Nesrin. A. El-Galy – D.Phil Scholarship – 2017
From the moment I joined the Archaeology Department at Alexandria University, my interest in Archaeology began to blossom. The interest continued through my postgraduate studies at the Alexandria Center for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage. I participated in excavations, underwater surveys, and conferences, and in August 2016, I received my Master’s degree in “Characteristics of Ancient Egyptian Ship and Boat Models” from the University of Alexandria. During my Masters studies I also gained knowledge and experience in instructional design, which subsequently complimented my academic studies. It has fueled ideas that I plan to implement using a range of technologies (3D – virtual reality – augmented reality) in order to develop a new system that supports reconstructing boats and ships, not only to preserve their cultural heritage, but also to create open access to the data.
My D.Phil. builds on the knowledge that I developed for my Master’s degree that combined personal observation and recording of ancient Egyptian boat models to reveal the characteristics of their hulls focusing on archaeological data for hull design, structure and stability. Based on the outcome of the selected models in the research I conducted for the MA research, it was concluded that from a theoretical perspective models were seaworthy, and that they had been created to scale except for the draught that is much slighter.
My D.Phil. research extends this hypothesis and facilitates a future naval architectural study through investigating the performance and stability of ancient Egyptian vessel models. It will be interesting to hold comparison between model design spotting differences and similarities in their behavior in a variety of aquatic medium.
In 2017 I was awarded the opportunity to be an Honor Frost Scholar to pursue my D.Phil. which is a great honor for me. I believe that I will be able to contribute and make a difference. Additionally, it will allow me to meet new people and interact with various cultures and backgrounds, as well as demonstrate my leadership, management and team building skills. Pursuing my Ph.D. will enable me to deepen my expertise in this field and to contribute new research and findings to the field of Maritime Archaeology, making me the first female in Egypt to specialize in ships and boats research.