Twenty hectares of the remains of Roman ruins under the sea have been discovered in Nabeul, Tunisia.
This is a major archeological discovery which confirms ancient stories that a tsunami swallowed up part of the city of Neapolis in the 4th century.
The archeologists started working in Tunisia and Italy in 2010, searching for a port and a sub-marine to have the certainty that the earthquake in Neapolis really occured.
Through the discovery, scientists corroborated legends saying that Neapolis was a great center of production of garum and curing – probably the largest center in the Roman world – which was then exported to various neighbouring countries.
First evidence show the certainty that Neapolis suffered an earthquake which according to historian Ammien Marcellin, occured on July 21, 365 AD and which severely affected Alexandria.
The earthquake then produced a giant tsunami that submerged and destroyed Neapolis.