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Heraklion Relics Out of Water

   Recently, a magnificent sculpture was discovered at the ruins of the ancient castle Heraklion, which was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea. It is 19 feet tall, weighs 6 tons and is made of granite, it is a portrayal of ancient Egyptian civilization. "This stone sculpture is the largest statue of a god ever found in Egypt," said archaeology captain Frank Gordio. "It has a particularly important archaeological value."

  On a clear, breezy spring day, the crew of the archaeological exploration ship Princess Dura threw the anchor chain into the rippling waters of the Mediterranean Sea, just 4 miles off the coast of Egypt.

  A year ago, the archaeological team of divers found the ruins of the ancient city of Heraklion in Abu Gil Bay. Archaeologists salvaged the stone sculpture statue and some inscription steles from the ruins at the bottom of the sea. These stone carvings that confirm the ancient Egyptian civilization have been immersed in sea water for more than a thousand years and are now re-emerging. They are still vivid and lifelike.

  Heracleion is one of two ancient cities that were excavated under the sea under the leadership of archaeology captain Frank Gordio. These stone carvings have a history of two thousand years, and they will provide historians with physical evidence for further understanding of ancient history. "These physical data are very important, very precious, and are rare treasures," Gordio said. "It's very much like Venice, with waterways and bays, and houses facing the street."

  According to historical records, luxury and sensuality are synonymous with the two castles of Heraklion and Canopus (another ancient city sinking under the sea). During the reign of Cleopatra VII, he often had fun with Antony at Canopus, which caused strong condemnation from the ancient Roman authorities.

  These two ancient castles have been covered with a mysterious veil, and later sank to the bottom of the sea. Some scientists believe their collapse was caused by an earthquake, while others say it was the result of overflowing seawater.

  Gordio, 55, was a successful financial advisor but was interested in marine archaeology. In 1984, he was invited to participate in the archaeological salvage work of the Napoleonic expedition flag ship Vostok sunk in the Gulf of Abu Gil. It was a major archaeological discovery that verified Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798, and the cultural relics unearthed opened his eyes.

  After learning the approximate locations of the two fallen ancient castles, Gordio decided to use the underwater detection technology to find the lost ancient city. When the exploration began, the archaeological team surveyed the approximately 46 square miles of sea around the ancient city site. Magnetic resonance devices on the ocean floor quickly determined the location of the ancient city's ruins. When the archaeological team determined the exact location of the ancient city underwater, the underwater excavation tools and devices were sent underwater. "If you hear a hard rock banging while you're digging, you have to be careful, maybe it's a stone carving," said diver Claude Rubaud.

  During the excavation, not only stone statues and steles were found, but also cooking pots, pots, pots, pots, bronze mirrors, pots, oil lamps, exquisite gemstone jewelry, gold leaf, dinner plates and coins.

  Gordio believes that these artifacts should be legally attributed to Egypt. The Egyptian government is preparing to build a museum in Alexandria to display these rare treasures from the water. Gordio is negotiating with relevant parties to transport these rare treasures to various parts of the world for touring exhibitions. It is said that this mobile exhibition may start in the next few years.

  "These cultural relics shine with the splendor of ancient Egyptian civilization, and they will bring people back to the era of the ancient Egyptian dynasty more than a thousand years ago. People should be grateful to the sea, which has preserved the amazing works left by ancient Egypt for mankind. . . . It's a miracle."


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