Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds at the British Museum
Photos, films and reviews about the British Museum Sunken Cities exhibition
Treasures from Egyptian cities lost to sea now on display in spectacular new show
About 1,300 years ago two Egyptian cities, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, sank into the Mediterranean Sea. They’re still there, perfectly preserved. They were inhabited not only by native Egyptians but also Greeks and Romans, and eventually Byzantine Christians. The cities were known from texts — Egyptian decrees, mythology and the writings of Herodotus — but no one had actually seen them.