|Submerged for centuries, a part of the ancient city of Alexandria lies 6 to 8 metres underwater. The operation came up against a number of difficulties such as
limited visibility in the dark waters of the bay of Alexandria and the cement blocks of the breakwater immersed in 1993 that hindered access.
|The excavation operation of Jean-Yves Empereur did however manage to identify nearly 3000 masonry blocks : capitals and bases of columns, sphinxes, obelisks, huge statues, and numerous works that were a mix of Ancient Greek and Pharaonic styles. Several pieces originate from periods before the Alexandrine era (XIXth to VIth BC).|
Excavation : Jean-Yves Empereur, CEA ; photos : Stéphane Compoint © Corbis Sygma, Authorised Reproduction Only