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Franck Goddio Newsletter

Newsletter May 2014

New Website Feature: Interactive Map of Heracleion

An interactive map of the ancient sunken city of Thonis-Heracleion can now be explored at http://www.franckgoddio.org/projects/sunken-civilizations/heracleion.html. The map was created from archaeological data generated from excavations at the site by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM). It gives new insights into the discovered objects and structures of the city which once was the obligatory port of entry to Egypt for vessels coming from the Greek world. Locations of objects, such as statues, wrecks, temple walls, are marked on the map for users to get a feeling of how scattered the finds were, sometimes just fragments, found lying on the seafloor under thick layers of sediments. Zooming into the map and clicking on single objects will reveal more information, with additional photographs and/or video footage.

The new map helps to demonstrate the interaction between the single objects and the range of information that archaeologists can draw out of the discoveries. It allows for interpretation and historical specification of the city of Thonis-Heracleion and the whole Mediterranean region and expands our knowledge of the life of people in the first millennium B.C.