Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds at the British Museum


Colossal statue of god Hapy, Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt (SCA 281) © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation. Photo: Christoph GerIgk
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Submerged for more than a thousand years, the secrets of two lost Egyptian cities are brought to the surface in this major exhibition of underwater archaeology. Read More


Dive into the underwater worlds of two ancient cities in Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds at the British Museum.

Founded almost three millennia ago, the once lively Egyptian cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus were meeting points of Egyptian and Greek cultures at the mouth of the River Nile. Submerged into the Mediterranean Sea by the eighth century AD, findings from recent and ongoing underwater explorations of the two cities are brought together in this major exhibition.

See magnificent statues, beautiful jewellery and religious curiosities from the cities on display alongside items from the Nile Delta taken from the museum’s own collection. Follow the story of Greek and Egyptian interactions as the first Greeks arrived in Egypt and after Alexander the Great’s conquest, and discover the underwater expeditions and archaeological work of Franck Goddio and his team off the coast of Egypt.

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