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)

CAIRO: 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.

The 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 Egypt.

The 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 Museum,” 

Installation of a red granite stele of Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II. 2nd century BC, 
Thonis-Heracleion. Maritime Museum, Alexandria. British Museum Facebook page.
Chairman of the Central Administration of the Sunken Artifacts Mohammad Mostafa was quoted by Youm7 back in September.

All the artifacts illustrate the legend of the God Osiris; ancient Egypt’s afterlife deity, said Mostafa.

“The 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.

The 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.

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