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Video: Paris expo resurrects ancient Egypt’s lost city of Heracleion

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-09-14

After close to two millennia under water, the remains of the ancient Egyptian city of Heracleion have found a temporary home at the Arab World Institute in Paris.

The exhibition “Osiris, Sunken Mysteries of Egypt” brings together some 2,500 artifacts from the legendary Nile Delta city, also known as Thonis, which is believed to have sunk at some point in the 2nd century AD and was one of the great port cities of the world.

The precious objects, which have never before been exhibited in public, were recovered off the Egyptian coast by a French underwater archaeology team.

French archaeologist Franck Goddio was looking for 18th-century French warships when he stumbled upon the completely submerged Heracleion.

The find sheds new light on the cult of Osiris, Ancient Egypt’s god of the afterlife and resurrection.

“Osiris, Sunken Mysteries of Egypt” runs through January 31, 2016.

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Date created : 2015-09-07

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