Egypt's Sunken Treasures

Egypt's Sunken Treasures

by Franck Goddio
     
 

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Photographs and images from a landmark underwater excavation that changed the maps of history.

In the shallow waters of Aboukir Bay off the coast of Egypt, the ruins of three ancient cities-Alexandria, Heraklion, and Canopus lie along with valuable clues to the way their citizens lived and worshiped. Underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovered these

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Photographs and images from a landmark underwater excavation that changed the maps of history.

In the shallow waters of Aboukir Bay off the coast of Egypt, the ruins of three ancient cities-Alexandria, Heraklion, and Canopus lie along with valuable clues to the way their citizens lived and worshiped. Underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovered these relics, which include statuary, jewelry, pediments, stone tablets and fragments of buildings, all lost for nearly two thousand years. In addition to remarkable photographs of the excavation process, this illuminating volume connects the artifacts to the lives of Helen of Troy, Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. It discusses the interactions among the three cities, between Egyptians and ancient Greeks, and the influences each civilization had on the other. An exciting volume for anyone interested in ancient history, this richly illustrated book is the most comprehensive examination to date on the excavation of the lost cities below Aboukir Bay.

Franck Goddio is founder and president of the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology in Paris. He is the author of numerous books and scientific articles, and has been the subject of numerous television documentaries.

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Underwater archaeologist Goddio (founder & president, European Inst. for Underwater Archaeology, Paris) and an interdisciplinary team of experts spent more than ten years exploring and excavating off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. Using complex electronic sweeps, they charted the topography of the region, mapped the great harbor of Alexandria, and rediscovered the drowned ancient cities of Canopus and Herakleion-Thonis. They found buildings, statues of gods and rulers, coins, jewelry, pottery, and everday objects. This multifaceted publication, with splendid color photographs, presents these findings, describing the processes of excavation and conservation, and includes detailed essays on the history of the region: its beliefs; myths and legends; rites, cults, and daily life; and trade and assimilations with Greeks and other foreigners. The book also provides a catalog of the works discovered, with small photographs, identification, and measurements of some 500 pieces dating from 700 B.C.E. to 800 C.E. This monumental work should appeal to a wide audience, from general readers to specialists in ancient history, art, Egyptology, marine archaeology, and related fields. It belongs in public and academic libraries as well as in special collections not only for its expertise on the ancient past but also for the hauntingly beautiful underwater photographs. Not to be missed! Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9783791335452
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.70(d)

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