Opening Soon: Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds @British Museum

The British Museum’s latest exhibition focuses on the rediscovery of two of Egypt’s lost cities, telling their story for the first time. 

The Guardian: ** Jonathan Jones said: “There is nothing wrong with archaeology being unspectacular. Some of the most important excavations are. The problem with this exhibition is that it claims to be what it is not.”

Evening Standard: ***** Matthew Collings was more impressed saying: “Spectacular and absorbing, Sunken Cities is partly an immersive environmental installation evoking the wonderment of underwater discovery.”

The Times: ***** Rachel Campbell-Johnston was also enthusiastic saying: “Even the layman will find this spectacular. The atmosphere is evocative and the visitor is transported to a crossroads in human history.”

Culture Whisper: **** “The British Museum have nailed this one.”

This new exhibition will take visitors deep under water to discover two very different lost cities that form a part of Egypt’s history.

These two rediscovered cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, lay at the mouth of the Nile. Thonis-Heracleion was named after the Greek hero Hercules and was considered to be one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world. Meanwhile, Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods.

Over the last two decades, archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team have excavated spectacular underwater discoveries using the latest technologies. Many of the objects and statues on display will tell the story of the relationship between the ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece in this major new exhibition.

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds opens to the public on the 19th May, and will be on display at the British Museum until the 27th November. To book tickets visit:  Love  and UK

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