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Treasures of the Sunken City

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The Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, guided sailors in the Mediterranean Sea for 16 centuries. A series of earthquakes between the fourth and 14th centuries destroyed the Lighthouse. Some archeologists believe the ruins may have toppled into the harbor near Fort Qaitbey, Alexandria, Egypt. Concerned that a concrete breakwater being constructed in the harbor will destroy what remains, archeologists appealed to the government for permission to map the underwater landscape. NOVA follows an international team of archeologists, cartographers, topographers, and divers as they catalog and map thousands of previously inaccessible ancient artifacts.

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