When a month ago I was telling you how excited I was to go and visit the exhibition at the British Museum of Egypt’s sunken cities, I can now say that I was not disappointed, but blown away by what I saw.
Over the last 20 years a team of marine archaeologists, led my Frank Goddio have explored the submerged land off the Mediterranean coast, discovering the ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. And some of their finds are shown for the first time in UK.
The exhibition space was dimly lit with spot lights illuminating the artifacts brought up from the sea. While standing in front of the beautifully displayed and DRY statues and objects it was hard to imagine that they had been submerged under water for thousand of years. But to help the public to understand this, as well as giving a hint of the difficulties of bringing these finds out of the water, there was a video close to each object showing it still laying on the ocean floor.
These two pictures show a statue when it was first discovered and now standing proudly for all to see in the museum.
The following photos were taken when these artifacts were first found.
And not to let anybody forget where the objects came from, the soft sound of running water could be heard during the visit.
More from Egypt soon
The exhibition runs through November 27, 2016