Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) is hosting “Egypt’s Sunken Cities,” an important exhibition showcasing more than 250 antiquities from one of history’s most significant underwater archaeological finds. The presentation will be on view through April 14, 2019.
“More than 1,200 years ago, two ancient cities were lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. Two decades ago, underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team discovered those cities, revealing monumental statues, religious images carved in stone, exquisite jewelry, and delicate ceramics — and a greater understanding of life during the age of the pharaohs,” writes Mia.
The ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion, a major port and Egypt’s premier center for trade with the Greek world, and its neighboring city Canopus once stood on Egypt’s north coast. Presented by U.S. Bank, “Egypt’s Sunken Cities” features colossal, 16-foot-tall sculptures and precious artifacts from these long-lost cities. On view at the exhibition are three monumental sculptures discovered by Goddio’s team — each weighing more than 8,000 lbs. Also, on view are complementary artifacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria.