Archaeologists In Egypt Have Uncovered A Shipwreck That May Unravel A 2,500-Year-Old Mystery

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In 2000 the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology found the remains of an ancient city in Egypt, which had remained buried underwater for over 1,000 years. Since then, divers have excavated a host of ancient artifacts at the site, including shipwrecks. But in March 2019 the world discovered that the organization had found a ship unlike any they had seen before. In fact, the only previous evidence it existed was one man’s description – and until now, many people thought that he was lying.

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It’s astonishing what some of humanity’s most ancient civilizations have been able to accomplish. For example, the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks did not have access to the materials or knowledge that we have today. However, they built incredible structures like the pyramids, developed whole new technologies to improve farming and created ideas which influenced much of philosophical and mathematical thought.

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Meanwhile, when you think of Ancient Egypt, you probably think of the pyramids. Indeed, experts today are still baffled by how they built on such a scale. There are, however, smaller but equally important innovations that came from this highly successful society. For example, sand often got into food there – and this led to the Egyptians inventing toothpaste and toothbrushes.

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