The treasures of the ancient sunken city of Herakleion off the coast of Egypt have been revealed to the public for the first time. Herakleion was Egypt?s main port in the time of the pharaohs, but until its rediscovery last year, it was known only through Greek legends and a few ancient history books. Researchers believe the ancient city was sent to the bottom of the Mediterranean after than earthquake rocked the region more than 1,000 years ago.
Archeologists found a city almost untouched by time, full of colossal statues, hieroglyphic tablets and an extraordinary store of gold coins and jewelry. ?History is materializing in our hands,? says Egypt?s Culture Minister Farouk Hosni. As many as 20,000 pieces are still on the sea floor.