More light shed into the ancient Egyptian port
Further research into the ancient Egyptian port which had the role of a gateway revealed more than 60 sunken ships, as presented at a recent conference in Oxford discussing the maritime life of ancient Egypt.
The name of the port was ‘Thonis – Heracleion’ and it was one of the biggest commercial ports in the Mediterranean. It is interesting to note that the traces of that port are found 6.5 kilometres off the coastline, showing a dramatic increase in water levels since then.
With more than 60 ships and more than 700 different types of ancient anchors found, it is believed that this must be the largest ancient nautical collection ever. Researchers suggest that many of those ships may have been deliberately sunk as if it were a ship graveyard.
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