Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Egypt OKs study of submerged city


May 22, 2006

Roman-era ruins lie beneath Mediterranean, top archaeologist says
CAIRO, Egypt - Authorities have given the go-ahead for the underwater exploration of what appears to be a Roman city submerged in the Mediterranean, Egypt’s top archaeologist said Monday.

Zahi Hawass said in a statement that an excavation team had found the ruins of the Roman city 20 miles (35 kilometers) east of the Suez Canal on Egypt’s north coast.

Archaeologists have found buildings, bathrooms, ruins of a Roman fortress, ancient coins, bronze vases and pieces of pottery that all date back to the Roman era, the statement said. Egypt’s Roman era lasted from 30 B.C. to A.D. 337.

The excavation team also found four bridges that belonged to a submerged castle, part of which had been discovered on the Mediterranean coastline in 1910.

The statement said evidence indicated that part of the site was on the coast and part of it was submerged in the sea. The area marked Egypt’s eastern border during the Roman era.


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