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Ancient military vessel found in sunken city


Divers found rare remains of a military vessel and a Greek funerary complex in an ancient sunken city that once served as Egypt’s main Mediterran­ean port, said officials on Monday. For centuries, Thonis-Heracleion was considered Egypt’s largest port in the area until Alexander the Great founded the coastal city of Alexandria in 331 BC. The city, which became submerged following a series of earthquake­s and tidal waves, was discovered in 2001. Flatbottom­ed with large oars, mast and sails, the 25-meter-long vessel was often used for navigation within the Nile Delta, according to experts.

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