Archeologists Discover 2,400 Yearold Basket With Fruits Inside

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Archaeological “treasures” have been unearthed at the site of the ancient drowned city of Thonis-Heracleion, off Egypt’s coast, including Greek ceramics and 2,400-year-old wicker baskets loaded with fruit.

According to IEASM, their 2021 trip, which was carried out in close collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, yielded “very fascinating data” at the site of Thonis-Heracleion in the Bay of Aboukir.

It was “covered with sumptuous funerary offerings” dating back to the beginning of the fourth century BCE, IEASM said.

The tumulus is 60 meters long and eight meters wide, and it “looks like a kind of island encircled by waterways,” according to IEASM.

Huge blocks of the destroyed temple of Amun in Thonis-Heracleion fell on top of a galley, which was moored alongside, and sank it. Second century BCE. Photo: Christoph Gerigk ©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation
Huge blocks of the destroyed temple of Amun in Thonis-Heracleion fell on top of a galley, which was moored alongside, and sank it. Second century BCE. Photo: Christoph Gerigk ©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation

“We found signs of burned material everywhere,” Goddio stated, according to the IEASM statement.

“There must have been some spectacular ceremonies held there. The site must have been sealed for hundreds of years because no artifacts from later than the early fourth century BCE have been discovered, despite the fact that the city continued to exist for hundreds of years after that.”

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