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Treasures From Sunken Cities At The British Museum, Reviewed

Sunken Cities, The British Museum ★★★★★

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 12 months ago
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A diver next to a royal decree which is on display at the exhibition. © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation. Photo: Christoph Gerigk

Over 1,200 years ago, two cities sunk into the Nile Delta. Now, thanks to a remarkable underwater excavation, we have the chance to get up close with some remarkable artefacts.

It's astonishing how well preserved these items are. The exhibition opens with a stunning 5m tall statue of the river god Hapi and it doesn't let up from there. The fact that a tablet with a royal decree can still be clearly read today is remarkable.

Each item includes a picture of it in situ on the sea bed, with divers next to it. It's a nice touch and brings home the message of how impressive this excavation is.

The underwater recovery is only 5% complete so we can't wait to what else it uncovers. To complement the recovered items we have objects from other collections to fill out the narrative and they blend in seamlessly.

One of several remarkable statues in this show. This one is of the bull god Apis. © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation. Photo: Christoph Gerigk

Colossal statues, reliefs and a mummified ibis are some of the highlights on display.

We also witness the story of these two sunken cities and how they were places where Greek and Egyptian culture intertwined, so much so that Greek versions of Egyptian gods were added to the religious sphere.

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

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds is on at The British Museum until 27 November. Tickets are £16.50 for adults, concessions available.

Last Updated 21 May 2016