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In pictures: Egypt's sunken treasures

Egyptian sculpture at the press preview for the Egypt's Sunken Treasures exhibition in Berlin

Berlin is hosting an exhibition of ancient Egyptian artefacts from the sites of two lost cities found off the coast of Egypt six years ago.

Egyptian sculptures at the Egypt's Sunken Treasures exhibition in Berlin

Sculptures, tablets and everyday items are on display at the Egypt's Sunken Treasures exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum. They have never been on public view before.

Egyptian sculpture at the press preview for the Egypt's Sunken Treasures exhibition in Berlin

The cities, Heraklion and Canopus, were thriving centres of business and religion for hundreds of years before being destroyed by earthquakes and tsunamis 1,300 years ago.

French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio beside a Sphinx statue

The man who found it all is the French diver and archaeologist Franck Goddio, who says the pieces provide a unique insight into a vanished civilisation.

Journalists stand in front of a wall displaying hieroglyphics

Some of the exhibits include the largest stone tablet in the world containing Egyptian and Greek texts and the largest free-standing statue of an Egyptian divinity ever found.

Sculptures of Egyptian god and goddess Osiris and Isis at the Egypt's Sunken Treasures exhibition in Berlin

The cities were full of colossal statues, such as these of Egyptian god and goddess Osiris and Isis.

Sculpture of the head of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh at the Egypt's Sunken Treasures exhibition in Berlin

The cities were founded by the pharaohs and ruled by Greek kings and Roman emperors before they were destroyed.




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