We are excited to share with you our results of the 2021 mission in Thonis-Heracleion. We have made some extremely interesting finds, one of which is a Ptolemaic galley. She sank after being hit by huge blocks from the famed temple of Amun, which was totally destroyed during a cataclysmic event in the second century BC.
In another part of the city, we discovered remains of a large Greek cemetery covered with sumptuous funerary offerings. They date back to the very first years of the 4th century BC. This discovery beautifully illustrates the presence of the Greek merchants and mercenaries who lived in Thonis–Heracleion.
Ptolemaic galley and funerary offerings
Photos: ChristophGerigk ©FranckGoddio/Hilti Foundation
A podcast on the different projects of the Hilti Foundation also features our co-operation with them in our underwater archaeological research programme off the Egyptian coast which already began in the mid 1990ies. Colleagues who became friends over the years give first-hand accounts on how it all started and what achievements we have made since.
We are looking forward to the release of our latest volume in the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology series later this year, entitled The construction, remaking and dismantling of sacred landscapes in Lower Egypt from the Late Dynastic to the Early Medieval Period. It presents current research on these topics at Thonis-Heracleion and Egypt as a whole.
We will keep you posted.
All best wishes,