went about his search for the city in a totally different way than would have been standard among archaeologists.
More Videos of Thonis-Heracleion
These photos and videos are from Frank Goddio’s site, the badass who found the lost city. They give you a bit of an idea of the scope of the find.
Photos of Thonis-Heracleion
Photos by: Frank Goddio