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What’s happening out there?

An important work by American sculptor Richard Serra is being installed in the road between the Main Building steps and the Apotheosis of St. Louis statue. Serra meant for this work to be embedded in asphalt so that it can be driven and walked over, rather than simply observed. The sculpture—To Encircle Base Plate Hexagram,… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: international coverage

“Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” was praised by crowds and critics when it was on view at the British Museum in 2016. The exhibition similarly wowed the European press when it was presented under a different title at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich and Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Archaeologist Franck Goddio’s discoveries were… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: discovery and excavation

With a unique survey-based approach that utilizes the most sophisticated technical equipment, Franck Goddio and his team, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities, were able to locate, map and excavate parts of the city of Thonis-Heracleion, which lies about four miles off today’s coastline. The city is located within an overall research area… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus

More than 1,200 years ago, two cities on Egypt’s north coast disappeared into the Mediterranean Sea. They were victims of different natural catastrophes, like the rising of the sea level and seismic disruption, which triggered tidal waves. Over the coming centuries, these cities were largely forgotten.  Ancient accounts told of the cities’ splendor and magnificence,… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: The Mysteries of Osiris

Franck Goddio’s discoveries helped scholars understand the Mysteries of Osiris, an annual water celebration along the canals between Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus commemorating one of Egypt’s most important myths—the murder and resurrection of the god Osiris. Many of the Mysteries were conducted in secret by specially consecrated priests, and we know of them now only through… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: Franck Goddio bio

“Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” focuses on the discoveries of Franck Goddio, a pioneer of modern maritime archaeology. Goddio will discuss his work in the lecture “The Osiris Mysteries in Egypt’s Sunken Cities” in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium on Friday, March 23 at 11 am and on Sunday, March 25, at 2 pm. The lecture… Read More »