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Ancient Egyptian metropolis found below the Mediterranean
Buried treasure: The ruins of antique Canopus were located at some 2km east of the western fringe of the Nile delta, in Aboukir Bay

Ancient Egyptian metropolis found below the Mediterranean
Dramatic: A colossal statue of red granite (5.4 m) representing the god Hapy, which decorated the temple of Thonis-Heracleion. The god of the flooding of the Nile, symbol of abundance and fertility, has never before been discovered at such a large scale

Around 300 items will be put on display, most of which were pulled from the sunken ruins. The underwater conditions in which they were kept mean that a large number of the artefacts have been remarkably well preserved.
The exhibition will focus on the mingling of cultures in the Nile delta cities, particularly the interaction between Egypt and Ancient Greece.
Other treasures on display will include a statue of Arsinoe II, a queen in the Ptolemaic dynasty which was founded after Alexander the Great conquered the country.
The exhibition shows how a pioneering European team, led by Franck Goddio in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, made use of the most up-to-date technologies to find the lost treasures.

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Strapped in: A diver secures a 5.4m statue of Hapy, a divine personification of the Nile floods, to be lifted out of the waters (left). Right, a diver brushes away remains from a cow's jaw bone found at the site of Canopus, one of the two uncovered during the research

Ancient Egyptian metropolis found below the Mediterranean
Heavy lifting: Divers carefully manoeuvre a pink granite 'garden vat' discovered among the silty ruins of Heracleion

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Preserved: The thick silt which covered most of the reclaimed artefacts helped preserve them from centuries of decay. Right, a diver brings to light an Osiris-Canopus found at the site of Canopus Aboukir Bay

Franck Goddio, the president of the European Institutue of Underwater Archaeology and a co-curator of the exhibition, said: 'My team and I, as well as the Hilti Foundation, are delighted that the exhibition with discoveries from our underwater archaeological expeditions off the coast of Egypt will be on display at the British Museum.

Ancient Egyptian metropolis found below the Mediterranean
Reclaimed: The intact Stele of Thonis-Heracleion, now on display at the British Museum, is pictured being carefully lifted out of the Nile

'It enables us to share with the public the results of years of work at the sunken cities and our fascination for ancient worlds and civilisations.
'Placing our discoveries alongside selected masterpieces from the collections of Egyptian museums, complemented by important objects from the British Museum, the exhibition presents unique insights into a fascinating period in history during which Egyptians and Greeks encountered each other on the shores of the Mediterranean.'

Ancient Egyptian metropolis found below the Mediterranean
Gift for the gods: Divers also found several model boats, pictured above, which were metal replicas of tiny papyrus vessels which Egyptians would have set sail at the temple of Amun-Gereb as an offering

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Legends: A youthful posthumous portrait of Alexander the Great. Right, a statue of the bull god Apis

Ancient Egyptian metropolis found below the Mediterranean
Golden: This necklace, a so-called pectoral decorated with lapis lazuli and glass, is on loan from the Egyptian Museum

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Magnificent: A statue of the bull god Apis, which is on loan from the Greco-Roman Museum, Alexandria

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds runs 19 May-27 November 2016



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