Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

Nicholas C. Rossis

Photo via The Economist

If you are in London until November 27th, you have a great opportunity to visit “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” at the British Museum. The exhibition contains treasures excavated from the Mediterranean and, as the Economist points out, explains how the ancient Greeks knew how to win hearts and minds when it came to subduing Egypt.

In the eighth century AD, earthquakes, floods, and subsidence caused the Egyptian coast at Alexandria, the city founded by Alexander the Great after he took Egypt from the Persians in 332BC, to sink beneath the waves. From the 1960s onwards, teams of underwater archaeologists have been mapping and excavating a whole submerged Graeco-Egyptian world.

Now, for the first time, an exhibition highlights the excavations begun in the 1990s by an underwater team headed by Franck Goddio, founder of the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine (IEASM)…

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