Sunken Roman city found off Libya

ancient roman city libya coastA recent archaeological discovery may be an example of many more submerged ruins not only in the Mediterranean but also in other parts of the world. Since most of today’s population lives near water, including rivers, oceans and seas, we can be sure that a sigificant portion of mankind in the past has done likewise. Hence, geological, climatological and seismological coastal changes may have submerged numerous such human settlements. Indeed, there are rumors of “Osirian” ruins deep in the Mediterranean that date to several thousand years ago, when the sea may have been at a lower level. In this case, the mechanism that sank this newly discovered Roman city off the coast of the North African country of Libya is speculated to have been a tsunami.

Ancient Roman city found off Libyan coast

Rome, Dec 6 (IANS/AKI) Italian archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient Roman city submerged off the coast of Libya.

The remains of the city date back to the 2nd century A.D. and were found by archaeologists and experts from Sicily and the University Suor Orsola Benincasa of Naples, involved in the ArCoLibia archaeology project.

The discovery took place on the Cape of Ras Eteen on the western side of Libya’s Gulf of Bumbah, as archaeologists were searching the area for shipwrecks and the remains of ancient ports.

Archaeologists instead found walls, streets, and the remains of buildings and ancient tombs. After a careful analysis, the experts realised the area extended for over a hectare.

Experts also said that the city could have been destroyed by a strong tsunami after an earthquake which struck the eastern coastal region of Cyrenaica in 365 A.D.

According to a statement released by Sicilian authorities, the city flourished through the manufacture of imperial dye, a purple pigment used to colour the clothing of the Roman elite.

The dye was very expensive in Roman times.

4 Comments

  1. I’m wondering if they’ve tried to find any historical references to this town. Id love to be an archaeologist on this little time capsule.

  2. Interesting
    How about the one off of the Caribbean at 2000-2300 feet deep about twice the size of New York city! Even more interesting I think. It was just found via satellite, off of Cuba’s coast no coordinates as of yet though. How ever the sat photos are pretty sweet!

    1. Exellent! Where? More info! We need an article about that here.

  3. under sea discoveries
    Not sure where yet the discoverers are not disclosing much not even their identity at this time. so who knows if it is real yet. But look up Herald de Paris search for (under water city Cuba) and you will find the article, there are two on this site. Also a video on Huffington post although as usual they go for sensationalism and say they claim to have found Atlantis but interesting stuff!

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