The two successful candidates are Omaima Eldeeb and Katarina Jerbić
Omaima Eldeeb is a graduate of Alexandria University’s, Faculty of Arts (2008), where she studied Greco-Roman Archaeology. She has worked as an underwater archaeological inspector in the Central Department of Underwater Antiquities in Egyptian Ministry of Archaeology from 2012 until 2016. She earned her MA (2014) at the Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage, where her thesis focused on how to apply in-situ preservation methods to underwater cultural heritage and at the same time provide public access to UCH.
Omaima participated in a number of terrestrial and underwater surveys and excavations in Egypt, such as the Mareotis excavation (2008), working alongside a team from Southampton University (UK) and in collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Archaeology. She participated in the Bagoush underwater archaeological survey (2011) with the Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology and the Quitbay fort underwater excavation with the French Centre for Alexandrian Studies in Alexandria (2015).
Omaima is delighted to be living out her dream, studying maritime archaeology in Adelaide as a PhD Candidate at Flinders University. The HFFDR Scholarship was a major accomplishment, and one of which Omaima is incredibly proud; this opportunity means to me a lot to her personally and professionally.
Omaima’s PhD project, will be about shipwrecks and amphorae sites along the Alexandrian coastline, focused on network analyses, comparative study and typological chronological sequence. She plans to undertake an excavation at one of the more interesting archaeological sites in Alexandria-Egypt, the Mammora site east of Alexandria Eastern Harbour. This site contains an ancient shipwreck and a field of amphorae and anchors. She will undertake surveying, drawing and GIS mapping then excavating, dendrochronology, radiocarbon dates and 3D modelling. Additionally, she will propose a model for the protection and public access to the underwater site.
Omaima will present a paper about maritime museums in IKUWA6 in November 2016 and will participate in organizing the AIMA Conference 2017 which will be held at Flinders University. She looks forward to being an active PhD candidate and plans to publish book reviews and academic journal articles and participate in international archaeological conferences.
Katarina Jerbić earned an MA in Archaeology and Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. She has been working as an archaeologist for more than 10 years on various archaeological excavations as well as a curator in an archaeological museum. Her scientific interest has always leaned towards European Prehistory and its diversity, especially in her home country of Croatia and its Adriatic coast.
Katarina’s Ph.D. research will be taking place on the Northern Adriatic coast in Istria, Croatia. The site in focus located near the town of Zambratija and is a 6000 year old prehistoric and a possible pile dwelling settlement (sometimes also known as stilt houses or palafittes), which is a settlement pattern usual for the Alpine region of that period in Europe. The site, which is now submerged used to be on land when it was in use, but due to postglacial sea-level rise, was flooded by the rising Adriatic Sea. It is now three meters under water. So far more than 120 wooden piles have been found at the site.
Katarina’s research will aim to reconstruct the site by recording all the piles and identifying patterns. From there, one of the longer-term goals is to make 3D reconstructions of the structures and village. She will also collect samples of soil around the piles to see the difference in layers of the time before and after the sea level change. Samples of organic material like wood and bones will be taken for determining the age of the site and for botanical and zoological analysis in attempt to reconstruct the environment when the settlement was occupied and later abandoned.
Katarina is delighted and proud to be a recipient of the HFFDR Scholarship to study maritime archaeology at Flinders University, a top programme in the Southern Hemisphere. Her interest and attraction to cultural boundaries and human perception, time, space, language, and thought have been piqued by her recent move to Australia. Katarina expects that her research will give her greater understanding cross-cultural networks and boundaries and the diversity of human experience. She is particularly interested in examining her research within the broader context of human-environment interaction and adaptation to climate change.