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Egypt Mission 2023

New finds in Thonis-Heracleion

This year, the team investigated the city's South canal, in to which huge blocks of stone from a great temple collapsed during a cataclysmic event dated to the mid-second century BC. This was the temple to the god Amun, where Pharaohs came to receive from the supreme god of the ancient Egyptian…


As Time Goes By...

Follow the journey of the colossal queen and king from the excavation to their display in the Grand Egyptian Museum


Exhibition Pre-opening

Colossal statues now on view at the Grand Egyptian Museum

The two colossal statues of a Ptolemaic queen and king discovered by the IEASM during excavations in the sunken city of Thonis-Heracleion are now on display at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) near Cairo.

The statue of the king may represent Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who ruled between 277-270 BC. It…


Live-Stream Session

Latest News From Egypt

Join Franck's live-stream session talking about the team's ongoing research in Thonis-Heracleion, Canopus and Alexandria in Egypt and the latest developments on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. (GMT+1). The session is organised by our partner, the Hilti Foundation.

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A new home for the artefacts

Moving places in Alexandria

A group from the IEASM recently met with colleagues of the Egyptian Department of Underwater Antiquities in order to set up a new warehouse in Alexandria. A huge number of objects, approximately 35,000, had to be moved and arranged anew. Thanks to this cooperative effort there is now much more space…


New publication

Constructing, Remaking and Dismantling Sacred Landscapes in Lower Egypt

Chapters of this book by the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA) are drawn from a conference on the Religious Landscapes of Lower Egypt held at the University of Zurich and present case studies that examine different aspects of the long-term life-histories of the landscape and the…


Live Event from University of Oxford

Franck Goddio presents: The Portus Magnus of Alexandria

Join his live lecture on Thursday, 2nd December at 5pm (GMT) at:


In his lecture “The Portus Magnus of Alexandria”, organized by the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA) and livestreamed by the University of Oxford, Franck takes us on a fascinating journey into…


Online Seminar Series

Alexandria and the Sea

Our partner, the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA), is inviting to attend its online seminar series "Alexandria and the Sea".

From 11th October to 2nd December lectures will be held each Monday and Thursday at 5 pm (GMT). The symposium aims to bring together scholars working on diverse…


Canopus documentary

Watch the new Smithsonian Channel documentary on our discoveries in the sunken city of Canopus:
Secrets, Season 7, Episode 1

Monday, 13 September at 4pm
Saturday, 16 October at 5pm


Egypt expedition in Thonis-Heracleion

New archaeological treasures found

The 2021 mission of the IEASM off the coast of Egypt in the Mediterranean has revealed extremely interesting results at the site of Thonis-Heracleion in the Bay of Aboukir.

Among the finds is a Ptolemaic galley. She sank after being hit by huge blocks from the famed temple of Amun, which was…