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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, presents 16 papers that explore the port-city from the...

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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 2015 with over 250 artefacts, many of them never...

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North East swell

Eric explains the impact of winds on the excavation work

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 our Egyptian Colleagues.

But the swell isn’t so...

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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 although their job sets them slightly apart, they are...

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How big was Thonis-Heracleion?

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

"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 for the trip.

But we do have a pretty good idea where it...

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How to spend the evenings on board

Film du Soir

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 have a wide selection of new releases and older...

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Underwater visibility

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

"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, and sometimes downright bad. Like today, for example....

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What everybody wants to know

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

..."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 morning!

La question que tout le monde se pose...
Nous débattons...

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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 it.

So after meeting for morning coffee at our...

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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, or even hot. They might be surprised to see the divers...

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