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Franck Goddio Newsletter

Thonis-Heracleion

20th anniversary of the discovery of the sunken ancient city
Franck presenting the stele of Thonis-Heracleion in 2000 after its raising from the seabed. Photo: Christoph Gerigk©Franck Goddi/Hilti Foundation

Dear friends,

this month marks the 20th anniversary of our discovery of Thonis-Heracleion. During the last two decades we have resumed our research in this sunken city each year and were able to gather fascinating new information on ancient civilizations. 

My team and I feel honoured to be able to explore such a rare underwater archaeological site. It is still a dream come true and based on today's research results we are far from finishing our work there. I would guess that we have discovered only about  five percent of the whole city so far. We will of course keep you posted on any new discoveries.

We have added a new video on our YouTube channel about how we succeeded in discovering Thonis-Heracleion. 

I would also like to inform you that our research in Alexandria harbour is featured in a new episode of Discovery's UNEARTHED series which is broadcast Sunday 14 June 2020 on the Science Channel in the USA at 9pm. I hope you enjoy watching it.

And finally, I am happy to announce that the exhibition "Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities" with finds from Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus will open its doors at the Virginia Museum of fine Arts in Richmond on 4 July 2020.

All best wishes,

Franck