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The story of cities, part how Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world

Lost for 1,600 years, the royal quarters of Cleopatra were discovered off the shores of Alexandria. A team of marine archaeologists, led by Frenchman, Franck Goddio, began excavating the ancient city in 1998.

Lost for 1,600 years, the royal quarters of Cleopatra were discovered off the shores of Alexandria. A team of marine archaeologists, led by Frenchman, Franck Goddio, began excavating the ancient city in 1998.

Experts call for excavation of priceless texts buried by Vesuvius

Scholars have pleaded for Italian authorities to complete excavations at the site of Herculaneum in Italy (pictured), warning that priceless classical texts buried there could be lost forever.

Bronze & Wood Shaving Razor & Mirror  --  Circa 1479-73 BCE  --  From the tomb of Hatnofer & Ramose  --  Western Thebes  --  Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bronze & Wood Shaving Razor & Mirror -- Circa 1479-73 BCE -- From the tomb of Hatnofer & Ramose -- Western Thebes -- Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Howard Carter opening the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in 1924

Howard Carter opening the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in 1924

Head of a ruler, ca. 2300–2000 b.c.  Iran or Mesopotamia, Arsenical copper, Met Museum

Head of a ruler, ca. 2300–2000 b.c. Iran or Mesopotamia, Arsenical copper, Met Museum

Egyptian hieroglyphics at Medinet Habu. Medinet Habu is the name commonly given to the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III.

Egyptian hieroglyphics at Medinet Habu. Medinet Habu is the name commonly given to the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III.

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