I'm fascinated by the Egyptian civilization and have included references to it in my novels. The Moonstone series takes place in the present, and the co-written Higher Ground series (with the green background on the sidebar) features a future time after the Great Flood. One click on a cover will let you see more about the book.
According to archaeologists, the cities ended up at the bottom of the sea after years of natural disasters, earthquakes, landslides and such.
After seven years of underwater excavation, divers retrieved 250 artefacts, from a 40 square mile area of the Mediterranean Sea near Alexandria, Egypt. Covered in sediment, and partially protected by the sea, the objects date back 2,800 years.
The artefacts have philosophical and artistic value, and also point out a continuity in Egyptian beliefs from the ancient pharaoh civilization and to Greek and Roman times. For instance, Osiris became Dionysus in Greece and then Bacchus in Roman times.
The recovered items have gone on display at an exhibition in Paris. The Paris exhibit at the Arab World Institute will last till the end of January, and then travel to the British Museum in London.
Chuckle. The British Museum features in my books as well. At the end of the futuristic series, some of the lovable characters dive into the flooded city to find what they're after in the museum.
I'll hold my breath while I wait for the London exhibit. It's been many years since I went to the city, but it's only half an hour away by train.
Do you find past civilizations fascinating?