‘Sunken Cities’ background: international coverage

By | January 11, 2018

“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 making news years earlier. The stories below are a small sample of that continuing international coverage.

Franck Goddio discusses “Sunken Cities” at the British Museum

As he was preparing for the exhibition’s opening at the British Museum, Franck Goddio discussed the excavation and one of his favorite objects from the show in a series of brief video interviews that the museum dubbed “Sunken cities shorts.”

International TV coverage of ‘Sunken Cities’

Sunken Egyptian treasures on show at the British Museum (BBC; May 18, 2016)

‘Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds’ at the British Museum (CCTV; May 19, 2016)

Paris holds exhibition for Egyptian god Osiris (AFP; Sept. 7, 2015)

International reviews of ‘Sunken Cities’ at the British Museum

British Museum explores extraordinary lost cities (The Telegraph; May 17, 2016)

  • “This exhibition vividly and lucidly evokes a world of rich and potent myth, where life and death merged, men became gods and mysterious ritual and practical politics freely interacted. It’s a time and place that feels both unimaginably remote and peculiarly relevant to today…”

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds, exhibition review – What lies beneath (The Evening Standard; May 17, 2016)

  • “Spectacular and absorbing, Sunken Cities is partly an immersive environmental installation evoking the wonderment of underwater discovery…”

British Museum throws light on Egypt’s lost worlds (The Financial Times; Nov. 30, 2015)

  • “Monumental sculptures, gold and silver jewellery and humble domestic objects in an astonishing state of preservation were pulled from the clay and silt of the seabed at the sites of the cities of Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion.”

Ancient Egypt’s perfectly preserved underwater cities, and how they were discovered (New Statesman; June 3, 2016)

  • “Some of the treasures are enormous, with the statue of the god Hapi – the personification of the river Nile – standing at five metres tall, making him and the statues of the king and queen the biggest ever discovered.”

Treasures From Sunken Cities At The British Museum, Reviewed (Londonist; 2016)

  • “This is a must see exhibition with breathtaking artefacts from a remarkable discovery.”

Interviews with Franck Goddio


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