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Exhibition of the month

British Museum’s new blockbuster – Sunken cities – Egypt’s lost worlds

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BLOCKBUSTER is a much over used adjective but is most fitting for this latest exhibition at the British museum which has been rightly awarded 5 stars across the board by all the papers.

“Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time.”

The two lost cities in question were Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, situated at the mouth of the Nile. Both cities were important trading centres and in the case of Canopus a centre of religious worship. The exhibition sets out to establish the social and cultural link between the civilisations of ancient Egypt and Greece.

The rooms are laid out to recreate the underwater world where these treasures have been buried for so long. Through half-filtered light and the sound of the water you discover sculptures of breath-taking beauty, their crisp minimal lines seemingly untouched by their thousands of years of submersion. Alongside the exhibits is video footage of the divers discovering the very same exhibits and from these you get a measure of the sense of wonder that such discoveries must have brought. In addition as you move around the exhibition you will begin to get an understanding of the connection between these two great ancient civilisations.

Go see and be truly amazed.

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