11am-12pm (UK) / 12-1pm (Egypt)

As a by-product of the outstanding work by both EES staff and volunteers in digitising the Society’s photographic archives, a number of photographs of Nile boats appeared on their Flickr account. Photographing Nile boats or scenery of Egypt was not the primary goal of the different photographers, rather than it was a way of recording the archaeological digs sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Society. This talk will sail through the different albums available in high resolution on Flicker and climb on board of each Nile boat available in the archive, to give a better understanding of the role of these boats on the Nile in Egypt and Sudan. By using comparative analogy and research, this talk will include an introduction of boat types on the Nile during the 19th and 20th centuries, and a trip through the different albums.

Ziad Morsy is an Egyptian maritime archaeologist and Ethnographer who for the last 10 years has dedicated his research and studies to the changes in boatbuilding traditions on the Nile. Ziad obtained a Master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology from Alexandria University in 2016 and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Southampton. He is a member of several maritime archaeological missions across the Eastern Mediterranean region. His latest project is TradEGY (Egyptian Traditional Riverine Tangible and Intangible Heritage Rescue Project). Ziad is currently living in Alexandria, where he is a visiting lecturer at the Alexandria centre for Maritime Archaeology – Alexandria University.

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