The Egypt Exploration Society organizes the EES Online Course: “Introduction to Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage”, on Thursday evenings, 6-7:30pm (UK Time), 16th June-14th July 2022 plus recordings.

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.

Book your place now:

EES Member: £50
Non-Member: £100
Student EES Member: £25

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 Dates:

Online lessons will be held live at the following times (UK):

Thursday 16th June, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time: Introduction to Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage

Thursday 23rd June, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time: Seafarers of the Ancient Worlds

Thursday 30th June, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time: Ship burials in Ancient Egypt

Thursday 7th July, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time: Science and Maritime Archaeology

Thursday 14th July, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time: Maritime Ethnography

Find out more about each class on our website:

Recordings of the live sessions will be made available to attendees following the weekly session for those unable to attend in person or wanting to rewatch them.

Tickets: 20% of your ticket fee will go toward the Society’s Education and Training Fund, thank 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, please ensure that you have joined here: