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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Our Exhibition Abroad, London: ‘Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds’ Exhibit to Open at British Museum Thursday
God Hapy colossus (Courtesy of the British Museum)
Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anany arrived in London Tuesday to attend the
inauguration of an exhibition titled “Osiris, Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries,”
scheduled for Thursday at the British Museum for an extended run of six months.
exhibit, which comprises of 293 carefully selected artifacts excavated in the
ruins of ancient Alexandria’s legendary cities of Thonis-Heracleion and
Canopus, was inaugurated early September at the Arab World Institute in Paris. The exhibit is scheduled to tour Switzerland in November before returning to
exhibit, which aims to boost Egypt’s ailing tourism sector, also features 40
objects “some of which have never been on public display before, collected from
museums across the country, including the Egyptian Museum, Alexandria’s
Greco-Roman and National museums along with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Installation of a red granite stele of
Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II. 2nd century BC,
Museum, Alexandria. British Museum Facebook page.
Chairman of the Central Administration of the Sunken Artifacts
Mohammad Mostafa was quoted by Youm7 back in September.
the artifacts illustrate the legend of the God Osiris; ancient Egypt’s
afterlife deity, said Mostafa.
ancient Mediterranean cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus sank in the late
seventh/early eighth century after they were hit by an earthquake and tidal
waves,” former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Abdel Halem Nour
el-Din previously told The Cairo Post.
ruins of the two cities were discovered in 1999 by Franck Goddio; a French
marine archaeologist, who heads the European Institute for Underwater
Archaeology (EIUA,) Nour el-Din said.