According to NBR on May 25, plunging into the waters off Alexandria Tuesday, French archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team explored the submerged ruins of a palace and temple complex from which Cleopatra (the Queen of Egypt) ruled, which was hammered into the sea by earthquakes and tsunamis more than 1,600 years ago.
It was reported that the team was surveying ancient Alexandria's Royal Quarters. They also found a colossal stone head believed to be of Caesarion, son of Cleopatra and previous lover Julius Caesar, and two sphinxes, one of them probably representing Cleopatra's father, Ptolemy II.
A huge quartzite block had an engraving of a pharaoh. An inscription indicates it depicts Seti I, father of Ramses II. "It's a unique site in the world," said Goddio, who has spent two decades searching for shipwrecks and lost cities below the seas.
Nowadays, many archaeological sites in ancient Egypt have been destroyed by man. But this site is well preserved. It was learned that Goddio's team has already found the similar ancient sites in the sea area of Alexandria Port. Many of its treasures are completely intact, wrapped in sediment protecting them from the saltwater.
It is known that Alexandria's Eastern Harbor was abandoned after another earthquake, in the eighth century, and was left untouched as an open bay. While modern port construction went ahead in the Western Harbor,that has left the ancient sites undisturbed below.
"The findings from along the Egyptian coast will go on display at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute from June 5 to Jan. 2 in an exhibition titled 'Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt. ", said Goddio, The exhibition will tour several other North American cities.
2010-05-30 13:05 编辑：kuaileyingyu