Recordings will be made available for those unable to attend the live sessions!

In this course, you will be on a journey across the oceans to learn more about how maritime archaeology investigates our changing relationship with the world’s water bodies. From the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean, and from the Nile River to the Thames, civilisation was and still is connected by water. By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of what maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage are all about. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the latest research projects in the field in both Egypt and UK.

During this five-week course, you will gain an overall understanding of maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage. Connect with archaeologists working in the field by examining their careers and diving “virtually” into their sites, both underwater and in the middle of the desert. We will sail together on an exciting journey through times, understanding ancient mariners, how they’ve built their boats, prepared them, and navigated them to the farthest corners of the world. While in Egypt, we will examine boat burials and traditions related to boats and ships, both in ancient and modern Egyptian history. You will learn more about cutting edge technology in the field and get your hands on some three-dimensional models of ancient boats and ships. Finally, you will be introduced to traditional maritime communities in Egypt and how they are keeping these traditions alive for future generations to enjoy.

 No prior knowledge of the topic is necessary for this course, it is accessible to any and everyone who has a passion to learn about Egyptian maritime heritage.



Ziad M. Morsy is an Egyptian maritime archaeologist, based in Alexandria, Egypt. For more than 10 years, he has been exploring both ancient and modern maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage in Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Montenegro, Italy and the UK. Ziad is working towards his PhD in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton. He is also an Honor Frost Foundation Scholar and a visiting lecturer at the Alexandria Centre for maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage. Ziad’s research focuses on boat building traditions of the Nile, with a focus on Medieval and modern traditions. He is also a member of several underwater archaeological projects in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Lately, he was awarded a number of research grants focusing on the exploration, documentation and preservation of different maritime aspects of Egyptian heritage.

Course Outline

Thursday 16th June, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week One - Introduction to Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage
We will discuss the meaning of Maritime and underwater archaeology, diving into the history of the discipline and how it evolved. Additionally, different environments that maritime archaeologists work in will be introduced.

Thursday 23rd June, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Two - Seafarers of the Ancient Worlds
How did the idea of boats and ships come to be? We will discuss different evidence of the earliest seafarers, ancient navigation and ancient harbours.

Thursday 30th June, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Three - Ship burials in Ancient Egypt
Why did the Ancient Egyptians bury their boats and ships? We will explore the various types of ancient Egyptian ship burials and the latest discoveries in the field.

Thursday 7th July, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Four - Science and Maritime Archaeology
Learn about the use of other sciences in maritime archaeology and the latest technological advancement in the field of maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage.

Thursday 14th July, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Five - Maritime Ethnography
Our final week will be an introduction to maritime ethnography, including several case studies of maritime ethnographic research.


20% of your ticket fee will go toward the Society’s Education and Training FundThank you.

Members of the Egypt Exploration Society can book at a heavily discounted rate. If you’re not yet a member but would like to join in order to receive this discount, then please ensure that you have already joined here. Subscriptions from members include a donation to support and promote Egypt’s cultural heritage. If you are a Cairo Associate, then please contact our Cairo Office to reserve your discounted tickets: [email protected] 

Register for your place in advance using the links below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the course. Links for joining the event will be sent by email. If you do not receive your email, then please check your junk folders before contacting the Egypt Exploration Society. The course will be held on our Zoom platform and attendees will be able to interact by asking questions, using the chat and polls. It is not necessary to have a working webcam or microphone for this course. The online course will be complemented by Google Drive, where resources will be uploaded.

Please ensure that you have read our guide to attending EES online events before the course begins.

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