The theory that a Roman city was swallowed up by an enormous tsunami just became reality. The long-lost city has been found!
This city is said to have been engulfed some 1,600 years ago and has been untouched ever since. A new archaeological project by the Tunisian National Heritage Institute as well as the University of Sassari has finally sent divers to explore this sunken city. So far these divers have uncovered the remains of streets, monuments, and lots of tanks that were being used to store a fermented fish sauce. This discovery is one for the books!
“This discovery has allowed us to establish with certainty that Neapolis was a major center for the manufacture of garum and salt fish, probably the largest centre in the Roman world.”
Neapolis means ‘new city’ in Greek and there are actually a handful of towns called this around the former Roman Empire. This one was near the modern-day coastal town of Nabeul in Tunisia. Fantar and his team have been looking for the port of this city since 2010. The city itself exists as ruins of all you could imagine, houses, paved mosaics, and so much more. Approximately one-third of the urban area was submerged and remains underwater.
Very little was recorded about this city in general because the citizens of Neapolis sided with Carthage rather than Rome during the Third Punic War. With that being said there are a few references to Neapolis over an extended period of Roman literature. It is assumed that the city itself was punished greatly for its allegiances.
What do you think about this fantastic discovery and what do you imagine this underwater city to look like? I am very excited to see where this leads us in the future. For more information on these findings check out the video below.