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22 November 2017 | 02:57 PM

North American debut of Egypt-exhibition

“Sunken Cities” opens March 25 at the Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum next year will present “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds,” the exhibition showcasing finds from underwater archaeological expeditions of Franck Goddio and his team off the coast of Egypt in the sunken cities of...


18 October 2017 | 03:34 PM

This Saturday on CNN

The Wonder List with Bill Weir in Egypt

This week's episode of CNN's Wonder List with Bill Weir features the work of Franck Goddio and his team in Thonis-Heracleion off the coast of Egypt.Watch this Saturday on CNN at 9 p.m. ET/PT


08 June 2017 | 12:25 PM

Extension of Osiris exhibition

Now on view in Zurich until 13 August 2017

Due to popular demand, the Museum Rietberg in Zurich extends the exhibition „Osiris – Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries“ for roughly one month. The sensational findings of maritime archeology can now be seen through August 13 2017. "We...


28 February 2017 | 04:00 PM

Religious Landscapes of Egypt – Late to Greco-Roman Period

Conference by the Oxford University’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology and the University of Zurich

The Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA) and the University of Zurich held a conference on Religious Landscapes of Egypt – Late to Greco-Roman Period from 16 – 18 February 2017 at the University of Zurich.Far-reaching changes were happening in...


20 September 2016 | 01:58 PM

Osiris exhibition in Zurich Switzerland

After Paris and London, this fascinating exhibition of the latest underwater archaeological discoveries opens for the first time in a German-speaking country next February: Museum Rietberg in Zurich will host the show

Osiris, Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries (German title: „Osiris - Das versunkene Geheimnis Ägyptens“) opens 10 February 2017 at Museum Rietberg in Zurich. The exhibition features some 300 objects, many of them on display for the first time outside...


19 May 2016 | 10:28 AM

Sunken Cities, Egypt's Lost Worlds

Exhibition opening at the British Museum in London

The exhibition "Sunken Cities, Egypt's Lost Worlds" with discoveries from our underwater archaeological expeditions off the coast of Egypt is on display at the British Museum in London from 19 May - 27 November 2016. It is the first...


08 September 2015 | 03:40 PM

Thonis-Heracleion in context

New publication by the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Oxford University’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA) has published a new book on Thonis-Heracleion and the archaeology in the Canopic region in Egypt. The volume “Thonis-Heracleion in Context”, edited by Damian Robinson and Franck Goddio,...


20 August 2015 | 01:56 PM

Osiris. Egypt's Sunken Mysteries

Exhibition featuring latest underwater archaeological discoveries on view in Paris from September 8 on

A fascinating new exhibition featuring latest underwater archaeological discoveries of Franck Goddio and his team will be on display soon: Osiris. Egypt's Sunken Mysteries will open its doors at the Arab World Institute in Paris on September 8th...


04 August 2015 | 02:15 PM

North East swell

Eric explains the impact of winds on the excavation work

The mission ship and his feluccas, photo: Eric Smith

Our site in the Bay of Abu Kir is exposed to winds from the North East, which bring a large swell to the mother ship and all our smaller feluccas, making working conditions difficult on the surface, and a wet daily ride from the fisherman's port for...


23 July 2015 | 10:00 AM

Underwater videography

capturing dramatic excavation moments

Roland and Pascal are our underwater videography and lighting crew. They have been capturing the excitement of Franck’s discoveries from the beginning, and translating those hard to capture underwater moments for dramatic documentary films. And...


09 July 2015 | 10:03 AM

How big was Thonis-Heracleion?

Eric, archaeological diver in Franck's team, explains:

The Princess Duda on mooring over the center of Heracleion.

"I have been asked if we have any idea how big Heracleion was before it was swallowed by the sea. I can tell you it seems huge when you try to swim, or walk along the bottom from one side to the other, you might use all the air in your tanks...


01 July 2015 | 02:09 PM

How to spend the evenings on board

Film du Soir

Photo: Eric Smith

After a hard day's work underwater, and the subsequent work of recording, photographing, and mapping the day's discoveries, it's great to be able to unwind and watch a film together. Thanks to Roland, our resident movie maker and afficionado, we...


24 June 2015 | 09:50 AM

Underwater visibility

Franck's team explains the weather's impact on the excavation work

photo: Eric Smith

"When people see the beautiful underwater photography that accompanies the exhibitions of artifacts that we recover during excavations, they remark that the visibility must always be good. But in fact the normal visibility is generally poor,...


17 June 2015 | 09:57 AM

What everybody wants to know

We can talk about underwater archaeological tools and techniques all day long, but what everybody wants to know is...

Photo: Eric Smith

..."what do you eat on board?" Fortunately for us, we have a Chef de Cuisine on board. George loves to cook as much as we love to eat his meals, and his speciality is pastries. Thanks George! I hope we fit into our dive suits in the...


11 June 2015 | 09:55 AM

Getting to work in a Sunken City

Franck's team explains the daily routine at the excavation site

"Getting to work on time is rarely a problem here in Down Town Heracleion. Traffic at street level is sparse, with only about 15 commuters in the entire city. The fact that the city sank over a thousand years ago might have something to do with...


03 June 2015 | 12:14 PM

Greetings from the excavation site in Egypt

Franck Goddio's Team is resuming excavations at Thonis-Heracleion

"We're all excited about this season's excavations and optimistic that there will be many remarkable new finds. The weather looks promising, but many people mistakenly believe that being just off the coast of Egypt the weather is always warm,...


29 May 2014 | 01:34 PM

Interactive Map of Sunken City Heracleion

new website feature

An interactive map of the ancient sunken city of Thonis-Heracleion can now be explored here. The map was created from archaeological data generated from excavations at the site by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM). It gives...


01 November 2013 | 10:16 AM

The Modern Explorers

Franck Goddio's expeditions are featured in a new Thames & Hudson book on contemporary explorers

What is left to explore on our planet in the twenty-first century? Through vivid, mostly first-hand, accounts we gain unique insight into challenging and epic journeys to some of the remotest parts of the planet in extremes of temperature,...


16 April 2013 | 09:48 AM

TV Documentary on Thonis-Heracleion

Premiers Saturday, 11 May 2013 on ArteReruns Sunday, 26 May at 3.25 pm on Arte

The TV documentary Egypt's Sunken City/ A Legend Is Revealed shows the rediscovery of the ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion that submerged more than a 1,000 years ago, on Saturday, 11 May, at 8.15 pm (German)/ 8.45 pm (French) on...


07 January 2013 | 01:33 PM

15-17 March 2013: OCMA Conference

Heracleion in context, the maritime economy of the Egyptian Late Period

ProgrammeThe next OCMA conference will be held at Oxford University on 15 - 17 March 2013 on the topic "Heracleion in context: The maritime economy of the Egyptian Late Period". The purpose of the symposium is to explore the maritime...


06 December 2012 | 02:30 PM

New book by the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology

The Decree of Saïs

Schöne Teller

Oxford University’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA) has published a new book on Maritime Archaeology in the Canopic Region in Egypt. The volume by Anne-Sophie von Bomhard focuses on a stele found during underwater excavations in Aboukir Bay...


18 May 2012 | 09:00 AM



The US west coast premiere of Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt featuring artefacts discovered by Franck Goddio and his team in cooperation with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities is on display at the California...


18 May 2012 | 08:30 AM

New Franck Goddio Website is Online

With latest films, photographs and background stories

The new website of underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team is online: www.franckgoddio.org presents the latest news on his underwater archaeological projects taking place throughout the world.The website features Goddio’s research...