6-7pm (Egypt) | This lecture is part of our in-person Cairo event programme

The history of Maritime Archaeology in Egypt is almost 150 years old, with the earliest discoveries of ancient boats and ships buried in the sand of the Egyptian desert starting in the last decade of the 19th century. At the same time, Underwater Cultural Heritage exploration started during the second decade of the 20th century. However, maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage in Egypt did not get much attention from both national and international scholars except during the last decade of the 20th century, with the golden age of underwater exploration research work happening on the costs of Alexandria, revealing valuable information that was hidden for millennials.

This lecture will be an introduction to what is Maritime Archaeology, and what is Underwater Cultural Heritage. We will dive deep together into the history of Maritime archaeology and underwater cultural Heritage in Egypt. It will also include a discussion about the discipline, its early beginnings, current discoveries and its future trajectory.

Dr Ziad M Morsy (Honor Frost Foundation Scholar - UK; Visiting Lecturer of Maritime Archaeology, Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology – Alexandria University)

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