Lost for 1,600 years, the royal quarters of Cleopatra were discovered off the shores of Alexandria. A team of marine archaeologists, led by Frenchman, Franck Goddio, began excavating the ancient city in 1998. Historians believe the site was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves, yet, astonishingly, several artifacts remained largely intact. Amongst the discoveries were the foundations of the palace, shipwrecks, red granite columns, and statues of the goddess Isis and a sphinx. The Egyptian Government plans to create an underwater museum and hold tours of the site.
I've taken liberties with the photo above and added some sea grass and an Egyptian image. It fascinates me to think that for a thousand six hundred years this stone lion stood guard, a credit to the artists who crafted him all those years ago. Amazing. It somehow makes any oceanic art I might create pale by comparison. Thanks for allowing me a moment to consider those artists of so long ago!