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Franck Goddio Newsletter

Newsletter May 2015

New exhibition opens in Paris in September 2015

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 2015 with over 250 artefacts, many of them never shown outside Egypt.

The objects will be drawn largely from the last seven years of underwater excavations at the ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus off the coast of Egypt by the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), directed by Franck Goddio in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities and supported by the Hilti Foundation. The selection will be supplemented by 40 artefacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria.

Together, they illustrate the “legend of Osiris”, the Egyptian god of the afterlife. Osiris, so the legend says, was killed and cut into pieces by his brother Seth. Osiris’ sister-wife Isis reassembled the pieces which led to his resurrection in order to conceive their son Horus. Osiris was therefore worshipped for bringing new life to death, including the circle of vegetation and the flooding of the Nile. The “legend of Osiris” is one of the great founding myths of ancient Egypt. It was remembered, perpetuated and renewed in the annual celebration of the “Mysteries of Osiris”, one of the great religious ceremonies of ancient Egypt. According to the Decree of Canopus, a stele of 238 B.C., in the Canopic region this ceremony culminated in an annual water procession along the canals between Thonis-Heracleion and the city of Canopus.

“Osiris. Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries” will reveal some of the latest discoveries of Franck Goddio and his team from these sites. Celebrations and rituals that were carried out in the utmost secrecy of the temples of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus will be presented to the visitors. They will be guided through 1,100 square meters to the submerged sites of the two cities and can follow the water procession along the canals. The exhibition will be hosted by the Arab World Institute and its President Jack Lang.

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