Picture through IEASM
After the ancient the military ship was undisclosed in the ancient Egyptian city of Thônis-Heracleion, last month, a group led by the European Institute of Underwater Archeology (IEASM) has made new discoveries in the same place.
Inside something opinion last month, Tumulus (Greek Cemetery) was reported to have been found next to the shipwrecked ship. Now ancient Greek pottery has been found in the remnants of the storm, and surprisingly the baskets are still full of what was on offer.
Even more surprisingly? The fact that the content remained fairly unchanged. The grape seeds and doum fruit lay intact in the basket for millennia. It has been speculated that they were able to maintain their condition either because they were buried soon after the offer, or because they had been kept safely in an underground room.
The Greeks were were allowed to settle in the city during the Pharaohs and built their own communities and settlements near the temple of Amun. However, a series of earthquakes led to the collapse of the area they built, which engulfed the city alongside its neighbor Canopus.
Thônis-Heracleion was located at the mouth of the Canal branch of the Nile. Once a bustling city, it has been described as hosting an “intensive activity” that brought its wealth. Franck Goddio, who leads this archaeological study, estimated that only 5% of the city has been found so far.